Casting Call for Actors!

Clay & Diamonds are looking for actors to take part in a production at BFI Flare on 24th March 2017. Orlando: The Queer Element is an immersive performance that explores our understanding of sex and gender from a scientific as well as cultural and historical perspective and will be performed to an audience of sixth form and university students as well as the general public alongside discussion and a screening of the film.

Directed by Andy Dawson, Artistic Director of Clay & Diamonds, time travelling audiences will step inside Orlando’s story as it unfurls across history to explore what it means when we call ourselves woman, man and those spaces in between.

Casting will take place in London on 8th March with rehearsals in week of 20th March. Actors will rehearse for 1 ½ days during that week with the performance on the day of 24th March totalling 2 ½ days at Equity minimum rate of £80 per day (£200).


Key Dates

Deadline for applications  17:00, 6th March

Casting Workshop (London venue)  10:45-12:15, 8th March 

1 ½ days of rehearsal (dates tbc with actors)  w/c 20th March

Call time at BFI Southbank  09:00, 24th March

Public Performance  13:00-16:00, 24th March



Two actors who identify as transgender who wish to explore that space between one sex and the other through live performance. No matter how you identify from within the community, we look forward to your application for the role.

One actor to play 18th Century poet and satirist Jonathan Swift. 

One actor to play early 20th Century Geneticist Nettie Stevens.

One actor to play Peter Goodfellow, who discovered the SRY gene in the 1980s.

We are casting these roles regardless of age, race, ethnicity, sex, or gender identity.



Please send your application to by 17:00 on 6th March 2017. Include your experience and motivation for the project.


Clay & Diamonds

As educators & theatre makers, we seek to ask questions & evoke curiosity in our partners & audiences. Our work allows us to explore humanity & strengthen our communality through open and frank collaborations between artists & scientists.

Drawing together the artistic & scientific method offers a rich opportunity that comes out of their contrast & compatibility. While one looks for questions & the other for answers, both science & art look to examine & express nature with practitioners in each thriving off creativity & precision. At Clay & Diamonds, we bring together artists, scientists & audiences to explore the whole picture. Through unusual collaborations, we create space for full & open discussion around the nature of life. This defines the work that we make.

George Macpherson