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Dear Future

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 Dear Future
Dear Future
Imagine if you were able to create your own radically joyful future. What would that future look like for you? What would that future look like for everyone? During October half term we wanted to think about what a utopian future could look like for young people right now. An incredible group of young creatives (ages 13-17) worked with artists Tash Hyman and Nicola Chang over two days, to interrogate our current dystopia and imagine a brighter future. Together they created this audio piece exploring how our creativity can shape what comes next. Credits Lead facilitators: Tash Hyman (director) & Nicola Chang (sound designer) Flautist: Jaden Contributions from: Ayana, Jaden, Mimi, Makeba, Sev, Jadine, Dom This project was created and produced by Stratford East's Future Leaders with the support of the Learning & Participation team.
10:10
December 05, 2022
Episode 30 - Travis Alabanza - Burn It Down
Episode 30 - Travis Alabanza - Burn It Down
Stratford East has commissioned 6 writers to create urgent, political short plays in a new series called BURN IT DOWN. We'll be interviewing the 12 writers and directors in the series. In this episode, we spoke to Travis Alabanza about their play I'm tired of waiting, someone pass me the duct tape.
12:38
May 03, 2022
Episode 29 - Amy Trigg and Jane Moriarty - Burn It Down
Episode 29 - Amy Trigg and Jane Moriarty - Burn It Down
Stratford East has commissioned 6 writers to create urgent, political short plays in a new series called BURN IT DOWN. We'll be interviewing the 12 writers and directors in the series. In this episode, we spoke to Amy Trigg and Jane Moriarty about their play It's Not Like It's Illegal.
15:17
April 20, 2022
Episode 28 - Timberlake Wertenbaker and Anthony Lau - Burn It Down
Episode 28 - Timberlake Wertenbaker and Anthony Lau - Burn It Down
Stratford East has commissioned 6 writers to create urgent, political short plays in a new series called BURN IT DOWN. We'll be interviewing the 12 writers and directors in the series. In this episode, we spoke to Timberlake Wertenbaker and Anthony Lau about their play The Expendables.
23:24
April 15, 2022
Episode 27 - babirye bukilwa and malakaï sargeant - Burn It Down
Episode 27 - babirye bukilwa and malakaï sargeant - Burn It Down
Stratford East has commissioned 6 writers to create urgent, political short plays in a new series called BURN IT DOWN. We'll be interviewing the 12 writers and directors in the series. In this episode, we spoke to babirye bukilwa and malakaï sargeant about their play yummy. Find out more about our Burn It Down series here.
21:31
April 13, 2022
Episode 26 - Lettie Precious and Leian John-Baptiste - Burn It Down
Episode 26 - Lettie Precious and Leian John-Baptiste - Burn It Down
Stratford East has commissioned 6 writers to create urgent, political short plays in a new series called BURN IT DOWN. We'll be interviewing the 12 writers and directors in the series, kicking off with Lettie Precious and Leian John-Baptiste who tell us all about their play IF I SPEAK. Find out more about BURN IT DOWN here.
22:16
April 13, 2022
Episode 25 - After The End
Episode 25 - After The End
We spoke to actors Amaka Okafor and Nick Blood about starring in Dennis Kelly's AFTER THE END. They give us a great insight into the play as well as advice for folks starting out in the industry, plus some of their music, TV and theatre recommendations. AFTER THE END is playing at Stratford East until Sat 26 March 2022, book online: www.stratfordeast.com/aftertheend
26:05
March 13, 2022
Episode 24 - Shining City
Episode 24 - Shining City
We caught up with actors Michelle Fox and Curtis-Lee Ashqar from the Shining City company. Conor McPherson's Dublin ghost story SHINING CITY is playing at Stratford East until Sat 23 Oct.  Tickets and info: https://www.stratfordeast.com/shiningcity
30:43
October 04, 2021
Episode 23 - EXTINCT
Episode 23 - EXTINCT
Live theatre is back at Stratford East and we are thrilled to welcoming audiences into the building. In this episode, we talk to writer April De Angelis about her new plat EXTINCT, which tackles the climate emergency head on.  EXTINCT will play at Stratford East from Wed 30 Jun - Sat 17 Jul, and is available to watch online from 13-18 Jul. Tickets and info: www.stratfordeast.com/extinct
25:43
June 23, 2021
Episode 22 - Tabby Lamb
Episode 22 - Tabby Lamb
In this episode, our Artistic Director, Nadia Fall, chats with performance artist Tabby Lamb about being one of our newly appointed Sky Arts Artistic Associates.
29:12
May 10, 2021
Episode 21 - Mina Barber
Episode 21 - Mina Barber
In this episode, our Artistic Director, Nadia Fall, chats with writer and director Mina Barber about being one of our newly appointed Sky Arts Artistic Associates.
40:02
May 05, 2021
Episode 20 - Welcome To Iran
Episode 20 - Welcome To Iran
We had a chat with actor Maimuna Memon, who plays Ava in the upcoming broadcast of WELCOME TO IRAN. After having to cancel our production of WELCOME TO IRAN in April 2020, we are thrilled that a new version has been specially recorded for radio and will be broadcast on BBC Radio 3 on Sun 11 Apr, 7.30pm. You can listen to the broadcast on BBC Radio 3 and the BBC Sounds App.
