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Search on for talent for Commonwealth Games ceremonies

Published: 14 January 2022
Reporter: Steve Orme

The Birmingham 2022 ceremonies team

Organisers of the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games have begun the search to find volunteers to be cast in the opening and closing ceremonies.

The Birmingham 2022 ceremonies team is made up of “some of the finest West Midlands creative talent” including theatre director Iqbal Khan, writer Maeve Clarke, rapper Joshua “RTKal” Holness and the creator of the television series Peaky Blinders, Steven Knight.

The team is calling on outgoing and dedicated people from the West Midlands to apply to be part of the performance that opens and closes the biggest sporting celebration since the London 2012 Olympic Games.

Khan said, “we need to find the best of this region’s vibrant talent to help us to bring to life the creative vision and ambition we have for these ceremonies.

“Performing at the Commonwealth Games is a once-in-a-generation opportunity. So get ready to show us what you’ve got if you want to represent your city and region on the biggest global stage.”

To be part of the cast, applicants must be able to take part in a movement- and dance-based audition that will take place in Birmingham between 1 and 13 March. Applicants must be able to commit to regular rehearsal sessions beginning in May. The opening ceremony will be held on Thursday 28 July and the closing ceremony on Monday 8 August.

Applications from anyone aged 18 or over can be submitted at the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games web site. The deadline is 11:59PM on Monday 7 February.