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Summer

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Bricks and Pieces

summer 2016

“Are black people often playing petty criminals? Are women always playing the love interest or talking about men? Are gay people always stereotyped? Are disabled people hardly ever seen?… …I don’t think of myself as just a ‘black actor’. I’m an actor, not a number” – Idris Elba, The House of Commons, January 2016.

Working in collaboration with the world-leading Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA), we produced brand new commission bricks and pieces from award-winning writer Charlene James developed with – and for – an exceptional cast of black RADA students. 

bricks and pieces was presented at RADA from Tuesday 24 May – Saturday 4 June, before it met a festival audience at Latitude on Friday 15 July.

Lovers, Tobi and Gabe are building a life together.  When Tobi’s cousin Mya crashes into his home, she brings along both her dreams and her baggage. While Tobi tries to hold on to Gabe, he struggles to support Mya when he can’t seem to support himself

tiata fahodzi and RADA’s co-commission – by award-winning writer of Cuttin’ It Charlene James – was a story about the places we escape into, the other worlds we build and the icons we cling to.

RADA offers world-leading vocational training for actors, stage managers, directors, designers and technical stage craft specialists. Celebrated graduates include Richard Attenborough, Ralph Fiennes, David Harewood, Omar Sharif, Anthony Hopkins and Gugu Mbatha-Raw.

Charlene James was previously awarded the Alfred Fagon Award and the George Devine Award 2015 for Cuttin’ It, a play focusing on Female Genital Mutilation. She is a Jerwood New Playwright 2016.

Reviews

Twitter @CHRISDROHAN
Chris Drohan
"Had me gripped throughout, and heartbroken by the end."
Twitter @KATHRYNDANAX
Kathryn Lincoln
"…cast was so alive and dynamic, with such a beautiful and poignant story."
Twitter @ESTHERICHARDSON
Esther Richardson
"tender & touching… a sultry & lyrical production."
Twitter @JACKHEAT_ON
Jack Heaton
"…seriously good. Builds & builds then collapses right before your eyes."
Twitter @PINKTHOUSE
Pink Thouse
"…enriched story told by wonderful actors…"
Twitter @HATTIEMACKIE
Harriet Mackie
"Moving, funny and a great introduction to new talent."
Twitter @TOMMARTYMAN
Tom Martin
"bricks and pieces… was a beautiful, classy and moving piece. Superb piece of new writing."
Twitter @diasporaphiles
Diaspora Philes
"A truly moving, radical, and human story."
www.olualake.wordpress.com
Olu Alake
"a brilliant, sensitive and beautiful piece of theatre. Subtly exploring a pocked landscape of love, loss, denial and identity, bricks and pieces takes the audience on an emotional rollercoaster ride to the most heart-rending of crescendoes."
Twitter @STEPHEN_KELMAN
Stephen Kelman
"funny, tender and quietly devastating."
Twitter @KATHRYN_ROTH
Kathryn Roth
"Such a moving piece… the cast were incredible. Tears. Pain. Love. Joy. I felt it all!"
Twitter @CHRISDROHAN
Chris Drohan
"Had me gripped throughout, and heartbroken by the end."
Twitter @KATHRYNDANAX
Kathryn Lincoln
"…cast was so alive and dynamic, with such a beautiful and poignant story."
Twitter @ESTHERICHARDSON
Esther Richardson
"tender & touching… a sultry & lyrical production."
Twitter @JACKHEAT_ON
Jack Heaton
"…seriously good. Builds & builds then collapses right before your eyes."
Twitter @PINKTHOUSE
Pink Thouse
"…enriched story told by wonderful actors…"
Twitter @HATTIEMACKIE
Harriet Mackie
"Moving, funny and a great introduction to new talent."
Twitter @TOMMARTYMAN
Tom Martin
"bricks and pieces… was a beautiful, classy and moving piece. Superb piece of new writing."
Twitter @diasporaphiles
Diaspora Philes
"A truly moving, radical, and human story."
www.olualake.wordpress.com
Olu Alake
"a brilliant, sensitive and beautiful piece of theatre. Subtly exploring a pocked landscape of love, loss, denial and identity, bricks and pieces takes the audience on an emotional rollercoaster ride to the most heart-rending of crescendoes."
Twitter @STEPHEN_KELMAN
Stephen Kelman
"funny, tender and quietly devastating."
Twitter @KATHRYN_ROTH
Kathryn Roth
"Such a moving piece… the cast were incredible. Tears. Pain. Love. Joy. I felt it all!"
Twitter @CHRISDROHAN
Chris Drohan
"Had me gripped throughout, and heartbroken by the end."
Twitter @KATHRYNDANAX
Kathryn Lincoln
"…cast was so alive and dynamic, with such a beautiful and poignant story."
Twitter @ESTHERICHARDSON
Esther Richardson
"tender & touching… a sultry & lyrical production."
Twitter @JACKHEAT_ON
Jack Heaton
"…seriously good. Builds & builds then collapses right before your eyes."
Twitter @PINKTHOUSE
Pink Thouse
"…enriched story told by wonderful actors…"
Twitter @HATTIEMACKIE
Harriet Mackie
"Moving, funny and a great introduction to new talent."
Twitter @TOMMARTYMAN
Tom Martin
"bricks and pieces… was a beautiful, classy and moving piece. Superb piece of new writing."
Twitter @diasporaphiles
Diaspora Philes
"A truly moving, radical, and human story."
www.olualake.wordpress.com
Olu Alake
"a brilliant, sensitive and beautiful piece of theatre. Subtly exploring a pocked landscape of love, loss, denial and identity, bricks and pieces takes the audience on an emotional rollercoaster ride to the most heart-rending of crescendoes."
Twitter @STEPHEN_KELMAN
Stephen Kelman
"funny, tender and quietly devastating."
Twitter @KATHRYN_ROTH
Kathryn Roth
"Such a moving piece… the cast were incredible. Tears. Pain. Love. Joy. I felt it all!"

