Introducing the writers behind COME TO WHERE I AM Series 5: Reading

Come To Where I Am – Series 5: Reading, is in partnership with Reading Rep. Reading’s resident professional theatre combines high-class productions with ground-breaking education and community engagement to help transform Reading and the surrounding area’s cultural landscape. Produces diverse new voices on the stage. Working with new directors, new playwrights and new
practitioners, we present plays from classics to new writing, revivals to musicals; producing outstanding productions of world class plays for the widest possible audience.

THE WRITERS:

Sam Butler

Sam was born in Denbigh in North Wales but did most of her growing up in Reading surrounded by her 6 siblings and the many foster siblings they shared their home with. She is a writer and an artist and a mother.

She has been co-artistic director of Fevered Sleep since graduating in 1996. Fevered Sleep works across artforms making performance, installation, books, films and digital art. They work in galleries, theatres, cinemas, schools and other community sites; as well as online, in people’s homes, or on their phones. They try to open up new spaces to enable as many people as possible to engage with them. Their practice invites all sorts of people, to come together and explore thought provoking, challenging and experimental ideas. Their mission in everything they make and do is to try to make the world a more caring, curious and compassionate place. Sam has many years’ experience of leading workshops with adults and with children, mentoring artists and companies and teaching both in the UK and internationally including Banff: Centre for the Arts and Creativity (Canada), Skånes Dansteater (Sweden), Young Vic Theatre (UK), Beijing People’s Arts Theatre (China), Taipei International Children’s Festival (Taiwan), Dansehallerne (Denmark).

Adrian Tang

Adrian is a Berkshire-based theatre maker.  He is the Artistic Director of Exit Pursued By Panda, a theatre company promoting the interests of East Asian writers, directors, actors and other creatives.  In 2019, he directed and co-produced TULIPS by Michael Beakhouse, a touring show about male domestic abuse supported by the Arts Council and ManKind Initiative.  In February 2020 he directed UNBURIED as part of the Takeover Festival produced by The Upsetters at the Bunker Theatre.

Ali Taylor

Ali is a playwright and teacher. His plays include: CATHY (Cardboard Citizens, UK tour/Edinburgh/Soho Theatre), CONSPIRACY (RWCMD, Gate Theatre), UNDER MY SKIN (Pegasus Theatre, tour), FAULT LINES (Hampstead Theatre), STICKS & STONES (Polka Theatre), A LITTLE NECK (Goat & Monkey), COTTON WOOL (Theatre503, Berliner Festspiele) for which he won the 18th Meyer-Whitworth Award, OVERSPILL (Churchill Theatre Bromley/Soho Theatre) and THE MACHINE GUNNERS (Polka Theatre).

Radio plays include EIGHT FEET HIGH AND RISING and CINDERS for Radio 4’s Afternoon Play.

Camille Ucan

Camille is a writer, comedy performer and actress from Reading, who recently starred in Sky One’s CINDERELLA: AFTER EVER AFTER alongside Celia Imrie and Sian Gibson. She also played the leading role of Nikki in both series of critically lauded improvised sitcom, LEE AND DEAN for Channel 4.

Camille recently hosted the CBBC show A WEEK TO BEAT THE WORLD and has also been seen in ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS, BBC1’s comedy drama TRUCKERS, Matt Lucas’ silent comedy POMPIDOU AND GITTINS for C4, to highlight some of her favourites.

Camille is one third of comedy sketch group Birthday Girls, whose podcast BIRTHDAY GIRLS HOUSE PARTY was nominated for best comedy at the British Podcast Awards in 2019.

Camille writes for various children’s TV shows including Children’s BAFTA nominated sketch show GIGGLEBIZ, THOMAS THE TANK ENGINE, and SCRAMBLED! for CITV, to name a few.

Her theatre credits include OUTINGS, (a collection of monologues about coming out), and an adaptation of Gogol’s MARRIAGE, both among a comedic ensemble cast and whose productions first started at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, with OUTINGS culminating in a UK wide tour.

She is currently living in London and developing various TV, film and theatre scripts.

COME TO WHERE I AM – SERIES 5: Reading will be available on our YouTube channel from Wednesday 17 June 2020, 7:00pm

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