Roundabout 2018: Meet the team

Team Roundabout
Team Roundabout. Photo: Rebecca Need-Menear.

We’re delighted to announce the cast and creative team for Roundabout 2018. Here’s what James and George had to say:

“We’re thrilled to announce that ROUNDABOUT will tour the UK for the fifth year running. Once again we’re producing three world premieres in rep; ISLAND TOWN is a bittersweet story about friendship, hope and dreams of an escape from George Devine Award Winner Simon Longman. STICKS AND STONES is an incisive satire on the modern condition from BAFTA nominated Vinay Patel. Georgia Christou’s HOW TO SPOT AN ALIEN is a rip-roaring space odyssey for adventurous young people and older stargazers. Georgia, Simon and Vinay are amongst the most distinctive, observant and entertaining new voices in British theatre and we are thrilled to showcase their work across the UK in our beautiful pop-up ROUNDABOUT.

We can’t wait to see what Stef does with the plays. Since she joined us as Assistant Director on Kate Tempest’s WASTED in 2011 she has directed two shows for Paines Plough including WITH A LITTLE BIT OF LUCK which was recently broadcast on BBC Radio 1Xtra. Her work on Monsay Whitney’s BOX CLEVER for nabokov which played ROUNDABOUT in Edinburgh last year was extraordinary.

We’ll be running our Trainee Director scheme for the third year welcoming Balisha Karra from Birmingham Rep’s REP Foundry artist development programme.

All three ROUNDABOUT plays will be performed by an ensemble of superb, shapeshifting actors Charlotte O’Leary, Katherine Pearce and Jack Wilkinson.

And we’re delighted to be teaming up with Theatr Clwyd again to produce the season which begins in Mold in June.”

Here’s what Roundabout 2018 Director Stef said:

“It’s an incredible honour to direct the ROUNDABOUT season this year and be a part of taking the best of the best in new writing around the UK to areas that new plays wouldn’t normally be able to reach. To develop and engage new audiences we need to take stories to people in their communities on their doorsteps.

I am hyped to be working with such an incredible team including some of the nation’s greatest playwrights. The plays are joyous, funny and heart breaking. I can’t wait to share these beautiful stories and see how audiences around the UK vibe with them.”

Keeping scrolling to meet the team working on Roundabout. You can find tickets for our run in Wales here.

Tickets for the tour will go on sale throughout the year, keep an eye on the venue’s websites for details.

TOUR

06-09 September Salford with The Lowry

13-16 September Grasmere with Brewery Arts Centre, Kendal

19-22 September Margate

26-29 September Lighthouse Poole

04-07 October Lincoln with Lincoln Performing Arts Centre

11-14 October Stoke-on-Trent with Appetite

18-21 October Luton with Luton Culture

 

THE ACTORS:

CHARLOTTE O’LEARY 

Charlotte O'Leary
Charlotte O’Leary. Photo: Rebecca Need-Menear.

Charlotte Trained at The Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama.

Theatre credits include: UNDER MILK WOOD (The Watermill Theatre), directed by Brendan O’Hea, HUSH (Paines Plough), directed by Hannah Bannister, THREE DAYS IN THE COUNTRY (Richard Burton Theatre Company), directed by Eleanor Rhode, DYING FOR IT (Richard Burton Theatre Company) directed by Dave Bond, THE TWO GENTLEMAN OF VERONA (Richard Burton Theatre Company) directed by Caroline Byrne, THREE SISTERS (Richard Burton Theatre Company), directed by Adele Thomas.

Radio: TORCHWOOD (Big Finish Productions) directed by Scott Handcock.

KATHERINE PEARCE

Katherine Pearce
Katherine Pearce. Photo: Rebecca Need-Menear.

Katherine trained at The Royal Welsh College.

Katherine’s theatre credits include; THE LAST BALLAD OF LILLIAN BILLOCCA (Hull Truck), LOW LEVEL PANIC (Orange Tree Theatre), HUSBANDS AND SONS, PORT (National Theatre), HUSBANDS AND SONS, OUR PALS (Royal Exchange), EARLY DOORS (Not Too Tame), SECRET THEATRE: STAB IN THE DARK, CHAMBER PIECE, STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE, WOYZECK (Lyric Hammersmith).

Television credits include; GIRLFRIENDS, VERA (ITV), THREE GIRLS, YOUNG HYACINTH, OUR GIRL (BBC).

Film credits include; MY COUSIN RACHEL (Fox Searchlight), ENGLAND IS MINE (Honlodge Productions), THE LAST PHOTOGRAPH (The Works International).