Cast

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abraham popoola
TOBI

abraham popoola is graduating from The Royal Academy of Dramatic Art this summer. He has previously appeared in ‘Othello’ directed by Gary Lagden as Othello, ‘In Arabia We’d All Be Kings’ directed by RSC associate Michael Fentiman as Lenny, ‘The Broken Heart’ directed by Iqbal Khan as Crotolon and ‘Dying For It’ directed by Nona Shepphard as Alexander.

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david jonsson
OTIS

david jonsson will graduate from the The Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in July 2016. His theatre credits include: Harry in Pigeon English at The Bristol Old Vic and Edinburgh Fringe; Romeo in Romeo and Juliet at Riverside Studios and Clarence in Ghosts at the Rose Theatre Bankside.

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evlyne oyedokun
MYA

evlyne oyedokun is in her third year on the BA Acting course at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. Her roles at RADA have included Clytemnestra in Agamemnon directed by Andrew Mulligan, Cleopatra in Anthony and Cleopatra directed by Sylvester Le Touzel, Desdemona in Othello directed by Gary Lagden, Jo in No One Sees The Video directed by Matthew Monaghan, Marcelle in Chez Fedeau directed by Geoff Bullen, Calantha in The Broken Heart directed by Iqbal Khan, and Reena in Gloria (short film) directed by Edward Hicks. Before attending RADA Evlyne performed in the 2013 Samuel Beckett Festival, and she completed a Preliminary Acting Course at Guildhall School of Music and Drama.

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jamael westman
GABE

jamael westman is in his final year at The Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts. His theatre credits include: Take a Deep Breath and Breathe (The CLF Theatre), Stop Kiss (Leicester Square Theatre), Othello (Brockley Jack Theatre), Romeo & Juliet (Ovalhouse Theatre), and Our Boys (South London Theatre). His television credits include Casualty (BBC), and his film credits include Identicals.

