RADA graduates perform rehearsed readings of a wide range of new work. Previous playreadings have included The Lucky Chance by Aphra Benn, The Schuman Plan by Tim Luscombe, Playhouse Creatures by April de Angelis and Eyes Catch Fire by Jason Hall.
Women@RADA Women@RADA are running a long-term programme of 100 playreadings, promoting opportunities for women actors, directors, and writers in theatre. Readings include a mixture of classic and new writing, with many authors able to attend to introduce and discuss their work. The series also features some very exciting guests performing and directing!
You can see Women@RADA in this year's RADA Festival as they present The Lizzie Play, directed by Nona Shepphard and based on The Fall River Axe Murders by Angela Carter, adapted by Deirdre Strath. The Lizzie Play scavenges trial transcripts, newspaper reports and true crime writing to give a darkly humorous, haunting retelling of a brutal and curiously tidy act of parental butchery:
Mr Borden strokes his stocks and bonds; Mrs Borden ceaselessly eats. Their exhausted maid takes to her sweltering attic bed. They’re all out of sorts. Daughter Lizzie, too, feels peculiar, isn’t quite herself today. In the blistering morning heat, she irons. She could have escaped the heat, could have joined her sister at the beach. Emma begged her to come, begged her not to stay in Fall River, not to stay in the Borden house for one more minute. As if under a spell, Lizzie couldn't leave. Lizzie had a pressing date with destiny. Lizzie Borden took an axe...
Women@RADA also lead a forum, Offending Women, joining guest speakers including Clean Break Theatre in a discussion on female transgression and punishment, breaking the female mould and challenging perceptions within today’s society.
Other performances at the RADA Festival include a rehearsed reading of The Glasshouse, which was previously staged in the Women@RADA 100.