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CALL OUT for trans, non-binary and gender non-conforming artists and performers.

Untitled 2009 (rehearsed reading) performer call out. 

Photo by Steve Buissinne

Untitled 2009 is a brand new play written by Nelly Kelly and directed by David Wood, produced as part of the 10th Anniversary celebrations of The Gospel According to Jesus, Queen of Heaven, by legendary trans artist and activist Jo Clifford. Supported by Outspoken Arts Scotland. All events will take place at the Tron Theatre, exactly ten years after Queen Jesus’ premiere at the theatre in November 2009 to mark the anniversary and celebrate and reflect on its impact and legacy. 

Nelly, David and the team behind Queen Jesus Productions would be delighted to meet any trans, non-binary and gender non-conforming performers of all ages and experience who are interested in taking part in this special project. All performers will be paid for the day of rehearsal and the day of performance. In addition to this all performers are welcome to take part in workshops hosted by Brazilian artist and activist Renata Carvalho (who plays Jesus in the Brazilian production) and voice expert Susan Worsfold (director of the original production). Performers will also be invited to be part of the audience for the UK and Brazilian productions (The Gospel According to Jesus, Queen of Heaven and O Evangelho Segundo Jesus, Raihna do Ceu) and to take part in post-show discussions. We regret it’s not possible to reimburse travel costs so this opportunity may best suit people based in and near the Central Belt. Actors ITC/Equity minimum daily rates offered for 1+2 Nov.

Important dates (all central Glasgow) 

  • Deadline for expressing interest in casting workshop – Monday 12 Aug 2019
  • Casting workshop – Monday 9 Sep, 10.15-13.15 
  • Queen Jesus performances and workshops Wednesday 30 October to Saturday 2 Nov (exact days & times to follow) 
  • Rehearsal day – Fri 1 Nov, 10.15-18.00 
  • Performance day – Sat 2 Nov, 10.15-16.00 

How to apply 

Please get in touch by mailto:queenjesusplays@gmail.com telling us why you want to be part of the project and a little about you and your performance experience, this can be done in either written form or as a short video application. If submitting a video please send us a YouTube or Vimeo link. 

There is no word/time limit on applications, however please keep your application concise to allow for the team to give a fair amount of consideration to each applicant. 

The casting for Untitled 2009 will take the form of a relaxed workshop on Monday 9 Sep, 10.15-13.15, and we aim to make it accessible for all. On invitation to the casting workshop, a member of the team will be in contact with you to ask of any specific access requirements you may have and will be happy to discuss with you ways in which we can best support you on the day. 

Venue for casting workshop

Vic Bar (internal location), Tron Theatre, 63 Trongate, Glasgow G1 5HB

Map link / www.tron.co.uk / Accessibility info

About Untitled 2009 

In July 2009 a Bible was put on display in GoMA alongside the notice: “If you feel you’ve been excluded from the Bible, please write your way back into it.” The exhibit, Untitled 2009, was intended to be a reclamation of the Bible as a sacred text, created by Rev Jane Clarke, a minister of the Metropolitan Community Church, in collaboration with artists Anthony Schrag and David Malone for the Made in God’s Image exhibition (https://galleryofmodernart.wordpress.com/portfolio/made-in-gods-image/). But it was condemned as a sacrilegious act by churches across Scotland, and globally, as negative reports broke out online. 

Now ten years on, Untitled 2009 will be on display again in Glasgow and the words collected in its margins performed, challenged and explored by a dynamic ensemble of trans, non-binary and gender non-conforming performers in this new piece of theatre, as part of Queen Jesus’ 10th anniversary celebrations. What has changed in the last ten years and what do these words tell us about queer lives in Scotland then and now? 

The Gospel According to Jesus, Queen of Heaven 

The Gospel According to Jesus, Queen of Heaven is a unique, one-woman, site-responsive theatrical piece in which Jesus has returned to earth as a trans woman. Written and performed by Jo Clifford (TAMING OF THE SHREW, EVE) – author of over 80 plays, Stonewall role model, Saltire Society Outstanding Woman, and one of Scotland’s most renowned playwrights – and directed by award-winning director and voice practitioner Susan Worsfold (EVE, HEROINE). Described as having “one of the most remarkable journeys in recent theatre history” (Joyce McMillan, The Scotsman) the play has indeed had an incredible journey over the last ten years since its premiere as part of Glasgay! at the Tron in 2009. From being the subject of hate and abuse from a mass protest outside; to hundreds of critically acclaimed and sold out performances in the UK and Brazil and the resulting creation of a Brazilian version that has become the most talked about work in the country and is at the epicentre of the struggle against censorship and bigotry.

Curated by Queen Jesus Productions, with support from Tron Theatre and Outspoken Arts Scotland, the 10th anniversary celebrations include a three-performance run of the original production and the Scottish premiere of the infamous Brazilian production alongside a programme of performance, learning and discussion inspired by the play’s journey, themes and guiding principles.

Supported by Creative Scotland National Lottery Funding.

Links https://www.facebook.com/JesusQueenofHeaven
Interview with Jo: https://www.scotsman.com
Press coverage of ‘Untitled 2009’ in 2009:
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/
https://www.dailymail.co.uk
http://danimarti.com

Main Photo of Jo Clifford – by Aly Wight

David Wood - Theatre Director
re:Fresh - Paisley Youth Arts Festival 2019

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