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8 Actors Required for Dystopian Drama Play for Adelaide Fringe 2022

8 Actors Required for Dystopian Drama Play for Adelaide Fringe 2022

South Australia, Australia
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This production is volunteer-bases (non-paid).

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Escaping The Burning Sun: In a World Where Everyone Lives Forever, Why Are People Dying?

Escaping The Burning Sun is an original play by Jaziel Siegertsz. It is a one hour long, one act play, written specifically with the Fringe in mind. The play is a dystopian drama that dissects what it means to live and die, and takes a critical look at our world via the lens of this fictional one. It touches on power imbalances that are growing through wealth hoarding, the ethics of regulating life and death, and the pain that tyrannical governments have on its peoples.


The play follows eight main characters, five of whom the audience don’t meet until halfway through. They live in a world where people undergo a natural biological process called mithalosis. Mithalosis is the process where an individual ceases aging between the ages of twenty to thirty, and it isIt isn’t unheard of for people to stop aging early or late. An example of this would be our protagonist, Sagan, who stops aging at only fifteen. In this world, as one can imagine, overpopulation is a big issue. And it is dealt with by what is supposed to be a random selection. Whoever qualifies in said selection each night is sent up into space on a pod to be incinerated by the sun. To make things fair of course, only those who have stopped aging are in the running. Fairness, however, is brought into question when fifteen-year-old Sagan is randomly selected to die as she has recently stopped aging. When Sagan is sent to the pod, she encounters other people who are to meet their end. And through talking to them, not only is the fairness of the selection questioned, but so is the legitimacy of the randomness and the ethics of it all as well as the very foundations their world is built upon. Sagan and her new acquaintances decide that enough is enough and they try their best to escape their fate - to escape the burning sun approaching them.

The owner of this listing has agreed to abide by local 'working with children' regulations. All minors must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Audition / Rehearsal / Production dates

Rehearsals are held on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1-4pm in Morphett Vale, Adelaide (5162). Rehearsals start on the 9th of November 2021.
There is a cold read on the 19th of October.
Applicants will be informed of result before the 15th of October.
Performances will be during the Adelaide Fringe 2022 Season (18th of February - 20th March). Performance venues with either be in the city and/or south of the city.

Job payment

Unpaid – this is a collaboration opportunity - Jazz is launching Quasar Arts as a theatre company as a 21-year old university music student. He wishes to grow the business to be able to pay actors in future projects, but this project is unpaid.

Collaborations should create mutual benefit and are usually amateur, student or 'Time for Print' projects.


Blake Wills

Is 24-32/ equiv 20-36 (in other words, Blake is 56 and stopped ageing at 24). Blake fell into carer’s work when they were young and never ventured into anything else. Not because they weren’t ambitious or motivated, but because the grind to live stole so much of their time. Blake has been a carer at Astra Orphanage since its opening 34 years ago. Blake is tired and has given up on a future for themselves, but hopes that they can have a positive impact on the future of kids like Sagan.

Anyone, aged 17 to 35

Applications closed 10 October 2021.

Camille Opas

Is 22-9/ equiv 20-11 (31). Camille, unlike Blake, still has life in her. She is aware of the reality of the unfairness of the Qualifications, and looks into things like the Neighplan movement in her spare time. She makes a great carer and an even better friend. She gets on so well with all the kids at the orphanage, and works her butt of every day and still manages to have a smile on her face every morning.

Anyone, aged 17 to 35

Applications closed 10 October 2021.

Sagan Page

Sagan, 15, is a bright young mind who thinks herself mature for her age, especially given all she has been through, but at heart, she is still a kid. Sagan was always interested in science and technology, but ever since her parents were burnt, she has been thinking of ways to escape the pods if she ever finds herself in one. Sagan takes everything in her stride and seems to be able to handle so much, but she hasn’t given herself a moment to sit and explore all that she has been through.

Female, aged 17 to 23

Applications closed 10 October 2021.

Dr Drew Kepler

A quirky and eccentric character of over three-hundred years old (24-301/325 to be exact), Drew is a lot of fun even if their speech can be a little outdated. Drew is a well-respected astrophysicist by day and a pioneer within the secret Neighplan Solution movement by night. They believe in ending The Qualifications and ‘solving’ the overpopulation problem by colonising the neighbouring planet. They are genuinely interested in Sagan and are not malicious or manipulative.

Anyone, aged 17 to 35

Applications closed 10 October 2021.

Agnes Ainsley

Poor Agnes has been through quite a lot. Now in her fourth century of life, she has bottled up her mind to protect herself from her own reality. In her monologues, she explains it all. She is a broken woman who has enough sense left to quickly analyse her entire being an experience for those she has only just met when faced with the reality of the dire situation. This shows her kindness and selflessness even though she comes across at the beginning as the exact opposite of those things.

Female, aged 17 to 35

Applications closed 10 October 2021.

Azriel Creed

Is a nervous young man (22-7/29) who feels as though his life still has yet to start. He is a computer programmer for work and still lives with his mum, because even though he only went into the field for the money via his mum’s suggestion, everything costs far too much for him or his mum to live on their own. Azriel gains confidence throughout his time on the pod as he realises that his skills are one of the components that give everyone a chance of living.

Anyone, aged 17 to 35

Applications closed 10 October 2021.

Fordwin Redfield

Is like an oak tree. He exudes a feeling of age and knowledge and wisdom. Being over seven-hundred years old, he has had many careers and lovers throughout his long life. He has been around since the beginning of The Qualifications and has somehow managed to miss every one through sheer luck. There aren’t many oak trees standing left. Since Fordwin has been around for so long, he has witnessed how The Qualifications have changed and evolved from good to worse than bad.

Anyone, aged 17 to 35

Applications closed 10 October 2021.

Helix Rey Ellion

Is your bad boy. But kind at heart (21-3/24). Helix is only ‘bad’ because he doesn’t behave, dress, and speak in the ways his parents want him to. He can be a little rude and blunt, but that’s as ‘mean’ of a person he gets. He finds himself in fights and other questionable situations only because he is that guy that will stand up for what he believes is right and defend those who can’t defend themselves. He makes sure to respect things like the way someone wishes to be addressed etc.

Anyone, aged 17 to 35

Applications closed 10 October 2021.

Potential new character in new drafts of script

Works for a rebel organisation who has access to the Announcement lists a day before they are made public. They work hard to try and save as many people from those lists as possible, but they have found themselves in a bit of a pickle now that they’re on the list this time too.

Anyone, aged 17 to 35

Applications closed 10 October 2021.

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Listing created: 24 August 2021
Applications closed: 10 October 2021
Casting #1141474