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Call for actors in Sydney for Lincoln-Darwin radio play

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Some of you may know that last year I staged a play at the annual British Association for the Advancement of Science meeting, which brought back Abraham Lincoln and Charles Darwin – who were both born on 12th February 1809 — to reflect on what has taken place since their time. Denyse O’Leary kindly mentioned the play here. It takes the form of a talk show, with all the show biz that entails. At the end Lincoln and Darwin were asked whether they wished to stay in the present or return to the 19th century. One stays and the other goes – but which does which?


The play’s running time is 80 minutes and it covers a host of issues common to Lincoln and Darwin’s interests, including race, religion, science and politics. It’s got some funny bits, both intentional (especially from Jack) and unintentional (usually from Lincoln and Darwin trying to adjust to today).


Jason Rennie plans to stage this play for Australian radio and needs four actors for the following roles, each of which is quite distinct:


  • Lincoln and Darwin (as you’d expect them each to be)
  • Sheila (the bubbly talk show host)
  • Jack (the smart aleck sidekick)


(In principle, Sheila and Jack could reverse genders but the personality contrast needs to be present.)


If you’re interested, please contact Jason at



3 Replies to “Call for actors in Sydney for Lincoln-Darwin radio play

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    Jason Rennie says:

    I should note that it will be used as part of a podcast not on the radio (sadly). The deadline to record in time for feb 12 is tight but I think doable. I live in baulkham hills for sydney siders who are interested.

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    AussieID says:

    Jason, a thespian career calls I know. I’ve done commercial voice-over for TV, but I’m in Tassie so, sorry.

    You doing this in Australia is great, but unless you call on some expat/backpackin’ Yanks and Poms, my vision of, say, Lincoln with an Aussie accent would be devastating (funny or otherwise).

    I’m picturing Lincoln giving The Gettysburg Address – for those who don’t know, it starts with “Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth, upon this continent,” etc. But with an Aussie at the helm, it would be closer in rewritten-Australian, as, “A couple of years back, mate, our convict forebears stepped ashore and said, well, if we’re gonna do something with this place, we’ll need to build a pub to start. Whose shout?”

    Best of luck in getting your voice talent together.

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    Terry Mirll says:

    Prof. Fuller kindly sent me a .pdf version of his play. I thought it was excellent–lots of history mixed in with lively dialog. Good stuff. I’d love to hear a podcast.

    By the way, Prof. Fuller, (semi off-topic here)…
    I sent you Ch. 1 (actually, Act 1) of the draft of my next novel, Jake Killjoy, P.I., in: Dial D for Darwin. Have you had a chance to read it?

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