Dream Casting

Disrupting the industry and making ‘dream roles’ a reality.

In March, the Washington Post published this article. See images below.

An exploration of how actors of colour are typecast in Hollywood. Inspired by this, The Virtual Collaborators have launched ‘Dream Casting’, pairing writers and actors to create short monologues to dismantle, challenge, and disrupt ‘typecasting’ in the industry – particularly for artists of colour. These will be performed at our Virtual Collaborators festival on 12-13 September – script-in-hand provocations to the entertainment industry from both established and emerging artists. Dream Casting promises to be funny, political, bold, imaginative. Scroll down to see our full line-up of exciting partnerships and book tickets for the show here!

Naomi Ackie and Bayo Gbadamosi

Writer: Naomi Ackie

Naomi Ackie is an actress and writer from Walthamstow known for her roles in End Of The F**cking World (BAFTA Winner Best Supporting Actress 2020); Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019). In 2017, she won the British Independent Film Award for Most Promising Newcomer for her role in Lady Macbeth. Naomi’s other credits include: Yardie (Warp Films); Doctor Who (BBC); The Five (Sky); Damilola, Our Beloved Boy (BBC); Vera (ITV); The Bisexual (Channel 4); Cleaning Up (ITV).

Performer: Bayo Gbadamosi

Bayo is an actor and DJ whose recent screen credits include: The Great (Hulu); War of The Worlds (Fox/ Canal+) This Time with Alan Partridge; Doctor Who; Casualty (BBC). Onstage, he has appeared in Barber Shop Chronicles (National Theatre/ NZ/Aus Tour); Gloria (Hampstead Theatre); I See You (Royal Court); Little Revolution (Almeida Theatre); Mad About The Boy (Unicorn Theatre, Bush Theatre and Young Vic); Little Baby Jesus (Oval House Theatre); The Gods Are Not To Blame; The Litter; Uncle Vanya (The Young Vic).

Matilda Ibini and Ayesha Antoine

Writer: Matilda Ibini

Matilda Ibini is a bionic playwright and screenwriter from East London. Credits include: Unprecedented Series, Headlong/Century Films/BBC4. Little Miss Burden, Bunker Theatre. Choice and Control, Old Vic Theatre. Muscovado, UK tour. She has screen projects in development with BBC Films and Raw Productions.

Performer: Ayesha Antoine

Ayesha is an actress with an extensive screen and stage career. She also writes and produces short films. Recent theatre credits include: [BLANK] (Donmar Warehouse); White Teeth, A Wolf in Snakeskin Shoes, The House That Will Not Stand (Kiln Theatre); Hamlet (Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company); Life of Galileo (Young Vic); Dirty Great Love Story (Arts Theatre); trade (Young Vic); The Suicide (National Theatre); Red Velvet (Garrick Theatre). Television includes: In The Long Run (Sky); Chewing Gum (Retort/ Channel 4) Thunderbirds (ITV) The Long Song, Doctor Who, Holby City, Doctors, Pompidou, Bellamy’s People, Mongrels, Mouth to Mouth, Grange Hill (BBC); The Bill(ITV); Skins (Company Pictures)

Alissa Anne Jeun Yi and Clare Perkins

Writer: Alissa Anne Jeun Yi

Alissa Anne Jeun Yi is a writer-performer whose work has been performed everywhere from The Yard Theatre, Battersea Arts Centre, The Roundhouse and various UK festivals. She has received writing commissions from BBC Radio Drama North, the Bush Theatre, the V&A Museum, and English Touring Theatre. This year her short play Avocado Fried Rice (which Alissa also performed) aired on BBC Radio 3 and her darkly comic tale The Machine is now available to listen to as part of ETT’s podcast F*cked Up Bedtime Stories (for Adults) on Spotify, Apple Podcasts and Acast. Alissa makes autobiographical performance art / comedy shows and is a regular performer on the London and UK festival cabaret and comedy circuit. In 2018, Alissa’s debut solo show Love Songs – developed through the Soho Theatre – was nominated for two Edinburgh comedy awards and the Tony Craze. Alissa is currently working on her second autobiographical show. She is developing various original projects for TV and audio after training as part of the BBC Writersroom Drama Room 2020 cohort. www.alissaannejeunyi.com.

Performer: Clare Perkins

Clare is an actress with an illustrious career onstage and screen. She is well known for her roles in Eastenders and Family Affairs. Other screen credits include: The Wheel Of Time (Amazon Studios/Sony Pictures); The Crown; Young Wallander (Netflix); Flack (Hat Trick); Death in Paradise (BBC) Ladybird (Ken Loach); Secrets and Lies (Mike Leigh); Bullet Boy (Ch4 Films). Some of Clare’s stage credits include: Sweat (Donmar/West End); Emilia (Globe/West End); GENESIS INC (Hampstead Theatre); The Immigrant (Hoxton Hall); Primetime (Royal Court); Play On, Little Revolution (Almeida Theatre) The Curious Incident of The Dog in The Night Time (UK Tour); The House That Will Not Stand (Tricycle Theatre).

Sarah Kosar and Michele Austin

Writer: Sarah Kosar

Sarah Kosar is a writer for theatre, audio and TV. She has recently recorded her original audio drama Bear Trap for Audible and is developing an original TV series with NBCU. She was part of the Old Vic 12 (2017/2018) and received a Tier 1 Exceptional Promise in playwriting visa. 

