A brand new musical which follows the story  of a young girl who is of mixed heritage and feels none of the history books reflect her is looking for cast and production participants.

 Fern Meets Dido follows the imaginary character Fern who while on a school trip to Kenwood House in north London,  goes back in time and meets the real life but little known historic figure  Dido Elizabeth Belle. 

Dido was born in about 1761, and was the daughter of Maria, an enslaved African woman and a British naval officer Sir  John Lindsay who met in the West Indies where he was stationed. He subsequently took his young daughter back to England and asked his extended family to raise her at Kenwood House.

Dido and Fern were born in very different times but realise they have much in common. For the first time Fern sees that there were people in history just like her.

Staged by Sing a Book, a Community Interest Company, which believes passionately that people learn best when they are enjoying themselves, the musical is looking for young people aged between 13 and 16 to take part in the production, performing or behind the scenes. If you are keen and are a bit older or younger please apply anyway. 

Sing a Book is offering a two-week boot camp at The Shoestring Theatre in Oakley Road, SE25. 

There, experienced DBS cleared coaches will provide coaching in the performing arts including acting, singing and dancing.

 The bootcamp will run for two weeks in August from 20 to 24 and 27 to 31 between 10 am and 4 pm.

This will prepare  those involved to perform in Fern Meets Dido – The Musical which will be staged at the theatre on November 4 and 5.

There will be a charge of £2 per day but if that’s a problem, talk to organisers. To get involved auditions and registration for the boot camp will take place on Saturday July 14  from 10 m to 1 pm at the Shoestring Theatre.

For further info: 07719 131 934

Email: singabook.124@gmail.com 

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