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Casting call

Find out more about the story and roles below

The Story 

Gwen Lally was a queer actor, performer and director hiding in plain sight in the 1930s.


In Plain Sight explores the life of Gwen Lally through memories and imagined conversations with key people in her life, exploring her identity, finding love with partner Mabel, and what it took to produce some of the largest historical plays Britain has ever seen.


This one-hour LGBTQ+ performance will be staged and rehearsed in central Bradford and is being funded by Awards for All and the National Heritage Lottery. We will also be working with young LGBTQ+ people to create the final ten minutes of the performance which will be a restaging of a historical pageant. The performance will be promenade in style moving from outside to inside, and back outside again at the beautiful venue, Bradford Cathedral.


No microphones will be used during the performance so it is important the actors are able to project well.


Auditions: Thursday 7 July between 6:00 & 8:00pm, Friday 8 July between 3:00 & 6:00pm. Central Bradford


Rehearsals: 30 July, 3, 4, 10, 11, 12, 13, 16, 17, 18, 19 August

Performance: 20 August, 2:00pm & 6:00pm


A note on casting: We actively encourage members of the LGBTQ+ community to apply for In Plain Sight and would like our cast to be representative of the community we are serving. This play is being rehearsed and performed in Bradford, City of Culture 2025 and we would love to see some Bradfordians in the cast!


To apply, please send a headshot, up-to-date CV and brief explanation why you would like to be part of the project to

The Roles

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