Wanted: Boris look-a-like for musical comedy

Your chance to hit the big time in piece based on London Mayor's "Knight on a Shining Bicycle" deeds...

If you can ride a bike, carry off with aplomb an impersonation of an Eton and Oxford-educated newspaper editor turned politician, and harbour ambitions to enter the world of showbiz, we may have just spotted the perfect opportunity for you to hit the big time, but you’d better be quick.

Tomorrow, Goldsmiths College, part of the University of London and the alma mater of famous names such as artists Damien Hirst and Bridget Reilly, poet Linton Kwesi Johnson and three quarters of the band Blur – not to mention editor, Tony – is holding auditions for the role of Mayor of London Boris Johnson in a short play called Knight on a Bike.

The 15-minute long musical, described as “a quirky, romantic comedy” is based on a real-life incident last year in which the mop-topped mayor chased after a gang of girls on his bike after he caught them mugging a female film producer.

The musical has been written by a student on Goldsmiths’ MA course in Musical Theatre, but the role of Boris is presumably proving a hard one to fill, with rehearsals starting on Friday, the day after the audition, and the performance taking place a week tomorrow.

Boris’s lines are based on things he himself has said – a rich vein of comedy gold if ever there was one – and performers “need to be good movers, on the ball” – much like the great man himself, then – “and should have an interest in contributing to the development of this new piece.”

Auditions will be held tomorrow at Goldsmiths College, New Cross, and further information is available from the director, Benet Catty, and while an excess of tousled blond hair is presumably an advantage, we assume that a suitable wig could be found by the props department if required.

Simon has been news editor at since 2009, reporting on 10 editions and counting of pro cycling’s biggest races such as the Tour de France, stories on issues including infrastructure and campaigning, and interviewing some of the biggest names in cycling. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, his background has proved invaluable in reporting on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, and the bike industry. He splits his time between London and Cambridge, and loves taking his miniature schnauzer Elodie on adventures in the basket of her Elephant Bike.

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