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14/48 Festival

7 writers, 7 directors, 25 actors, designers, and musicians + 48 hours = 14 world premiere plays

14/48 Leicester is the Leicester Satellite of “The world’s quickest theatre festival” in which 14 new plays are written, directed and performed within a 48 hour period. It is a ‘live brief’ networking opportunity, a new writing festival, theatre stripped back to it’s raw roots, and it is the most fun, challenging, and invigorating experience for both the artists and audiences that make it possible.

‘Woof’ by Heidi McElrath

I had the pleasure of directing 2 plays for this year’s festival in Leicester, ‘In and Out of Bed’ by Heidi McElrath and ‘Let Me In, Let Me In’ by Shaun Dyer. It’s a whirlwind experience trying to coordinate actors, writers, set designers, costume designers, lighting technicians, the band and everyone else involved over such a short period of time, after only picking up the script for the first time at 9am that morning. But boy is it utterly exhilarating and heaps of fun, and the quality of all the work produced over both evenings was remarkable.

14/48 returns to Leicester in May 2017. If you’ve never attended before, then make sure not to miss out this year – it promises to be an evening of pure hilarity and brilliance.

For more information please visit: https://1448leicesterfest.wordpress.com/

 

Christmas Variety Show

I am currently directing at Urban Young Actors for their Christmas Variety Show which will take place on the 16th and 17th December 2016. The show will feature an eclectic mix of theatre styles and genres.

The pictures below are taken from scenes of William Shakespeare’s ‘Troilus and Cressida’, performed by the 16-21 group and directed by me. Troilus and Cressida is one of William Shakespeare’s lesser known (or at least less popular) plays – I would describe it as an anti-hero, anti-romance and altogether quite anticlamactic tragicomedy. However, it is for those very qualities that I absolutely adore it and the young actors have done an exceptional job of creating a highly original and electric, modern interpretation.

 

Green Leaves Fall & Freeman

‘From despair to hope, then straight back to where we start. Disillusion only comes when there is hope found in our heart.’

For Black History Month, Strictly Arts are proud to present two productions to Belgrade Theatre, Coventry – ‘Green Leaves Fall’ and ‘Freeman’. I put together a trailer for each show which you can watch below!

Green Leaves Fall – Brixton, 1981. In the aftermath of the riots, 14 year old Kieran Brown finds himself in unfamiliar surroundings as he is adopted by an upper class family in Oxford. His new family send him to St Edwards, a prestigious boys school, with his new brother George. We follow his journey as he strives to fit into this new environment, as his classmates struggle to accept this new face and as he tries to find his identity.

Freeman – A brand new collaboration with award-winning writer Camilla Whitehill. Freeman utilises physical theatre to interrogate the tension between mental health and the justice system. Inspired by the true story of William Freeman, a black slave who was put on trial in 19th Century New York and the first case to raise ‘insanity’ as a defence.

“Green Leaves Fall’s genius is in its careful balancing of comedy with gut-wrenching drama. Often laugh-out-loud funny with touching moments of naivety and young love, it begins in the familiar mode of a coming-of-age tale before moving into darker territory.” – What’s On Live

 

 

‘We Lost Elijah’ by Ryan Craig

Elijah’s older brother and two friends were charged with getting him home safely while the riots were raging. Somehow though, somewhere on route, something happened and they didn’t make it home together. Did elijah get caught up in the events or was there another reason for his disappearance?

Kieran is currently directing  ‘We Lost Elija’ by Ryan Craig for the Over 16s group at Urban Young Actors. The play takes to the stage on July 30th and 31st at Wreake Valley Theatre. See here for tickets: http://urbanyoungactors.com

Adults are charged at £7.50, OAPs & children £6 and Urban members £4.

We Lost Elijah