8 Advance / £10 On The Door
RUNNING TIME: 90mins (with interval)
Seven writers, seven directors, seven short responses to J’Ouvert
Rapid Write Response (RWR) is a short play initiative open to writers of all levels of experience. Writers are invited to create a short play in response to Yasmin Joseph’s J’Ouvert.
Previous participants include Andrew Thompson, the winner of our 2016 Playwrighting Award (In Event of Moone Disaster), Anna Jordan (Yen, Royal Exchange Manchester, Royal Court & Broadway), Stuart Slade (BU21, Theatre503 & West End), Chris Urch (Land of Our Fathers, Theatre503, West End & 2 national tours) & Vinay Patel (writer of the BAFTA award winning Murdered by My Father).
We are thrilled to be presenting these 7 pieces by 7 writers all inspired by Yasmin Joseph's J'Ouvert:
Mash by Yasmine Lever
Queen (of) B(acchanal) by Hassan Govia
By Way of Kensal Green by James Reynolds
Poles Apart by Martin Edwards
Dutty Wind by Nicola Latchana
The Number 82 by Adanna Oji
Wine Down by Ekene Okobi
Yasmine is an award-winning writer whose work has been performed all over London and New York including Theater 503, The Arcola, Stratford East, The Belgrade, Old Vic New Voices Community, Lincoln Center, New York Theater Workshop, Signature, Cherry Lane, Symphony Space, The Flea among others. She is a current Fellow at Athena Theater.
Adanna’s credits include: HBO No.1 Ladies Detective Agency, Disney, The GlobeTheatre, National Theatre Wales, Theatre Royal Stratford East, tiata fahodzi, Talawa and The Unicorn Theatre. She has written for Theatre Royal Stratford East, StoneCrabs Theatre, Kent Coast Theatre and is currently developing a full length theatrical production in collaboration with the Young Vic theatre.
E. Okobi is a writer who works in a range of disciplines inclusive of journalism/non-fiction, performance, and everything in between. She is an educator who has taught video, performance, and writing courses for primary school-aged, to adult participants. She is pleased and honored to have been included in this edition of Theatre 503's RWR programming.
James Reynolds has worked extensively in youth theatre, mounting work on stages across London. He also directed the UK stage premiere of Howard Barker's 'Knowledge and a Girl' at the Edinburgh Festival. 'By Way of Kensal Green' is his third RWR at Theatre 503
Nicole’s playwriting training includes Central School of Speech and Drama, Royal Court, Kali, Tamasha and Gollancz. Some of the themes she’s been exploring in her plays recently are climate change, queerness and racism. Her work has been on at The Tristan Bates, Lyric and The Bunker theatres.
Martin was a journalist for more than a decade before training professionally as an actor. As a playwright, he is currently developing a play for The White Bear. Poles Apart is his third RWR piece for Theatre503.
Hassan is a graduate of the University of Nottingham and Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts. He co-founded Unshaded Arts, a theatre company shining a light on universal stories driven by marginalized voices with whom he produced dis debut play, Boujie, which premiered at the Drayton Arms Theatre in 2018.
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