An exciting opportunity to appear in Shebeen!

Thursday 15th March 2018

We are seeking 6 men and 4 women of playing ages 18 – 55 and of African or Caribbean heritage to join us for Shebeen, a brand new play written by award winning writer Mufaro Makubika. Applicants must be aged 18 or over. This is a brilliant opportunity to get hands on experience of what it’s like to be involved in a main stage production in a major regional theatre.

about the play

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.


You would have the opportunity to act as guests at the shebeen. There will be a some dancing, (not choreographed) and general enjoyment of the party going on around you. You don’t have to have performed professionally (or at all!) before.

You would need to be available for all performances from Friday 1 – Saturday 16 June (click here for all performance dates and times) and a few rehearsals on the following dates:

Tuesday 29 May (evening)
Wednesday 30 May (evening)
Thursday 31 May (evening, dress rehearsal)
Friday 1 June (afternoon, dress rehearsal)

If you can’t make every date, please do still get in touch – just let us know which dates you are unavailable. This is an unpaid opportunity, but we are able to contribute £4 per day towards travel costs. You’ll also two complimentary tickets for the show to share with friends and family.

Does this sound like it might be for you? To apply, please send a recent photo of you and your contact details over to Liz Johnson, Production Assistant at If you have any questions, please contact Liz on the same email address, or by calling 0115 873 6202.

deadline for applications: Friday 13 April at 5pm