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A search is on in the United Kingdom to find an actor to once again bring to life the character ‘Ivan Martin’, in a stage adaptation of the 70’s iconic Jamaican film the ‘Harder They Come’.
‘Ivan’ was the lead character played by reggae superstar Jimmy Cliff who developed an international following after starring in the 1972 film that has become an international ‘cult’ classic written by Perry Henzell and Trevor D. Rhone.
Auditions, which will begin in London on Saturday, December 17, are a part of a nationwide search launched by the Theatre Royal Stratford East and UK Arts Productions for a young Jamaican actor between the ages of 18 and 25 years to play the lead role of ‘Ivan Martin’. A release from the Theatre Royal Stratford said outstanding acting, singing, and dancing skills are essential, as well as an ability to speak patois fluently. The successful actor must be available from February 13-May 6, 2006 “We are searching all over the country for a young, raw and talented Jamaican actor capable of bringing ‘Ivan Martin’ to life on stage. We know he is out there and we are determined to find him,” said Dawn Reid, Associate Director, Theatre Royal.
‘The Harder They Come’ is scheduled to open at the Theatre Royal Stratford East in March 2006. It is a gritty period piece set in Jamaica and charts the story of the young protagonist Ivan Martin’s journey from country boy looking for fame and fortune as a singer in Kingston and his eventual corruption as all his dreams are crushed.