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Actors of all levels of experience are invited to audition.
Subject Title: Te Molimau Auditions - (Insert name of character your are auditioning for)
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Auditions will be held at Belvoir St (Time and place TBC), Gadigal Lands - Eora Nation (Redfern, Sydney)
Rehearsals: 8th July - 6th August Production: 7th August-24th August
Paid work - box office split.
The western world has continued to consume and abuse the world’s resources despite the warning signs and calls for change which echoed and resounded throughout all the years prior. Tokelau, a small Polynesian nation floating in the middle of the vast Pacific ocean, was one of the first nations in the world to feel the effects of global warming almost 50 – 60 years before; changing weather patterns, a shift in animal migration in the skies and the sea and perhaps the most obvious of them all at the time; rising sea levels.
This play is set on Tokelau in her final hour above sea level before it is entirely submerged by the rising sea. The Australian government, who now administers the welfare of Tokelau and the Tokelauan people, have sent a convoy to Tokelau to evacuate the people from the four atolls Nukunonu, Fakaofo, Atafu and Olohega and bring them back to Australia to resettle them on reserved land gifted by the Gadigal peoples of the Eora Nation. All the people from across Tokelau have boarded ships bound for Samoa, where Australia bound planes await them.
All, except one woman.
This is Vitolina, a young Tokelauan woman in her mid-twenties who was born and raised on the atoll of Nukunonu, a woman who can see no life for herself anywhere but on this soil. Numerous attempts to persuade Vitolina to evacuate the island with the rest of her people have failed so the Australian government, worried about their reputation and credibility, send in Fatia. Fatia is a young Australian born Tokelauan who works as a government official in the Department of Internal Affairs. He is also the Australian governments’ last hope to persuade Vitolina to join the rest of her people.
The dialogue between Vitolina and Fatia become a battle of issues; identity as Tokelauans, tension between those in the homeland and those in Australia, the state of the environment and who is to blame, definitions of ‘home’ , and a revelation and consequently a decision which alters the relationship between the two quite dramatically.
Writer: Taofia Pelesasa
Director: Emele Ugavule
Assistant Director: Ayeesha Ash
Choreographer: Sela Vai
Lighting Designer: Amber Silk
Please note that whilst the characters of VITOLINA, FATIA AND HEHILIA are Tokelauan, we encourage actors of all Pacific backgrounds to submit an audition request.
The roles of PRIME MINISTER and MAY are for Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander & South Sea Islander actors only. Please do not submit an audition for this role unless you identify as Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander or South Sea Islander.
All actors will be required to learn a traditional Tokelauan song and dance for callbacks (learning material to be provided).
VITOLINA - Tokelauan, mid 20’s-early 30’s, female. VITOLINA is our heroine, and daughter of HEHILIA.
FATIA - Tokelauan/European, mid 20’s-early 30’s, male. FATIA is a journalist for SkyNews.
MAY - Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander, mid 20’s-early 30’s, female. MAY is an air hostess for Fiji Airways.-
HEHILIA - Tokelauan, 50’s-60’s, female. Mother of VITOLINA.
PRIME MINISTER - Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander or South Sea Islander, early 30’s, male or female.
NEWS EDITOR/ANCHOR - Any ethnicity, mid 20’s, female. Works for SkyNews.