Code breaker casting call: Be a part of Bletchley Park history

England's Bletchley Park, known for its WWII code breakers, is the subject of an open casting call January 17 and 18 for an upcoming interactive installation.

The Bletchley Park Trust is looking for amateur actors to become part of history at the home of the Enigma machine code breakers.
The Bletchley Park Trust is looking for amateur actors to become part of history at the home of the Enigma machine code breakers. Bletchley Park Trust

Do you have what it takes to be cast in an upcoming digital experience for the historic Bletchley Park Trust?

Made famous by the likes of Alan Turing, Dilly Knox, Enigma machines, and the world's first electronic computer, Colossus, Bletchley Park was home to more than 10,000 employees -- more than half of whom were women -- that included code breakers, mathematicians, cryptanalysts, and linguists. Their efforts in breaking the Enigma machine codes intercepted from the Germans and other enemy forces may have shortened WWII by years.

According to the Bletchley Park Trust site, Elbow Productions -- a company hired to create the digital interpretation for the museum -- "will film scenes about Bletchley during World War II, in period costume, over two days in February or March 2014. Filming will most likely take place over a weekend. Everyone taking part will be dressed in 1940's costume or uniform with full hair and make-up (costume, hair dressing, and professional make-up will be provided)." The trust is looking for 20 to 30 people to participate in the project.

Even after the war ended, Bletchley Park employees were sworn to secrecy even from their own families. It wasn't until the 1970s that the veil of secrecy was lifted, and the public began to realize the significance of the estate. The Bletchley Park Trust was formed in 1992 to preserve the location as a museum. The Trust continues to teach the public about the accomplishments of Bletchley Park and its contributions not only to the war effort, but also to modern-day computing.

The Government Code and Cypher School (GC&CS) recruited men and women for Bletchley Park based on their skills in languages, engineering, science, math, puzzle-solving, and even chess.
The Government Code and Cypher School (GC&CS) recruited men and women for Bletchley Park based on their skills in languages, engineering, science, math, puzzle-solving, and even chess. Bletchley Park Trust

If you are interested and located in the United Kingdom, you can write to Sultana Khanom at sultana at elbowproductions.com with the following information: full name, head shot, e-mail, telephone, casting availability (January 17, 6 p.m./January 18, 11 a.m.), age, gender, and acting experience.

Visit the Bletchley Park Trust site for more casting call specifics.

 

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