Casting call – disabled actors wanted for No Magic Pill, a stage play inspired by the life of disabled activist Martin Naughton

February 18th, 2022


  • A male actor with a physical impairment (18+)
  • A female actor with a physical impairment (18+)

to audition for a stage play inspired by the life of wheelchair-user Martin Naughton.

Are you a disabled actor with an interest in making an impact on mainstream Irish theatre? Or a disabled person who has always wanted to act, but has never had the opportunity?

Director Raymond Keane (award-winning director of national and international acclaim) and his team (writer/producer/project lead Christian O’Reilly, Disability Equality Dramaturg Peter Kearns and producer Mitzi D’Alton) wish to audition disabled actors for ‘No Magic Pill’, a stage play inspired by the life of disabled activist Martin Naughton.

Martin left Spiddal for residential ‘special school’ in Dublin at the age of nine to be ‘cured’ of muscular dystrophy. He soon discovered there was no magic pill for disability and decided to change a disabling society instead. Teaming up with other disabled misfit activists, Martin – in essence Michael Collins in a wheelchair – was the driving force behind the War of Independence for disabled people in Ireland.

In casting disabled actors, we want to challenge the traditional stereotype within Irish drama of depicting disabled people as either objects of pity or inspiration. No Magic Pill hopes to break new ground and bring a fresh conversation and disability aesthetic to Irish Theatre.

Supported by the Arts Council and in partnership with major national disability organisations – Arts and Disability Ireland, Disability Federation of Ireland, Independent Living Movement Ireland and Irish Wheelchair Association – as well as Town Hall (Galway), The Civic (Tallaght), Dublin Theatre Festival, Galway City Council and Galway County Council, No Magic Pill will be produced at Black Box (Galway) and the Civic (Tallaght) for Dublin Theatre Festival in Autumn of this year.

This will be a high-profile, professional production, so previous theatre experience will be required. This said, we are very open to candidates who believe they have performance ability. Anyone who wishes to be considered to audition should send their CV or a letter outlining their experience to date, including any brief disability equality drama thoughts and comments, to Selected candidates will be invited to attend a workshop/audition on Wednesday March 16th, at Carmichael House, North Brunswick Street, Dublin 7.

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1. Muscular Dystrophies

  • Becker muscular dystrophy
  • Duchenne muscular dystrophy
  • Manifesting carrier of Duchenne
  • Congenital muscular dystrophy
  •     •  General
  •     •  MDC1A (merosin-deficient congenital muscular dystrophy)
  •     •  Rigid spine syndrome (RSS)
  •     •  Ullrich congenital muscular dystrophies
  •     •  Bethlem myopathy
  • Emery-Dreifuss muscular dystrophy
  • Facioscapulohumeral muscular dystrophy
  • Limb-girdle types of muscular dystrophy (LGMD)
  •     •  General
  •     •  LGMD 1B (also known as Laminopathy)
  •     •  LGMD 1C (also known as Caveolinopathy)
  •     •  LGMD 2A (also known as Calpainopathy)
  •     •  LGMD 2B (also known as Dysferlinopathy)
  •     •  LGMD 2I
  • Ocular myopathies including ocularopharangeal muscular dystrophy

2. Myotonic Disorders

  • Congenital Myotonic Dystrophy
  • Myotonia
  • Myotonic Dystrophy

3. Congenital Myopathies

  • Central Core Myopathy
  • Congenital Fibre-type Disproportion Myopathy
  • Minicore (Multicore) myopathy
  • Myotubular or Centronuclear myopathy
  • Nemaline myopathy

4. Mitochondrial Myopathies

  • Mitochondrial Myopathies

5. Metabolic Disorders

  • Metabolic disorders (general)
  • McArdle’s Disease
  • Pompe’s Disease

6. Periodic Paralyses

  • Periodic Paralyses

7. Autoimmune Myositis

  • Polymyositis, Dermatomyositis and Sarcoid myopathy
  • Juvenile dermatomyositis
  • Inclusion body myositis

8. Spinal Muscular Atrophies

  • Severe (Type I)
  • Intermediate (Type II)
  • Mild (Type III)
  • Adult spinal muscular atrophy

9. Hereditary Motor and Sensory Neuropathies

  • (Also known as Charcot-Marie-Tooth or Peroneal muscular atrophy)

10. Disorders of the Neuromuscular Junction

  • Congenital myasthenic syndromes
  • Myasthenia Gravis

11. Friedreich’s Ataxia

  • Friedreich’s Ataxia

12. Other (Please Specify)

13. Unspecified