JACK WILKINSON

Jack Wilkinson
Jack Wilkinson. Photo: Rebecca Need-Menear.

Jack trained at Drama Centre London.

Theatre includes: TWELFTH NIGHT, Shakespeare’s Globe; KING LEAR, Northern Broadsides/UK Tour; CLOSE THE COALHOUSE DOOR, Northern Stage/UK tour; DREAMPLAY, The Vaults/ HighTide; DAVID COPPERFIELD, Oldham Coliseum (Nominated for Best Actor at MTA Awards); ALL OF ME, The Vaults; GRIMMS DITCH, The Print Works; LARISA AND THE MERCHANTS, The Arcola; DEADKIDSONGS, Theatre Royal Bath and THE GOOD SOUL OF SZECHUAN, Watford Palace Theatre.

TV: HOLBY CITY, DOCTORS (BBC) and MARVELLOUS (Tiger Aspect).

Film: THE LOVE PUNCH (Radar Films).

Radio: CLOSE THE COALHOUSE DOOR (BBC).

THE DIRECTORS:

STEF O’DRISCOLL 

Stef O'Driscoll
Stef O’Driscoll. Photo: Rebecca Need-Menear.

Stef is the Artistic Director of nabokov and previously the Associate Director at Paines Plough and at the Lyric Hammersmith.

For Paines Plough: WITH A LITTLE BIT OF LUCK by Sabrina Mahfouz, HOPELESSLY DEVOTED by Kate Tempest, BLISTER by Laura Lomas, and as Assistant Director: WASTED by Kate Tempest.

For nabokov: LAST NIGHT by Benin City (Roundhouse/Latitude) BOX CLEVER by Monsay Whitney (Marlowe Theatre/Roundabout), STORYTELLING ARMY (Brighton Festival) and SLUG by Sabrina Mahfouz (Latitude).

For the Lyric, as Co Director: A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM, as Associate Director: MOGADISHU (Manchester Royal Exchange), as Assistant Director: BLASTED – winner Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in an Affiliate Theatre 2011.

Other Director credits: Yard Gal by Rebecca Prichard – winner Fringe Report Awards for Best Fringe Production 2009 (Oval House) A TALE FROM THE BEDSIT by Paul Cree (Roundhouse/Bestival), FINDING HOME by Cecilia Knapp (Roundhouse), A GUIDE TO SECOND DATE SEX and WHEN WOMEN WEE (Underbelly/Soho) and as Assistant Director: HENRY IV (Donmar/St Anne’s Warehouse).

BALISHA KARRA 

Balisha Karra
Balisha Karra. Photo: Rebecca Need-Menear.

Studied at University of Birmingham (BA Hons in Drama and Theatre Arts).

Trainee Assistant Director: A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM directed by Joe Hill-Gibbins (Young Vic/ supported by Boris Karloff Foundation).

Assistant Director: PRESENT LAUGHTER by Nowël Coward (Chichester Theatre Festival), FREEMAN by Strictly Arts (Belgrade Theatre Company UK tour, supported by Regional Theatre Young Directors Scheme).

Director Credits:  BESHARAM Project R&D (Derby Theatre); Tamasha Scratch Night (Writers Group/RichMix) and Foundry director for shows including MR MUSCLE, WEST and CONFETTI (Birmingham REP).

THE WRITERS:

GEORGIA CHRISTOU

Georgia Christou
Georgia Christou. Photo: Rebecca Need-Menear.

Georgia is a previous member of the Royal Court Young Writers’ Group. Her first full-length play YOUS TWO, which was originally shortlisted for the Verity Bargate Award in 2015, ran at the Hampstead Theatre Downstairs earlier this year. She has also been selected as part of Channel 4’s 4Stories scheme and is writing an original single drama which will shoot this year.

SIMON LONGMAN 

Simon Longman
Simon Longman. Photo: Rebecca Need-Menear.

PP fans will know Simon from our COME TO WHERE I’M FROM project. He wrote a wonderful short play for us last year. You can listen to Simon’s play alongside 160 others for free on our app here.

Simon is a writer from the West Midlands whose play GUNDOG recently premiered at the Royal Court Theatre, directed by Vicky Featherstone, and for which he was awarded the 49th George Devine award for Most Promising Playwright. Last year, his play WHITE SKY premiered at the Royal Welsh College before transferring to the Gate Theatre in London. Simon was the playwright in residence at Pentabus Theatre Company who toured his play MILKED in 2015 to venues including the Soho Theatre, London and in November 2015 his play SPARKS was on at the Old Red Lion Theatre, directed by Clive Judd. Simon is currently under commission to the Bush Theatre and his play RAILS, which was shortlisted for the 2015 Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting, will receive its world premiere at Theatre By The Lake from 24th May 2018, directed by Clive Judd. He was a member of the Royal Court Young Writer’s Group in 2013 and in 2014 he won the Channel 4 Playwrights’ Scheme.

