Character : Millie Moody
Like many women of her time Mrs Millie Moody would describe herself in relation to her husband (see below) but who was she? We are searching for an exceptional performer who can help us find out.
Millie Mood is the wife of a famous Black Male Trumpeter, Joss Moody who upon his death is left behind to cope with an unforgiving world once their full story is revealed.
Millie Moody, brave or headstrong, selfish or protective. We know she was totally devoted to their love story that spans from 1955 through to his death in 1997 and beyond.
Character; Playing age 40+ (some flash back scenes to younger)
Ability to speak with either a Scottish or North of England accent.
Comfortable enough with dance.
Character : Joss Moody
We are seeking an exceptional performer for the role of Joss Moody
When the famous jazz trumpet star Joss Moody dies the world learns that he was born a Black female. Joss had spent over 40 years with his breasts bound, in male clothing, and avoiding situations where he might be discovered. He had perceived his success as a jazz musician as an opportunity to live through art without the boundaries and structures that an oppressive society imposes to restrict individuals.
Trumpet explores the life and death of Joss Moody. Themes of social acceptance, Identity, Racism, Sexuality and Gender Discrimination are placed within the narrative.
Jackie Kay writes of Joss as ‘He is a girl. He is a man. He is everything, nothing. He is sickness, health.
The sun. The moon. Black, white’
An intense and passionate man, Joss is dedicated jazz and expresses himself through the music he plays.