Rotterdam by Jon Brittain
New Year’s Eve in Rotterdam: a day of resolutions and new starts. Alice has plucked up the courage to finally come out to her parents via email. But as her finger hovers over the send button, her girlfriend Fiona reveals she plans to transition and live as Adrian. As Adrian struggles to be accepted as a man, Alice begins to doubt her own sexuality.
Jon Brittain’s bittersweet comedy about gender, sexuality and being loved for who we really are premiered at Theatre503 in 2015, transferred to New York and the West End, and won the Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in an Affiliate Theatre in 2017.
Jon Brittain is a playwright, comedy writer and director whose other work includes the cult hit Margaret Thatcher Queen of Soho and its sequel Margaret Thatcher Queen of Game Shows, and A Super Happy Story (About Feeling Super Sad) which won a Fringe First Award in 2017. He directed both of John Kearns’s award-winning shows Sight Gags for Perverts and Shtick. He was nominated for Most Promising Playwright at the Evening Standard Theatre Awards 2016 for Rotterdam.
After graduating from RADA’s three-year acting course, Joan appeared in many television programmes including Casualty, The Bill, Jonathan Creek, London’s Burning and Eastenders. Her theatre credits include Educating Rita, Golden Girls, Don Juan Comes Back from the War and The Party’s Over.
Alongside her acting Joan began establishing herself as a teacher and freelance director. She returned to RADA as the Education and Outreach Manager in 2009, a role which she continued to hold until 2014, when she took up her current position of Foundation Course Director. The last play that Joan directed at RADA was debbie tucker green’s one-woman play random, starring Ronke Adekoluejo.
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