Casting call

  • Open Call
  • Scotland
  • 08/03/2024
  • Open Call
  • Scotland
  • 08/03/2024

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Dip a rag in the burn,
Knot it to the tree,
In its decay,
Comes the remedy.

A lone clootie tree stands between the breathing and the buried, the hurt and the healing, the forgotten and the future. A journalist returns home, determined to unravel a Victorian mystery of a suspicious death. The history she reveals exposes secrets that had been buried for generations.

By the clootie tree, in a place meant for recovery and wellbeing, tragic forces are looming, ever-present.

This new play brings together Highland theatre-makers to tell a sorrowful story set in the Far North of Scotland, past and present. Commissioned by Vivid Roots Collective to explore gender inequalities in medicine, emerging Highland playwright, Annie MacDonald, offers a poignant and powerful response, telling a story which reaches across centuries. The Wound, the Rag & the In-Between asks unsettling questions about the spaces between trust, belief and recovery.

If you are interested in applying to perform in this new play, please read the application pack in full before applying.

The gender specified is the gender of the character, anyone is welcome to apply for the role if they can confidently perform the specified gender and can demonstrate this in their showreel/self-tape.

We welcome applications from performers of any ethnicity for characters other than Lubna (see Lubna’s description)

The accent of the character does not need to be the natural accent of the performer, but they should be able to perform this accent confidently and demonstrate this in their showreel/self-tape.

You can access the application form here. You should submit a CV, headshot and showreel/self-tape; see the application pack for full requirements.

Application Support

If you wish to attend either of these sessions, please email

Q&A / Information Session – Wednesday 14th February 7pm-8pm

Join us on Zoom for an opportunity to learn more about the project and the application process from producer, Laura Valerie Walker; director, Keira Smith; and artist liaison, Sophie Wink. You will get the opportunity to ask questions.

Meet the Director Session – Thursday 29th February 7pm-8pm

This online session is an opportunity to learn more about the director’s style and approach, and our ethos for running the rehearsal room. You will get the chance to ask questions.


Both of these sessions will be recorded and shared on this webpage. If you don’t wish for your video or audio to be recorded, you can still attend and use the chat function so that you can benefit from the live conversation. If you are not comfortable attending a recorded session, you can still see the recording when it is published and get in touch to ask any questions.

About the Production

This play was commissioned alongside the HYSTERIA R&D in 2022. Annie was selected for this commission through an open recruitment process. You can learn more about HYSTERIA by clicking the image below:

The core team are all emerging and early-career artists, and the production will be carried out in line with the company’s ethos: to create professional opportunities for Highland and emerging theatre-makers. We are recruiting a production team and five cast members for this premiere, which you can see above.

The Team

Annie MacDonald | Playwright

Annie is a writer based in the Scottish Highlands, who co-hosts the hit podcast Stories of Scotland. Past work includes audio drama and audio documentaries with funding from the Edwin Morgan Trust, the Royal Society of Literature and Northword Northern Periphery and Arctic Programme. With a passion for folklore, they are trained in traditional storytelling with Traditional Arts & Culture Scotland.

Keira Smith | Director

Keira is an emerging theatre director and writer based in Inverness. They were an assistant director with Dogstar Theatre for the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 2022 and has worked with Surrogate Productions on tour. Her work predominantly centres on the nuances of the queer experience in rural areas in response to the current socio-political climate.

Laura Valerie Walker | Producer

Laura is the CEO of Vivid Roots Collective. She produces all of the company’s internal projects, and works freelance as a director and producer in the Highlands. In her practice, she is interested in care, feminism, and emergence.

Sophie Wink | Artist Liaison

Sophie is the Artist & Community Lead at Vivid Roots Collective. Beyond the company, Sophie mainly works as a playwright and creative learning practitioner, working with the values of care and creativity. As Artist Liaison, Sophie supports the artists’ journey’s on the project, from application to evaluation.

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