THEATRE INCLUDES: Upcoming world premiere – Our Name is Not John (Arcola Theatre); Armadillo (Yard Theatre); Mumburger (off the WALL – USA, Old Red Lion, The Archivist’s Gallery- London); Hot Dog (The Last Refuge – London, Thinking Cap Theatre – USA); Spaghetti Ocean (Live Lunch Reading, Royal Court); Butter Brain (Broadway Barking Theatre, Theatre Royal Stratford East).

Performer: Michele Austin

Michele Austin’s prolific career encompasses numerous theatre, film & television credits. Theatre work includes Cyrano de Bergerac at the Playhouse, The Hunt, Medea and The Chain Play at the Almeida, White Teeth, The House That Will Not Stand and The Riots at Kiln Theatre, Instructions for Correct Assembly, The Lost Mariner and Been So Long at the Royal Court, The Seagull at the Lyric Hammersmith, To Kill a Mockingbird at Regent’s Park, Sixty-Six Books at the Bush and Generations at The Young Vic.

Michele has appeared in many of the country’s most popular television programmes including Dark Heart, Doctors, Eastenders, The Casual Vacancy, Death in Paradise, Holby City, Peep Show, Silent Witness, Outnumbered, The Bill, The Wife of Bath and Gimme Gimme Gimme. Films include The Children Act, What We Did on Our Holiday, Another Year, The Infidel, All or Nothing and Secrets & Lies.

Anjli Mohindra and Mona Goodwin

Writer: Anjli Mohindra

Anjli is an actress with known for her television roles in The Sarah Jane Adventures as Rani Chandra, as Nadia in the BBC One series Bodyguard, and as Josie Chancellor in the ITV series Dark Heart. is due to complete filming ‘Vigil’ for BBC 1. She recently finished performing in a run of ‘Noises Off’ in the West End. Anjli is part of BAFTA’s Elevate Programme. She wrote her debut piece ‘People Under The Moon‘ for Virtual Collaborators after she was selected to partake in the Royal Court Writers Programme.

Performer: Mona Goodwin

Theatre credits include: ‘The Visit’ (National Theatre), ‘Napoli Brooklyn’ (Park Theatre), ‘Blue Heart’ (Orange Tree), ‘Where Have I Been All My Life’ (New Vic), ‘Finding Noor’ (Glasgow Citizens), ‘Cling to Me Like Ivy’ (Birmingham Rep) and ‘Spring Awakening’ (Lyric Hammersmith/West End). Film credits include: ‘Ali and Ava’, (BBC Film, due for release 2020) ‘Brighton Rock’ and ‘Freefall’. TV roles include: Gina in the ‘Black Mirror’ episode ‘The Entire History of You’ (C4), Rohinka in the mini-series ‘Capital’ (BBC) and feature-length drama ‘Marvellous’ (BBC).

Ajjaz Awad and Martina Laird

Writer: Ajjaz Awad

Ajjaz Awad trained as an actor at RADA and ALRA, where she was awarded The Laurence Olivier Award Bursary. Recent theatre credits: Zorro: The Musical (Hope Mill Theatre), How Not To Drown (Traverse Theatre) & Another Star to Steer by (Brighton Dome). TV/Radio includes: Holby City (BBC) and Doctor Who (Big Finish Productions). Having just completed Tamasha’s Playwrights Group and The Royal Court’s Playwrights Group, she had her first scratch of a play at The Soho Theatre: Mixed Feelings.      

Performer: Martina Laird

Martina Laird has worked extensively in the industry. Theatre work includes The Royal Shakespeare Company, The Royal National Theatre, The Almeida, The Royal Court, The Tricycle, The Globe, Theatre Royal Stratford East and the Donmar Warehouse. 

Having appeared in many television series, Martina is best known as the popular character Comfort Jones on BBC’s flagship drama Casualty. In her five years on the show she also won two acting awards for her work from the Michael Elliott Foundation and the BFM (Screen Nation) Awards.

Josh-Susan Enright and Danusia Samal

Writer: Josh Susan

Josh-Susan is a Queer creative who has worked in theatre, Performance and Visual arts and also as a writer. Work as an actor includes 4 devised plays with Outbox Queer theatre company including Affection and And the rest of me floats (Bush theatre/Birmingham Rep). The film After Butt (featured at MOMA New York) with artist Ian Giles, a film of the history of Queer publication Butt magazine. Other theatre work includes The Pleasure of your Bedlam with The Arcola Mental Health awareness company, Twelfth Night with Custom Practise directed by Rae Mcken. As collaborator Josh-Susan has worked with Anthea Hamilton to create The Squash for Tate Britain, and also with artist JASA to create The Relations for Frieze Arts. Josh-Susan is excited to now be pursuing a writing career after having a lot of time to write during Lockdown Limbo. 

Performer: Danusia Samal

Danusia is an actress, writer and singer who has performed at the Royal Court, RSC, Globe, Royal Exchange and many more. Screen credits include The Great (Hulu), Ghost in the Shell (Paramount), Tyrant (Fox). Writing credits include: Out of Sorts (winner of Theatre503 Playwriting Award); Birth Right (LAMDA Films); Busking It (Shoreditch Town Hall/HighTide); Snap (Old Vic Connect) Decolonising History (Tamasha Digital); Conditionally (SOHO); Langthorne Stories (SOHO). Danusia is currently under commission with the BBC, Sky, and Soho Theatre as one of the Soho Six playwrights.