THE SEARCH is on to find the cast for the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games opening and closing ceremonies.
Organisers are looking for 2,000 volunteer cast, athlete hosts, and existing choirs to being this summer’s ceremonies to life.
The shows will be overseen by the Birmingham 2022 Ceremonies Team which is made up of theatre director Iqbal Khan, award-winning writer Maeve Clarke, rapper Joshua ‘RTKal’ Holness, and Peaky Blinders creator, Steven Knight.
Iqbal said: “The Games are getting very real now, and we need to find the best of this region’s vibrant talent to help us truly bring the creative vision and ambition we have for these Ceremonies, to life.
“Performing at the Commonwealth Games is a once in generation opportunity – so get ready to show us what you’ve got if you want to represent your city and region on the biggest global stage.”
The team are looking for people aged 18 and over on March 1 to take on roles in the shows.
Volunteer cast members will be in the majority of the shows and will be able to show they can move to a beat but also share any other talents like circus, dance, ballet or parkour.
Athlete hosts is on off-stage role and they will welcome the athletes that are taking part in the ceremonies.
The choirs must have previous singing and performing experience and be able to learn show material from March and commit to regular rehearsal sessions beginning in July 2022, running all the way up to each ceremony.
Councillor Karen Grinsell, deputy leader of Solihull Council, said: “Solihull is playing a big part in the Games – we’re hosting top athletes in six events at the NEC this summer.
“As well as buying tickets for events on our doorstep, there are lots of ways to get involved.
“This week we’re putting out a call for performers, choirs and hosts for the opening and closing ceremonies.”
The deadline for application is 11.59pm on February 7 and only one application per person or choir will be accepted and only 3,000 people will be invited to audition.
For more or to complete an application form visit www.birmingham2022.com/ceremonies.