Homes: A Refugee Story - Call for Submissions

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HOMES: A Refugee Story

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About the Grand Theatre

A leading cultural hub, the Grand is proudly located in the heart of downtown London, Ontario. We are a place for all to gather, discuss, challenge, debate, celebrate, and be inspired and entertained by exceptional theatre experiences.  A not-for-profit regional theatre, the Grand produces and presents professional theatre on two stages: the Spriet Stage (~800 seats) and the Auburn Stage (~150 seats).

A typical season at the Grand runs from September to May including an annual fall High School Project production, which has a 23-year history as an integral part of our programming.

The Grand is World Curious and London Proud.  We bring the world to London with diverse, relevant, and original stories from around the globe, and through collaborations with exceptional national and international performing arts organizations.

And we bring London to the world stage with a commitment to developing, producing, and premiering new and original stories through COMPASS, our new play development program. In partnership with artists and playwrights from around the world and around the corner, we present relevant, provocative and entertaining stories that remind us of our collective humanity.

The Project

Homes: A Refugee Story
Written by Winnie Yeung and Haysam Kadri
Adapted from the book by Abu Bakr Al Rabeeah and Winnie Yeung
Director: Haysam Kadri

Performed on the Auburn Stage

What is it like to live through a civil war?

Based on the award-winning novel by the same name, Homes: A Refugee Story tells the remarkable true story of the Al Rabeeah family and their harrowing journey in finding a safe place to call home. From Iraq, to Syria, to Canada, in this heart-wrenching solo performance, audiences will join the young Abu Bakr Al Rabeeah as he recounts his years in Syria and the juxtapositions of growing up in a war zone: horrific, unimaginable events punctuated by soccer, cousins, video games, and the love of friends and family.

This is a one-person 80-minute show. Actor must be able to speak Arabic and English.

Rehearsals Begin: January 30, 2023
Previews: February 21, 2023
Opening: February 24, 2023
Closing: March 5, 2023
Potential Extension up to March 12, 2023

Middle Eastern male in their twenties.

Abu Bakr inhabits all characters in the story. He is matter-of-fact, though not cold. Bakr is easy-going, charming, and sweet. He’s given to laughing and smiling to himself when he recalls his life, even the difficult moments. There’s simply a gentle light and warmth to him. At first, Bakr is rather shy about telling his story. He deeply desires to share his life, but there’s an undercurrent of bashfulness. Despite this, he is still a warm and eager storyteller.


Please submit a resume and headshot for consideration via Casting Workbook or through our form located here: Please only submit once.

The deadline for submissions to be received is Tuesday, June 28 at 5:00 pm. 

Priority will be given to Equity artists, and they will be seen first at all auditions.

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