|Audition Notice||Fix Up||
by Kwame Kwei-Armah
This is Landé Belo's directorial debut, having acted as Assistant Director in the Tower's recent production of To Kill A Mockingbird. Landé's first production with Tower was in 2016, playing Francine/Lena in Clybourne Park. She has since acted in various Tower productions, playing multiple characters in Doctor Faustus, Prudence in The House of Bernarda Alba, Pope Joan/Louise in Top Girls and Jellaby in Arcadia. Appearances with other theatre companies include Gillian in Thriller of the Year (Incognito Theatre), Beatrice in Much Ado About Nothing and Fay in A Chorus of Disapproval (Garden Suburb Theatre). She's thrilled about being given the opportunity to direct and can't wait to get stuck into this wonderful play.
The director writes :
October 2004 and it's Black History Month, but no one's flocking to "Fix Up", Kiyi's bookshop in Tottenham where shelves are filled with the works of Marcus Garvey, James Baldwin, Claude McKay, Toni Morrison ... Property developers are poised to turn the bookshop into a black hair and beauty products shop and Kwesi's room upstairs, the HQ for black political activism, into luxury flats. In walks the mysterious Alice, the first person to buy a book in a long time, and life has officially become complicated for Kiyi and his friends.
The revolution will not be televised, but will it begin in a bookshop full of precious books that no one wants or in real estate funded from the sale of 'Afro Sheen'? Kiyi defiantly states: "You can't replace history with hair gel", but is anyone listening and does anyone care?
Fix Up, the follow up to Kwame Kwei-Armah's highly acclaimed play Elmina's Kitchen, is a brutally honest and witty exposé of a black society more interested in current pop culture fads rather than its unacknowledged past. In true August Wilson style, Kwame Kwei-Armah explores racial identity through the lens of a dynamic cast of deeply flawed characters, trying to find their way.
The play premiered at the Cottesloe Theatre on 16 December 2004. Kwame Kwei-Armah is currently the Artistic Director of the Young Vic.
The characters are :
Playing ages given below are for guidance and are flexible. If you wish to audition for a role but feel you are not the right playing age please either audition in any event or contact the Director prior to the audition.
Kiyi (pronounced 'Key') [playing age 40s - 60s] : Black male, Caribbean, owner of the Fix Up bookshop. Sports greying and unkempt dreadlocks. An intellectual with a strong awareness of history and heritage. A dreamer and not a businessman. Described as having a "refined but noticeable West Indian accent".
Carl [playing age 20s-30s] : Black male, Caribbean, local care-in-the community delivery boy; recovering crack addict with a heart of gold. Stammers occasionally
Kwesi [playing age 20s-30s] : Black male, political activist who rents a room upstairs in the bookshop. Smart, good-looking and rather smug
Norma [playing age 30s-50s] : Black female, Caribbean, Kiyi's no nonsense, straight-talking, friend of old. Part-time church minister and upstanding member of the local community. Underneath the hard exterior, she is sensitive and very caring
Alice [playing age 20s-30s] : Mixed-race female (black Caribbean or African and white European heritage). A customer who has recently discovered the bookshop and just can't stay away; inquisitive, quite willful and assertive, but also extremely vulnerable
We are looking for the following :
Assistant Stage Managers
If you are interested in any of these roles or in being involved in the show in any other capacity please contact the Director, Landé Belo