Homo Promos, London’s longest-established gay theatre group, is looking for up-and-coming male singer/actors to join the cast of “Desire”, an exciting and innovative new music theatre piece by Peter Murphy and Peter Scott-Presland, based on a book by Edmund White.

The musical is set in America in the late 1970s, and the authors describe it as “a snapshot of a lost paradise, taken at the last moment before AIDS changed the way we think about sex for ever.” It involves a 14-piece orchestra and a cast of 12. All 12 parts offer the chance to shine in solo numbers, as well as working as part of the ensemble.

The performances will be at the Albany Empire, Deptford at the end of June, and the show will also be recorded.

“We’re looking for people with a talent, who maybe aren’t thinking of themselves as professional singers or actors, and don’t have CVs, glossy photos, video clips or voice samples,” explained Peter Scott-Presland. “If they can pick up a tune quickly and hold a note, we’ll be happy to see them.” Homo Promos does not work only with gay actors – “We’re happy to take on anyone who is relaxed about being in the company of gay people and working for a gay group.”

Men interested in taking part should email homopromos@yahoo.co.uk before March 7th. They can also check us out at www.homopromos.co.uk. Anybody who mentions that they learnt about the show in these pages will be guaranteed the offer of an audition (held daytime March 16th-19th). “We promise we’ll be a lot more friendly than Simon Cowell,” says Peter Murphy.

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