AIK Productions with Tara Arts present
Directed by Nona Shepphard
Designed by Mila Sanders
Lighting Design Andy Grange
Composer & Sound Design James Hesford
Fight Director Renny Krupinski
Voice Coach Michaela Kennan
Cast: Mitesh Soni, Rez Kempton, Beruce Khan, Shireen Farkhoy & Nigel Hastings
Bradford, in the month of Ramadan. Latching on to the latest grooming scandal, racists plan to march through the city, while Shaz, a local garage mechanic, desperately tries to keep his business running smoothly so he can marry well. In this combustible atmosphere, his sister Samina is determined to make her voice heard.
Bradford-born Asif Khan’s debut play is a fabulously comic take on the combustion surrounding young British Muslim lives in the North today.
The production is generously supported by Philip and Christine Carne (The Carne Trust) and Arts Council England.
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Devised by Andrew Visnevski
Designer: Alexander McPherson
Performed by Jeff Lewis and Simon Stache
The piece continues a long-standing collaborative partnership between Andrew Visnevski, the director, and RADA graduate Jeff Lewis.
Frequent guest designer at RADA, Alexander McPherson, will explore Cocteau's pictorial world for the design.
Hair-raising nightmare of recovery from opium addiction.
The artist experiences a dissociation between the mind, jumping from ecstatic memories of the drug, obsessions and fragmented revelations as it searches for resolution and relief, and the body, which embarks on its own tormented and humiliating path.
Based on the writings and drawings kept by Jean Cocteau as he experienced his own self-imposed rehabilitation, the piece is not only a plunge into an unnerving tampering with the unconscious, but also an exploration of many of the themes which haunted much of Cocteau's subsequent work - childhood, mirrors, dreams, madness and the Underworld; all of it pervaded with a heady aura of homoeroticism.
Written by Natalia Rossetti
Directed by Ellie Taylor
Associate Director: Samara Gannon
"I store it with the long list of stuff that wasn't outright sexual abuse that could, say, constitute a trauma, that could, say, justify my recoiling from a man in bed one night during foreplay after the way he touched me caused a sudden flashback, recoiling and saying something like, I'm sorry, it's not you, it's just, something happened to me. It's not like that. It's not at all as bad as that."
In their cramped London flat, two flatmates talk about dating, avocados, paedophilia, the Bakerloo line, cheating, yoga, and Milky Way mousse. If they knew you were listening they would definitely try and sound a little more intellectual.
Meanwhile, at London's poshest spin studio, three more women are leaving "everything they don't need" behind. Sweating. It. Out. And who needs to be accused of being a slut by a French policeman? Or by their grandad, for that matter?
Writer and Director: Lily Bevan
Assistant Director: Miztli Rose Neville
Associate Director: Hannah Eidinow
Composer and Musical Director: Chris Read
Designer: Christianna Mason
Cast includes: Lily Bevan, Katie Bucholz, Agatha Elwes, Luke Kempner (as Trump), Joe May, Rosie Sheehy, Sara Stewart and Alfie Webster
A series of short plays tracks Trump's meddling with the women he has encountered and employed decade by decade. From the Beauty Pageant days, The Apprentice, the Scottish Golf Course debacle.. via the golden age of manufacture of Trump steaks.. up to his following of devoted female Republican voters and into the future of the man with the mythical hair. This piece takes a darkly comedic look at the man who claims to love women, but time and time again has grabbed them by the, oh it's too boring to even say it..
Lily is a RADA graduate, she attended the Young Writers Programme at the Royal Court and the Emerging Writer's Programme at the Bush Theatre. Lily has written for theatres including Theatre 503, Trafalgar Studios, the Bush Theatre, Soho Theatre and TV work for Kudos, Leftbank and RoughCut. Last year she co-wrote the BBC Radio 4 comedy series 'Talking to Strangers' with Sally Phillips. She wrote 'Hen' one of the films for the current RADA third year.
