R&D workshop: The Hamlet Voyage

24th - 28th November at Trinity Community Arts, Bristol


In this R&D we will develop the play The Hamlet Voyage by playwright Rex Obano, which explores a potential performance of Hamlet on a ship off the coast of Sierra Leone – before an audience of African dignitaries – in 1607, during the first English voyage to reach India. The play will incorporate the perspectives and performance styles of West African and South Asian classical cultures, including puppetry, mask, music and movement.

Produced by Re:Verse Theatre ( Watch a 3 min video about the project HERE.


Character breakdown: Name/Sex/Age/Background/Accent/Description

(NOTE: accents listed are preferred, but knowledge of a specific accent is not required to apply)


Nur Mahal: Female / 30s / South Asian / Hindi or Urdu accent / Empress of the Mughal Empire and the true power behind the throne. A shrewd political mind.

Musu: Female / 20s-30s / Black / Sierra Leonean (Temne) accent / Dancer and villager. Knows her own worth and inner strength.


Prince Kpana: Male / 20s-30s / Black / Sierra Leonean (Temne) accent / Heir to the throne. Leads with his heart.

Lucas Fernandez: Male / 30s-50s / Black / Sierra Leonean (Temne) accent / Advisor and Portuguese interpreter for the King in Sierra Leone. Cultured and observant.

William Hawkyns: Male / 30s / White / West Country / Captain of the ship Hector and first English Ambassador to the Mughal court. Drinking buddies with the Emperor.


William Keeling: Male / 30s / White / RP / Captain of the ship Red Dragon. Considers himself moral and open-minded.


John Rodgers: Male / 20s-30s / White / RP / Second in command to Keeling. Looking to get ahead by any means.

George King: Male / 20s / White / West Country / Sailor. Has embraced his worst demons.


Edmund Buckbury: Male / 20s / White / West Country / Sailor. Much smarter than he lets on.


Please highlight in your application whether you have any experience with puppetry, mask, and/or if you play an instrument (not required).  


Workshop dates

Wednesday 24th November - Sunday 28th November, 9am - 5pm.


Workshop Venue

Trinity Community Arts, Trinity Road, Bristol BS2 0NW


Fee: £494 (contract in line with Equity)


Auditions will take place on Saturday 6th November in Bristol (venue tbc upon invitation / online auditions are possible). To apply for an audition, please send your CV and headshot to director Ben Prusiner at by 3rd November, 12.00.