VINAY PATEL 

Vinay Patel
Vinay Patel. Photo: Rebecca Need-Menear.

PP fans will know Vinay from our COME TO WHERE I’M FROM project. He wrote a wonderful short play for us in 2016. You can listen to Vinay’s play alongside 160 others for free on our app here.

Vinay’s debut play, TRUE BRITS, premiered at Edinburgh Fringe 2014, transferred to the Bush Theatre’s RADAR Festival and went on to headline the Vault Festival. His follow-up, FREE FALL, ran at the Pleasance Islington and was nominated for three Off West End Awards. His latest play AN ADVENTURE will premiere at The Bush Theatre in September 2018 and will be directed by Bush Artistic Director, Madani Younis and Associate Director Omar Elerian. Vinay is also currently developing pieces with the National Theatre and Paines Plough and has written for Live Theatre, Theatre 503, and Sphinx Theatre Company.

Vinay’s television debut MURDERED BY MY FATHER was commissioned for BBC3 and starred Adeel Akhtar, Kiran Sonia Sawar and Mawaan Rizwan. It won 2 Royal Television Society awards including Best Single Drama before going on to be nominated for three BAFTAs including Best Single Drama and the Breakthrough Talent Award for Vinay. It won the  BAFTA for best Leading Actor (Adeel Akhtar) and Vinay was named a BAFTA Breakthrough Brit for his work on the film.

Vinay is currently developing several projects for the BBC and has written for ITV, Channel 4 and the BFI. He also contributed to the bestselling collection of essays, THE GOOD IMMIGRANT, edited by Nikesh Shukla.

CREATIVE TEAM: 

We’re delighted to be able to reunite the creative team from Roundabout 2017 with Lighting Design by Peter Small, Sound Design by Dominic Kennedy and Movement Direction by Jennifer Jackson, this year joined by Movement Associate Simon Carroll-Jones.

PETER SMALL (Lighting)

Peter studied Lighting Design at RADA. Peter’s recent productions include PLASTIC (Poleroid Theatre, Old Red Lion) ALL OR NOTHING (West End and UK tour), OLD FOOLS (Southwark Playhouse), OUT OF LOVE, BLACK MOUNTAIN, (Offie Nominated) and HOW TO BE A KID (Paines Plough, Theatr Clwyd & Orange Tree), A GIRL IN SCHOOL UNIFORM (WALKS INTO A BAR) (Offie Nominated) (New Diorama), FOX (Old Red Lion), MEMORY OF LEAVES (UK Tour), EAST END BOYS AND WEST END GIRLS (Arcola Theatre and UK tour), ELECTRIC AND POLITRIX (Big House Theatre), TOM & JERRY (EventBox Theatre, Egypt), CINDERELLA (Loughborough) and THE VENUS FACTOR (Bridewell Theatre).

Website: www.pslightingdesign.com

DOMINIC KENNEDY (Sound Design)

Dominic Kennedy is a Sound Designer and Music Producer for performance and live events, he has a keen interest in developing new work and implementing sound and music at an early stage in a creative process. Dominic is a graduate from Royal Central School of Speech and Drama where he developed specialist skills in collaborative and devised theatre making, music composition and installation practices. His work often fuses found sound, field recordings, music composition and synthesis.

Recent design credits include; RAMONA TELLS JIM (Bush Theatre), AND THE REST OF ME FLOATS (Outbox), I AM A TREE (Jamie Wood), BOX CLEVER (nabokov), SKATE HARD TURN LEFT (Battersea Arts Centre), ROUNDABOUT SEASON 2017 (Paines Plough), GAP IN THE LIGHT (Engineer), BROKEN BISCUITS (Paines Plough), ROUNDABOUT SEASON 2016 (Paines Plough), WITH A LITTLE BIT OF LUCK (Paines Plough), THE HUMAN EAR (Paines Plough), THE DEVIL SPEAKS TRUE (Goat and Monkey), RUN (Engineer), ONO (Jamie Wood).

Website: www.sounddesigndom.com

JENNIFER JACKSON (Movement)

Jennifer trained at East 15 and is a movement director and actor.

