Cowshed Launches the Wales Millennium Centre’s Search for the Principal Role in Tiger Bay the Musical

As Wales Millennium Centre embarks on the creation of its next main stage production, Cowshed announce auditions to cast local young talent for this incredible new musical.  

The search is on for a girl of around 10-14 years of age who will play the part of Ianto – an orphan boy, who is really a girl, dreaming of a better life.  This role is pivotal within the storyline as it explores intergenerational and class relationships in the early 1900s when the bay was one of the busiest, and multicultural ports in the world.

Auditions will be on Thursday 22 December in Butetown Community Centre, the very heart of the area in which this new musical is set.  With an ambition to inspire our nation and impress the world, the Centre is welcoming aspiring young people of all backgrounds to audition for what will be its largest production to date.  They will be expected to sing, dance and act, but with no experience necessary, they are casting the net wide open to include those who have not previously been involved with theatre or the arts.

Tiger Bay the Musical will bring the rich cultural history of this area to life – sharing stories and insight which helped shape the future of our Capital.   Starring John Owen-Jones as the Marquess of Bute, Tiger Bay the Musical will premiere in Cardiff in November 2017 following preview performances in Artscape Opera House in Cape Town.  The musical is being produced in collaboration with Cape Town Opera – maintaining the long-standing relationship with South Africa which was born from one of the Centre’s original philanthropists – South African businessman Sir Donald Gordon. The opportunity for the budding actress includes a period in Cape Town for the duration of rehearsals and performances in April and May 2017.

Padraig Cusack, Executive Producer of Wales Millennium Centre said: “Producing a large-scale musical that tells the story of an important part of Cardiff’s history is tremendously exciting.  To involve young people from our community as part of the production is both significant and hopefully rewarding.”  

“Wales Millennium Centre is opening its doors and encouraging the next generation to get involved, learn new skills and be part of a major musical event. We’re looking for someone with determination and desire to take on the challenge of playing Ianto, a girl with an irrepressible spirit. No previous experience is necessary but applicants will need the courage and skill to command a big stage.”

“This has the potential to be a life changing opportunity and I hope lots of youngsters will grab the chance to audition with both hands. We can’t wait to see what talent there is out there in Butetown and beyond as we begin our journey to create Tiger Bay the Musical.”

Open auditions will be held at Butetown Community Centre, Loudoun Square, Cardiff on Thursday 22 December from 10am, with call backs at Wales Millennium Centre the morning of Friday 23 December.

The actor will need to be available every Sunday during term time for group workshops held in Cardiff from 11am – 2pm from 15 January 2017 until 26 March 2017. They will then go on to rehearse and perform in Cape Town, South Africa from 2 April to 27 May 2017.

To book an audition slot or learn more about what is required, contact



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