A theatre is looking for six men and three women from the area to perform in a new production from by award-winning writer Mufaro Makubika.

Theatre Royal Stratford East are seeking anyone of playing ages 18 to 35 of Caribbean or African heritage, to appear alongside Karl Collins, Martina Laird, Ronan Bell and Danielle Walters in Shebeen. There is no need to have any professional experience.

Shebeen is the winner of the 2017 Alfred Fagon Award, and it will receive its world premiere at Nottingham Playhouse this June.

Set in St Ann’s Nottingham in 1958, it focuses on Jamaican couple Pearl and George, who are helping Caribbean migrants to cut loose by hosting a forbidden party at their Shebeen.

Pearl has dreams of opening a restaurant on the Wells Road. George, a retired boxer, has hung his dreams next to his gloves.

A young interracial couple are falling in love and figuring out how to be together. As tensions mount on a night filled with rum, calypso and dancing, and with the Shebeen under threat from the police, everyone is forced to confront the uncomfortable truths their relationships are built upon.

Karl Haynes will be taking to the stage as Sergeant Williams, while Adam Rojko Vega will be playing Constable Reed and Robert Dunne.

Entrants will have the opportunity to perform as guests at the shebeen in the play. There will be some dancing, (not choreographed) and general enjoyment of the party going on.

Workshops will take place on Friday between 6pm and 9pm or Saturday between 10am and 1pm at Theatre Royal Stratford East To apply, send a recent photo of you and your contact details over to Daisy Hale, assistant producer, at dhale@stratfordeast.com.

You would need to be available for all performances and a workshop, technical rehearsal and dress rehearsal on the following dates: Evening Technical Rehearsal: Tuesday, June 19 at Theatre Royal Stratford East.

Afternoon Dress Rehearsal: Wednesday, June 20 at Theatre Royal Stratford East.

If you can’t make every date the theatre encourages you to get in touch nonetheless.

If you have any questions, please contact Daisy Hale on the same email address, or by calling 020 8279 1102.