Movement direction includes: BRIGHTON ROCK (Pilot Theatre), PARLIAMENT SQUARE (The Bush & Royal Exchange), OUR TOWN (Royal Exchange), THE MOUNTAINTOP (The Young Vic), OUT OF LOVE / BLACK MOUNTAIN / HOW TO BE A KID (Paines Plough, Orange Tree Theatre/ Theatr Clwyd & Roundabout Tour), KIKA’S BIRTHDAY (Orange Tree Theatre), DEATH OF A SALESMAN (Royal & Derngate), THE UGLY ONE (The Park 90), PHONE HOME (Shoreditch Town Hall), WHY THE WHALES CAME (Southbank Centre), STONE FACE (Finborough Theatre), DEBRIS (Southwark Playhouse/Openworks Theatre), MACBETH (Sam Wanamaker Playhouse), SILENT PLANET (Finborough), PERICLES (Berwaldhallen), THE FUTURE (The Yard/ Company Three), OTHER-PLEASE SPECIFY, ATOMS (Company Three).

As a performer she has worked with National Theatre, Bath Theatre Royal, Royal & Derngate, Lyric Hammersmith, Shoreditch Town Hall, Derby Theatre, Birmingham Rep, Southwark Playhouse & The Sam Wanamaker Playhouse. She is currently touring Bryony Lavery’s adaptation of BRIGHTON ROCK.

Website: www.jenniferjackson.net

SIMON CARROLL-JONES (Movement Associate)

Simon trained at East 15 Acting School. He is a Theatre Maker, movement director and actor.

Movement direction includes: THE ACT (The Yard/Company 3), BEAR AND BUTTERFLY (Dani Parr and Theatre Hullabaloo), SPRING AWAKENING / MARIGOLDS (Brockley Jack/Outfox), THE CYCLE PLAY (East 15), +-HUMAN RESPONSE (Roundhouse), TRICYCLE TAKEOVER / MAPPING BRENT (The Tricycle).

Simon has taught movement at Central School of Speech and Drama, East 15 Acting School, and Identity Acting School.

As an actor Simon has worked with The RSC, Soho Theatre, The Royal and Derngate, Bath
Theatre Royal, Shoreditch Town Hall, Tangled Feet Theatre, Theatre Hullabaloo, Hull Truck, Lyric Hammersmith, Battersea Arts Centre, Oval House.

Simon is an associate artist of Angel Exit Theatre, Moving Dust, Tangled Feet, Upstart Theatre.

Simon’s Solo show, Marco, will be touring in 2019 with James Blakey and Upstart Theatre.

Website: www.simonjonestheatremaker.com

STAGE MANAGEMENT:

Two Roundabout stalwarts return to us this year. Caitlin O’Reilly will be our CSM after working on Roundabout in 2016 and Wesley Hughes will be our TSM after being part of the crew that builds and maintains Roundabout for the last few years.

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I WANNA BE YOURS: Meet the team

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Zia Ahmed, Anna Himali Howard, Emily Stott and Assad Zaman. Photp: Helen Murray.

We’re delighted to announce the cast of Zia Ahmed’s debut play I WANNA BE YOURS.

Meet Emily Stott and Assad Zaman! Emily will play Ella – an actress from Yorkshire while Assad will play Haseeb – a poet from London.

I WANNA BE YOURS is co-produced with Tamasha and will tour North Yorkshire with Rural Arts on the CREATE Tour. Full dates here.

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Ella is from Yorkshire. Haseeb is from London. They order a pizza. House red for Ella. Hot chocolate for Haseeb.

“I think I’m falling in love with you.”

Meet in the middle. Meet the parents. Meet the friends. Meet the aunties. They say opposites attract, but can they stay together?

A tender, funny, lyrical play about finding love and holding onto it with everything you’ve got. I WANNA BE YOURS is the debut play from slam poetry champion Zia Ahmed.

I WANNA BE YOURS was developed with support from the Channel 4 Playwrights’ Scheme.

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Writer: Zia Ahmed. Photo: Helen Murray.

I WANNA BE YOURS is written by Zia Ahmed.

We first worked with Zia in 2016 when, alongside Tamasha, we commissioned him to write a short play about where he calls home, North West London, for our COME TO WHERE I’M FROM series. The short play which was performed at Kiln Theatre (formerly Tricycle Theatre) in summer that year. It moved us in such a way that we knew we had to work with Zia again.

Zia joined us on attachment through the Channel 4 Playwrights’ Scheme in 2017. During this time he developed his first full length play – I WANNA BE YOURS.

You can listen to Zia perform his short audio play LAH-DI-DAH here. It’s also available on our free app alongside 160 other short audio plays about home. Download here.

Zia is from North West London. He is a London Laureate, having been shortlisted to be the Young Poet Laureate for London 2015/16. He is a former Roundhouse Poetry Slam champion.

