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Rapid Write Response: J’Ouvert

Written by Various Writers
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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).

More information about how to get involved in Rapid Write Response can be found here 

Various Writers

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 Lever
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 Oji
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.

Ekene Okobi
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
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 Latchana
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 Edwards
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 Govia
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.


Artistic Team
Various Writers
Curator and Director - Queen (of) B(acchanal)
Leian Darell
Director - The Number 82
Nkechinyere Nwobani-Akanwo
Director - Mash
Emma Wilkinson
Director - Poles Apart
Shayde Sinclair
Director - By Way of Kensal Green
Alessandra Davison
Director - Wine Down
Kaleya Baxe
Director - Dutty Wind
Kelechi Okafor
Natalie Chan
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Cast - Mash
Ray Sasey
Cast - Mash
Kate Reid
Cast - The Number 82
Yvonne Campbell
Cast - The Number 82
Funmi Florence Cole
Cast - The Number 82
Heather Lewis
Cast - Wine Down
Angelina Chudi
Cast - Wine Down
Janani Rajendra
Cast - Wine Down
Aïsha Kent
Cast - By Way of Kensal Green
Arthur Velarde
Cast - By Way of Kensal Green
Mercy Philips
Cast - Dutty Wind
Bruna Campos
Cast - Dutty Wind
Diana Yekinni
Cast - Poles Apart
Steffi Igbinovia
Cast - Poles Apart
Shem Hamilton
Cast - Queen (of) B(acchanal)
Lesley-Ann Okantey
Cast - Queen (of) B(acchanal)
Yasemin Gurbuz
Cast - Queen (of) B(acchanal)
Yazmin Belo
Cast - Queen (of) B(acchanal)
Tailah-Rae Hudson

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