Director’s plea for black actor

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A THEATRE director in Barnsley is appealing for black actors to come forward to play a key role in one of his forthcoming productions - after auditions failed to attract anyone for the part.

Nick Gillott is directing the Lamproom Theatre Company’s production of John Steinbeck’s story Of Mice and Men, which takes to the stage in November.

The director has managed to find actors for many roles, except Crooks - a black stable hand.

Nick said: “I’m really struggling to get a black actor but am happy to work with anyone who has the aptitude to act and confidence to hold a large dialogue with the main actor.

“In an ideal world Crooks would be aged around 30, but I’d be happy with anything between 25 and 50.”

Nick said the part is “incredibly powerful”, adding: “Crooks’s role is very much to highlight the theme of loneliness.”

Of Mice and Men tells the tragic story of George and Lennie, two migrant workers on a ranch during the Great Depression in 1930s America.

Disabled Crooks is isolated by other ranch workers because of his race. Of Mice and Men runs from November 15 to 19.

Contact Nick by emailing nick_gillott@hotmail.com or call 07812 403064.

Visit www.barnsleylamproom.com for more information.