Assistant Director | Hackney Empire
Hackney Empire – 9 August 2019
It's 2019 and young people in cities all over the world are tired of being told how to think, how to feel and how to behave.
The Artist Development Programme (ADP) is a two-week summer programme that brings together 50 young artists, aged 13-19, to create a full new piece of work that they devise, direct, compose, choreograph and perform on the Hackney Empire main stage after just ten days, having worked with a team of professionals who help bring these incredible ideas to life and give shape to these young people’s voices.
"You know if things really did change, you wouldn't be able to blame your problems on me."
Following a tragic incident at a local house party, a group of young people have to deal with the effects of one person's actions on an entire community. Full of anger and with no way to vent it, they feel powerless to create change. When the local Youth Centre is shut down, so are our young people's hopes and aspirations for the future.
With the creative process led by director Stella Odunlami, assistant directed by me and a script brought together by Nicole Lecky (Superhoe, Royal Court), this new devised piece promises to be a radical and fresh take on musical theatre.
Over to You
Director | Tamasha Theatre Company
Rich Mix – 19 July
Do you ever feel frustrated about what you see or don’t see on stage? What themes, worlds or communities still aren’t being represented? We are living through tumultuous times – how should theatre respond?
Tamasha seeks to scratch the plays a company like ours – a diverse, cutting edge touring theatre company of 29 years – should be producing. After an open call out where over 70 artists submitted their plays – and after a very competitive selection process – four were selected for their first scratch night of the year.
With a Q&A afterwards between Tamasha Artistic Director Fin Kennedy and the four chosen writers – Jasmin Mandi-Ghomi, Dray K, Shaan Kaur Sahota and Lakshnie Hettihewa-Young – I directed two rehearsed readings, Melt and The Long Way Home. Sita Thomas directed #PersianGirls and The Estate.
by Ryan Calais Cameron
November 2018-June 2019
Producer | Executive Producer, Nouveau Riché
Shoreditch Town Hall – 26 June (preview)
Theatre Peckham – 18 July (preview)
Pleasance Beneath, Edinburgh – 31 Jul-25 August
Soho Theatre – 3-28 September
What is the cost of a typical night out?
An ex-serviceman who has spent his life fighting for his country finds new battles in a society fighting against him. From the makers of 2018 hit Queens of Sheba comes this powerful new play by Ryan Calais Cameron confronting the daily tensions experienced by Black men as they negotiate life, while constantly feeling like their own lives are on the line.
TYPICAL uncovers the man and the humanity behind a tragic real-life story, challenging traditional conceptions of Black manhood and highlighting the crisis of identity consuming Britain today.
Presented by Nouveau Riché in association with Soho Theatre and HOME, supported by Talawa Theatre Company and tiata fahodzi.
Queens of Sheba
by Jessica L Hagan
November 2018-June 2019
Producer | Executive Producer, Nouveau Riché
Harlow Playhouse – Thursday 26 September
HOME Manchester –Tuesday 1 October - Saturday 5 October
Nonsuch Studios Nottingham – Tuesday 8 October - Saturday 12 October
Derby Theatre – Saturday 26 October
Theatre Deli Sheffield –Tuesday 29 October - Thursday 31 October
Tobacco Factory Bristol – Wednesday 6 November - Saturday 9 November
Warwick Arts Centre – Wednesday 13 November - Saturday 16 November
Battersea Arts Centre – Monday 18 November - Saturday 23 November
Lakeside Theatre, Colchester – Thursday 28 November
The Curve, Slough – Friday 29 November
After being turned away from a nightclub for being “too black”, a group of friends’ lives are changed forever when confronted with misogynoir in its most vicious form. Jessica L Hagan’s debut play Queens of Sheba sheds a light on the lives of everyday women battling what shouldn’t be an everyday problem: the collision of racism and misogyny.
Through poetry, movement and gripping storytelling, the award-winning piece delicately retells the story of a real-life incident that occurred at a London nightclub in 2015, retold by four women who reaffirm the joys of sisterhood – implicating us in an hour-long journey of laughter and reflection.
Part-devised by the company and produced by Nouveau Riché in association with Omnibus Theatre.
Likkle Rum with Grandma
by Jeremiah ‘SugarJ’ Brown
2019 R&D dates
Impact Hub Birmingham (workshop) – Monday 29 July, 2-5pm
Brickyard Community Centre (workshop) – Friday 1 August, 2-5pm
Theatre Deli Broadgate (R&D sharing) – 16 August, 4:30pm
Download the info pack here.
When I came here I cried for nearly two years… everyday.
Before she was grandma, she was mum; before that she was just herself. How can you love someone if you only start knowing them from when you were born?
Likkle Rum with Grandma is a journey over a generational bridge. This emotive piece of new writing by Croydon-based writer Jeremiah ‘SugarJ’ Brown mixes poetry, storytelling and a Jamaican grandmother’s voice to bring to the fore issues of loneliness, immigration, community, what distance does to family love and the waviness of Port.
Come chill and catch a vibe as we get to know Grandma – and a young man gets to understand himself.
What do I need? Just a little visit.
July 2018-March 2019
Producer | Artistic Director, The S+K Project
The S+K Project’s series of literary-focused events comes to the Mezzanine at Bernie Grant Arts Centre, showcasing the early stages of new work by emerging artists from all walks of life.
Developing a new generation of emerging talent, this is more than just your ordinary scratch night. Each of the featured pieces have been developed with our Literary Associate Myah Jeffers (Talawa, Company Three, Royal Court) and Associate Director Emily Aboud (Bush Theatre, Hampstead Theatre, Theatre503) over a number of intensive sessions interrogating the respective scripts.
For the first time, these early-career writers have the chance for their work to be brought to life at an informal rehearsed reading by Tottenham-based actors, allowing their words jump from page to stage. With a focus on pushing the form that theatre can take, join us for a night of revolutionary performance from writers whose stories need to be told the most – plus Q&As with the writers and your chance to network with industry professionals.
by Rumi Woolf
September 2017-March 2019
Director | The S+K Project
Do you ever feel like your life is subscribed to a routine? A monotonous cycle of thoughts and actions, attempting daily to feel fulfilled – to fulfil others... to fill your voids?
VOID is an exploration of the soul's anatomy. This striking piece of new writing by Birmingham-based writer Rumi Woolf breaks boundaries of form, linearity and storytelling in a unique participatory experience, bringing to the forefront issues of human need, the cycle of trauma, obligatory love, the stream of connection and dissociation – and the addictive nature of Tesco meal deals.
Join us for a journey of dissecting the human unconscious and the strings of our puppet master: the joys, the pain, the songs and the love that seed themselves deep beneath our common being.