Open call for diverse cast

Aug 2 2022 | By More

Casting Call: (There Are) No Strangers Here

Edinburgh director Mark Kydd has put out an open call for three roles in (There Are) No Strangers Here which will play the Scottish Storytelling Centre from 9 to 11 September 2022.

The script is by Hilary Spiers, Laure Paterson, Susan Chaney and Richard Peoples, who were inspired to write a piece about the continuing usefulness of older/retired people to society with support from the University of the Third Age (U3A).

Poster for (There Are) No Strangers Here

The play follows a retired Scottish couple who are obliged to shelter refugees displaced by a global climate crisis. The arrival of the refugees forces the couple to confront their prejudices and question their own value to society.

The company is looking to cast the following roles:

Agnes – female-presenting Caucasian actor, playing age 60s -70s; strong, opinionated, initially highly resistant to the idea of having strangers in her home. Working-class Scottish accent.

Danny – male-presenting Caucasian actor, playing age 60s -70s; affable and easy-going, but no pushover. Working-class Scottish accent.

Ziad – male-presenting actor from the Global Majority, playing age 50s upwards; forced to leave his country of origin with his pregnant daughter Maryam, Ziad is highly educated and intelligent – a clinical psychologist with the soul of a poet.

Rehearsals will be take place in Edinburgh in late August/early September, with three performances at the Scottish Storytelling Centre on Friday 9 and Saturday 10 September. There will be a separate filming of the show on Sunday 11 September.

A guaranteed small fee will be paid for this project – details on application. For all further details, please contact director Mark Kydd –


(There Are) No Strangers Here
Scottish Storytelling Centre, 43-45 High St, EH1 1SR. Phone booking: 0131 556 9579
Friday 9 – Saturday 10 September 2022
Evenings: 7.30pm; Mat Sat: 2.30pm.
Tickets and details: book here.


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