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Director: Anna Himali Howard. Photo: Helen Murray.

I WANNA BE YOURS is directed by Anna Himali Howard.

PP fans will know Anna for her work on I GOT SUPERPOWERS FOR MY BIRTHDAY by Katie Douglas, GROWTH by Luke Norris and LOVE, LIES AND TAXIDERMY by Alan Harris in 2016. Anna was our Trainee Director that year and worked as Assistant Director on all three shows.

This year she directed our collaboration with the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, ALBATROSS by Isley Lynn. ALBATROSS played in Cardiff and transferred to The Gate for a sold out run.

Anna is also a Creative Associate at the Gate Theatre and an alumnus of the Birmingham REP Foundry. Her work includes:

Director: ALBATROSS by Isley Lynn for NEW (RWCMD/Paines Plough/Gate Theatre), LIFE IS NO LAUGHING MATTER by Demi Nandhra (Birmingham REP/mac birmingham), 20B by Jane English (Birmingham REP/CPT).

Theatremaker: MAHABHARAT/A by Anna Himali Howard and Zarina Muhammad (Camden People’s Theatre), THE BEANFIELD by Breach Theatre (New Diorama, National tour 2016)

Associate Director: FLEABAG by Phoebe Waller-Bridge (Drywrite/Soho Theatre international tour).

Assistant Director: OTHELLO, dir. Ellen McDougall (Shakespeare’s Globe), IN THE NIGHT TIME (BEFORE THE SUN RISES) by Nina Segal, dir. Ben Kidd (Gate Theatre).

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Ella: Emily Stott. Photo: Helen Murray.

Emily trained at The Oxford School of Drama.

Credits include: GLITTER PUNCH (VAULT Festival); THE KITCHEN SINK (Oldham Coliseum); INSIDE PUSSY RIOT (Saatchi Gallery/Les Enfants Terribles); THE PICTURE OF DORIAN GRAY (Watermill Theatre); PANCAKE DAY (PLAY Theatre Company/The Bunker Theatre); EARLY DOORS; ELECTRIC EDEN (Not Too Tame/UK Tour); THE SUBTERRANEAN SEASON (PLAY Theatre Company/VAULT Festival) and THE SELFISH GIANT (Arcola).

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Haseeb: Assad Zaman. Photo: Helen Murray.

Assad trained at the Manchester School of Theatre.

Theatre credits include: CORIOLANUS (RSC/Barbican); SALOME (RSC); ARMS AND THE MAN (Watford Palace); A MIDSUMMER NIGHT¹S DREAM (New Wolsey Theatre Ipswich); EAST IS EAST National Tour (Jamie Lloyd Productions/ATG); BEHIND THE BEAUTIFUL FOREVERS (National Theatre, London); BEATS NORTH (Northern Stage/Curious Monkey); TYNE (Live Theatre and Theatre Royal Newcastle); GRIM TALES (Northern Stage).

Television credits include: APPLE TREE YARD (Kudos for BBC1); CUCUMBER (Red Productions for Channel 4).

Assad can also be heard voicing Sathnam Sanghera’s critically acclaimed book, “The Boy With The Topknot”.

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We’re delighted to be joined by Jennifer Jackson and Kieran Lucas who work on Movement and Sound Design respectively.

Jennifer trained at East 15 and is a movement director and actor.

Movement direction includes: Brighton Rock (Pilot Theatre), Parliament Square (The Bush & Royal Exchange), Our Town (Royal Exchange), The Mountaintop (The Young Vic), Out of Love/ Black Mountain/ How to be a Kid (Paines Plough, Orange Tree Theatre/ Theatr Clwyd & Roundabout Tour), Kika’s Birthday (Orange Tree Theatre), Death of a Salesman (Royal & Derngate), The Ugly One (The Park 90), Phone Home (Shoreditch Town Hall), Why The Whales Came (Southbank Centre), Stone Face (Finborough Theatre), Debris (Southwark Playhouse/Openworks Theatre), Macbeth (Sam Wanamaker Playhouse), Silent Planet (Finborough), Pericles (Berwaldhallen), The Future (The Yard/ Company Three), Other-Please Specify, Atoms (Company Three).

Check her work out here.

Kieran is a London based sound designer and theatre-maker and founding member of Barrel Organ. Kieran has worked with various theatre companies and venues including the Young Vic, the RSC, the Roundhouse, Battersea Arts Centre and The Yard as a sound designer, musician, composer, technician, stage-manager and performer as well as creating and devising his own work.

Check his work out here.

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You can catch I WANNA BE YOURS on a tour of North Yorkshire next week. Full dates here.