This play is an extension of Lily's work for Top Trumps Festival at Theatre 503 from Jan 2017 - a collection of new plays staged over Trump's inauguration weekend. Her play was staged alongside new work by Caryl Churchill, Neil LaBute and Roy Williams.
Written by Peter Oswald
Directed by Kathryn Hunter
Assistant Director: Ragga Dahl Johansen
Artistic Associate: Jatinder Verma (Tara Arts)
Composer and Musician: Mrityunjoy
Cast: Kali Chandrasegaram; Gavi Singh Chera; Harry Gostelow; Adam Karim; Nadia Nadarajah; Neerja Naik; Irfan Shamji; Julia Tarnoky
At school, he wasn’t allowed to sit on a chair. He had to sit on the ground on a sack. He couldn’t drink water out of the jug provided for the others, but had to wait till it was poured for him into his special cup. The teachers would beat the other pupils but him they threw clods of earth at. Why? He was an ‘Untouchable.’ It was a miracle he was at school at all. And he grew up to be Doctor Bhimrao Ambedkar, independent India’s first Law Minister, chair of the committee that wrote the constitution. Six weeks before his death he converted to Buddhism, and took hundreds of thousands of ‘untouchables’ with him. So, did Ambedkar work hand in hand with Gandhi and the other non-violent freedom fighters? No, his vision was starkly opposed to Gandhi’s, and this play shows their separate colliding paths and Gandhi’s ‘fast to the death’ against Ambedkar’s policy.
Moving between the worlds of the gods and the Indian street, from myth to propaganda, from an ‘untouchable’ boy to the Round Table Conference in London, this play shows the intensity of India’s struggle to win for itself not just independence but justice for all its citizens. Today Ambedkar’s constitution makes ‘untouchability’ illegal, but it remains imprinted on Hindu minds, and the struggle goes on. And in this struggle the figure of Dr Bhimrao Ambedkar – Bhim - is becoming increasingly important, as the oppressed turn more and more to this beacon of humanity.
Peter Oswald was Writer in Residence at Shakespeare’s Globe, where three of his verse plays were performed. Other plays of his have been produced at the National Theatre, in the West End, on Broadway and around the world, including his version of the Ramayana, at Birmingham Rep and the Olivier. His version of Schiller’s Mary Stuart, directed by Phyllida Lloyd, won the South Bank Award. He is a founder member of Columbina Theatre company, for which he writes and performs. His published poetry includes Sonnets of Various Sizes (Shearsman Books) Weyland (Oberon Books) Three Folktales (Letterpress.) In 2016 he received a Society of Authors Travelling Scholarship. ‘The astonishing Peter Oswald,’ Society of Authors. At present he is touring, with Columbina, his version of the Icelandic saga of the Viking poet Egil. He lives in Devon with his wife Alice and three children.
Actress and director. RADA graduate.
There will be a post-show Q&A following the performance on Wed 5 July.
There will be a pre-show at 6pm on Thu 6 July with:
Kathryn Hunter, Director
Peter Oswald, Writer
Jatinder Verma, Artistic Associate
Ciaran Maguire, Chief Executive Officer, The Karuna Trust
Specific performances on Wed 5, Thu 6, Sat 8 (see above) will be British Sign Language (BSL) interpreted and captioned for D/deaf, deafened and hard of hearing audiences. Read more about BSL and captioned performances here.
Created by A Ship of Fools Theatre Company
Performed by Charles Shetcliffe and Mark Winstanley
Strap in for the Captain and Raoul's playfully anarchic bouffon rollercoaster to the darkest corners of the grotto, where the mould festers under the tree.
Controversial theatre company Ship of Fools bring their unique brand of comedy to RADA festival for 2 shows only before setting sail for Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
Expect danger, hilarity and horror as these Gaulier trained bouffons tap dance back and forth over the lines of decency for your pleasure and amusement. You will laugh. You will cry. You might even go home and kill yourself.
"...Masters of their craft" Porl Cooper - Slung Low.
"Ship of Fools you say? Which bloody pillock let them in here?" Herbert Beerbohm Tree