Aisha Zia

We have a new opportunity for young women of South Asian heritage from North Kirklees to take part in Worlds Apart – inspired by the life and work of Charlotte Brontë. This project is part of the lead up to 2016, the 200th anniversary of the birth of the world famous writer and creator of the classic novel Jane Eyre, who grew up and lived in the area.

As Creative Scene’s very first project specifically for young people, Worlds Apart is a collaboration between Huddersfield-based Chol Theatre and Gomersal’s Red House Museum. The February half-term project involves developing a theatre piece responding to the surroundings of Red House Museum, with its special connections to Charlotte Brontë.

Before becoming a museum, Red House was the home of Charlotte Brontë’s best friend, Mary Taylor. Charlotte was a regular visitor to Red House and she took inspiration from the political discussions taking place around her, local characters and local community hardships for her writing, particularly the novel Shirley, which is seen as her most ‘local’ novel.

Mary Taylor played a key role in encouraging Charlotte Brontë’s ambitions as a writer. At 33, Charlotte was at a crossroads: she had the draft of her second novel and the challenges of losing all her siblings. Mary supported Charlotte to keep writing and publish her work.

For Worlds Apart we’re conducting an open casting call to find a group of South Asian young women aged between 14 and 25 to work alongside Chol Theatre’s guest director for this project, Evie Manning of Common Wealth Theatre and writer Aisha Zia. Evie and Aisha recently made the critically acclaimed No Guts, No Heart, No Glory – a performance event that was staged in a boxing gym, based on interviews with and performed by young Muslim women.

We’re looking for young women who can commit to taking part during half-term week – Monday 16 to Friday 20 February, as well as for the public performances on Saturday 21 February. We’re not looking for experienced performers or young women who know lots about theatre. There’s a drop-in workshop on Saturday 24 January at Dewsbury Town Hall from 10:30am – 4:00pm so young women can find out more about the project, and following that there’s a group audition between 2:00pm and 5:00pm on Saturday 31 January, also at Dewsbury Town Hall. Creative Scene will pay travel expenses during the course of the project.

Worlds Apart hopes to shout about North Kirklees’ connections to the Brontës and this project is part of that storytelling. Members of the public are invited to come along to the public performances at Red House Museum on Saturday 21 February at 1:00pm, 2:00pm and 3:00pm.

Worlds Apart Drop-in Workshop
Saturday 24 January, 10.30am – 4.00pm
Dewsbury Town Hall, Wakefield Old Road, Dewsbury, WF12 8DG

Worlds Apart Group Workshop Audition
Saturday 31 January, 2.00pm – 5.00pm
Dewsbury Town Hall, Wakefield Old Road, Dewsbury, WF12 8DG

Worlds Apart
Saturday 21 February, 1.00pm, 2.00pm & 3.00pm
Red House Museum, 281 Oxford Road, Gomersal, Cleckheaton, BD19 4JP
Tickets: £5