Written, devised, directed and performed by Lily Fleur Bradbury, Caroline Moroney, Miztli Rose Neville, Alice Robinson, Doireann May White.
Christmas. 2018. Mildred's abandoned cottage. A silent night in the English countryside, five women brought together by fate are determined to enjoy what could be their last Christmas, and they're celebrating this one in style!
With the odds against them the girls must improvise; food is in short supply, certain death is waiting in the shadows and no-one can remember when they last wore fresh knickers.
The decorations are up, the 'turkey' is cooking and a stranger in red is on the way...
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Written and performed by Karen Cogan
1990's Ireland. Raving, breakfast rolls and a woman who cannot forget the one that got away-or did she run away?
Drip Feed is a new play in progress about sexuality, memories and dancing on tables, written and performed by, Karen Cogan.
Join Edward Kemp (chair) and world-leading artists and writers including Michael Attenborough CBE, Rachel Bagshaw (Director) Kathryn Hunter and Nina Steiger (Senior Dramaturg at the National Theatre). The panel will explore and discuss the current cultures of theatre and the innovators behind the scenes.
A special screening of our commissioned films featuring the work of our final year actors and technical students working alongside industry professional. The screening will be followed by a Q&A session with Edward Hicks, RADA's head of Film, TV and Radio.
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From the novel by Giles Foden
Directed by Robert Hastie
Dramatist: Steve Waters
Producers: Adam Paulden and Matt Leventhall
The Last King of Scotland is a riveting account of power and responsibility.
This stage version offers an electrifying tale of complicity with atrocity. Stripping the novel back to its core, the play focuses on the relationship between the hapless ambiguous physician Nicholas Garrigan and the capricious psychotic yet charming figure of Idi Amin.
The focus of the chamber drama allows the tale’s horrors to be delayed, only to return with renewed force. Images of theatrical intensity resemble Jacobean tragedy are supported by a choric layer of song and verbatim detail, revealing the sufferings of the world beyond the action.
This theatrical version re-tells a story that speaks to an age of the war on Terror as much as its original context; Last King offers a darkly comic, even poetic fable for the stage.
Written by Isla van Tricht
Directed by Charlie Parham
“I think they’ll come back for us. It’s all a language problem I think.”
Bamboo grows quickly. Friendship takes a lifetime. In the face of death, two strangers struggle to find sense, comfort and hope.
“Is that – is that it? Is that the end?”
Isla van Tricht is a playwright and lyricist. Co-Founder of Shrapnel Theatre, acting as Artistic Director from 2015-2017, she has produced work at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Above the Arts Theatre and VAULT Festival. Her hit comedy-drama Underground (Channel 4 4Stories shortlist) recently transferred from VAULT Festival to the Brits Off-Broadway Festival at 59E59 Theaters in New York. Isla’s first plays, a double bill entitled The Remnants, premiered in York and Edinburgh before she went onto study at RADA. Her recent play, The Litterati, premiered at this year’s VAULT Festival. / Co-Artistic Director of Antic Face, Charlie Parham, directs the first public sharing of Isla van Tricht’s new play.
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.
Written by Kenton Thomas
Directed by Cara Nolan
Cast: Yinka Awoni, Jasmine Raymond, James Chuma Abanefo, Anthony Tayo Adetunji
When The Shoe String’s Break is a historical play following enslaved Africans living in London, during the Trans-Atlantic slave Trade.
It is a play in three parts, following the Africans through Slavery, Apprenticeships, and Freedom; and is pieced together with Brechtian direct address and spoken word poetry.