Creatives

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amelia jane hankin
DESIGNER

amelia jane hankin trained at RADA and The RSC Theatre design credits include The Neighbourhood Project (Bush Theatre); This is Art (Shakespeare in Shoreditch); The Tiger’s Bones (Polka and West Yorkshire Playhouse); The Little Prince, The Red Helicopter (Arcola); Pinter triple bill, Dealer’s Choice (Guildhall); Night Before Christmas (West Yorkshire Playhouse); She Called Me Mother (Tara Arts, national tour); Fake It ’Til You Make It (Traverse Theatre and Soho Theatre, national tour); Horniman’s Choice (Finborough Theatre); Mother Courage and her Children (Drama Centre); The Itinerant Music Hall (Lyric Hammersmith and Watford Palace Theatre); The Box (Theatre Delicatessen); You Once Said Yes (The Roundhouse, The Lowry, Nuffield Theatre, Perth International Festival, Australia); The Many Whoops of Whoops Town (Lyric Hammersmith) and 64 Squares with Rhum and Clay (Edinburgh Festival, national tour). As Assistant Designer, theatre includes A Midsummer Night’s Dream RSC 2016, Death of a Salesman and The Christmas Truce (Royal Shakespeare Company 2015) Amelia’s designs for The Itinerant Music Hall were exhibited at the V&A Museum as part of the MAKE/BELIEVE UK Design for Performance exhibition.

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amy winship
PROPS MAKER
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candice weaver
SOUND DESIGNER
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charlene james
WRITER

charlene james is an award-winning playwright and an actor who trained at Birmingham School of Acting and The School at Steppenwolf, Chicago. In 2008, she participated in the Royal Court’s Young Writers Programme and in 2012 she was selected to be one of the 503 Five at Theatre 503. In 2013 Charlene became a writer in residence at the Birmingham Rep for their season focusing on mental health.  Her play, Tweet Tweet, was commissioned by the Birmingham Rep as part of Young Theatre Makers. It premiered at The Birmingham Rep before touring.  Charlene was awarded the Alfred Fagon Award, for best new play at the National Theatre for Cuttin’ It, a play focusing on Female Genital Mutilation. Charlene was awarded the George Devine Award 2015 for the same play as well as being nominated for a BBC Audio Drama award for her radio adaptation of Cuttin’ It. She is a Jerwood New Playwright 2016.

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daniel smith
LIGHTING DESIGNER

Daniel Smith is a second year TTSM student specialising in lighting. RADA credits include No One Sees The Video Production Electrician, Chief Electrician for In Arabia We’d All Be Kings and After Miss Julie, and Video/Projection Technician for Chez Feydeau. External credits: Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo follow spot operator 2015/2016, Worbey & Farrell Lighting & Sound operator. Daniel is also part of the team taking bricks and pieces to Latitude Festival 2016.

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ellie edwards
WARDROBE SUPERVISOR
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elliot williams
SOUND ENGINEER
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imogen davies
SCENIC ARTIST
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joshua gunn
ASSIST. SOUND ENGINEER
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natalie ibu
DIRECTOR

natalie ibu is the artistic director of tiata fahodzi. For the company, directing credits include i know all the secrets in my worldtiata delights 15here and mango. Other directing credits include readings and productions at the Riverside Studios, Young Vic, Lyric, Southwark Playhouse, Southbank Centre, Jersey Arts Trust, The Old Vic Tunnels, Theatre503, The Gate, Latitude, HighTide, BAC, Oran Mor, Traverse, Royal Court, ATC at the Young Vic, OVNV at The Old Vic, Waterloo East and The Vineyard Theatre in New York, Royal Lyceum Theatre, Citizens’, The Arches, Contact and Nottingham Playhouse. Residencies include New York Theatre Workshop, the National Theatre Studio, Royal Shakespeare Company, Royal Court, Citizens’ Theatre and Contact. She have been awarded bursaries from Regional Theatre Young Director Scheme, the Federation of Scottish Theatre, Scottish Arts Council and Arts Council East Midlands. Awards include Dewar Arts Award for Exceptional Artists Under 30, Time Warner Ignite 2, IdeasTap Innovator’s Award and the Lilian Baylis Award for Theatrical Excellence.

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pippi chartres
DEPUTY STAGE MANAGER
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richard heappey
DESIGN ASSISTANT
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thomas wortley
PRODUCTION MANAGER

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