Casting Call for R&D of The hero next door

Face Front are looking for two actors for the research and development of a new play called ‘The Hero Next Door’ for 7 – 10 year olds by award winning children’s author Onjali Q Rauf (who wrote ‘The Boy At The Back Of The Class’) Both actors will need to be imaginative, creative and have professional acting experience.

Actor 1: A female presenting adult actor who will play an Autistic child, Haley, who is 10 years old.

Actor 2: A male presenting actor who will play ‘Grandad’ who is 80 years old.

Children across the UK have been involved in devising the plot and characters for ‘The hero next door’ which went through its first period of research and development in 2021. The play explores themes of friendship, empathy, and the notions of what it means to be an ‘outsider’. At the heart of the play is a young boy, Musa, who happens to be a refugee; Haley, an autistic young girl who adores frogs, and a would-be bully by the name of Melanie. This unlikely bunch come together to save an elderly neighbour from a con-woman posing as a carer, with thrilling and hilarious results.

Please see our YouTube video to see original R+D sharing including narration, rehearsed reading and a few scenes.

The actor will join us for a week of R+D from 9th- 12th May 2022. in Edmonton (North East London)

If you want any more information please email or call Annie Smol (The director) at or call 077657 14384

If the project is of interest to you, we will be auditioning on 1st April from 2pm – 5pm.

Please send a letter of interest, CV and photo by 18th March to and