28:11
April 06, 2021
Episode 19 - Hysterical! A Hilarious History of Hysteria
Episode 19 - Hysterical! A Hilarious History of Hysteria
We spoke to performer and writer Rebecca Buckle about her show HYSTERICAL! A HILARIOUS HISTORY OF HYSTERIA. We filmed her lecture, which will be available to watch from Mon 29 Mar 2021 at www.stratfordeast.com/hysterical
26:49
March 25, 2021
Episode 18 - Spotlight on Freelancers: Tigger Blaize
Episode 18 - Spotlight on Freelancers: Tigger Blaize
We spoke to actor Tigger Blaize about his career and also LGBTQ+ History Month. Tigger Twitter: www.twitter.com/TiggerBlaize Consultancy: bounce@tiggerblaize.co.uk #LGBTHM21
31:09
February 11, 2021
Episode 17 - Petrichor
Episode 17 - Petrichor
We had a chat with movement director and PETRICHOR co-creator Jess Williams about creating a VR theatre experience during lockdown. ThickSkin new show runs at Stratford East from 07 - 13 Dec.
25:53
November 20, 2020
Episode 16 - Spotlight on Freelancers: Matilda Ibini
Episode 16 - Spotlight on Freelancers: Matilda Ibini
We're chatting to stage and screenwriter Matilda Ibini about her route into the arts, from writing Scooby Doo fan fiction to her semi-autobiographic play Little Miss Burden. Matilda Ibini website: https://matildaibini.com/ See more from our Spotlight series on our Blog - www.stratfordeast.com/blog
56:60
November 05, 2020
Episode 15 - Spotlight on Freelancers: Anni Domingo
Episode 15 - Spotlight on Freelancers: Anni Domingo
We're chatting to actor, writer, teacher and director Anni Domingo about her route into the arts, from starting out in Sierra Leone to performing in Three Sisters at the National Theatre. See more from our Spotlight series on our Blog - www.stratfordeast.com/blog
40:39
October 22, 2020
Episode 14 - Spotlight on Freelancers: Ben Quashie
Episode 14 - Spotlight on Freelancers: Ben Quashie
We're chatting to director and producer Ben Quashie about his route into the arts. Ben is Artistic Director of Nuu Theatre and Assistant Producer at English Touring Theatre. See more from our Spotlight series on our Blog - www.stratfordeast.com/blog
40:06
October 19, 2020
846 - Episode 3: The effects of racism on mental health
846 - Episode 3: The effects of racism on mental health
On Mon 25 May 2020, a police officer in Minneapolis killed George Floyd by kneeling on his neck for 8 minutes and 46 seconds. This brutal murder ignited a global surge of anger and pain. An ocean away, from the Windrush scandal to the Grenfell Tower tragedy, racist oppression is very much alive in the UK. Acclaimed playwright Roy Williams brought together 14 writers to respond artistically to George Floyd’s murder and the Black Lives Matter Movement. From this came 846 – a collection of short pieces. Each is a standalone exploration of racial inequality and oppression, but together they form a powerful tapestry of voices. 846 is directed by Ola Ince and features a soundscape by Donato Wharton. Please note that 846 contains very strong language and discusses themes some may find sensitive or upsetting. 846 has been supported by the Royal Docks Team. In this episode: SUCK. YOUR. MUM. by Nathan Powell, performed by Kevin Harvey THE TIME WHEN by Ishy Din, performed by Shane Zaza TRIGGERED by Clint Dyer, performed by Clint Dyer MY PART by Selina Thompson, performed by Jude Akuwudike, Doreene Blackstock, Carlos Byles, Dona Croll, Kobna Holdbrook-Smith, Martina Laird, Rebekah Murrell
28:04
July 20, 2020
846 - Episode 2: Police Brutality
846 - Episode 2: Police Brutality
On Mon 25 May 2020, a police officer in Minneapolis killed George Floyd by kneeling on his neck for 8 minutes and 46 seconds. This brutal murder ignited a global surge of anger and pain. An ocean away, from the Windrush scandal to the Grenfell Tower tragedy, racist oppression is very much alive in the UK. Acclaimed playwright Roy Williams brought together 14 writers to respond artistically to George Floyd’s murder and the Black Lives Matter Movement. From this came 846 – a collection of short pieces. Each is a standalone exploration of racial inequality and oppression, but together they form a powerful tapestry of voices. 846 is directed by Ola Ince and features a soundscape by Donato Wharton. Please note that 846 contains very strong language and discusses themes some may find sensitive or upsetting. 846 has been supported by the Royal Docks Team. In this episode: I WITNESSED A MURDER by Eddie Botsio, performed by Tamara Lawrence IC3 by Nathaniel Martello-White, performed by Kirsty Bushell FONG LEE by David K.S. Tse, performed by Tuyen Do COP by Avril E. Russell, performed by Cherrelle Skeete SAY THEIR NAMES by Sumerah Srivastav, performed by Will Edgerton
40:18
July 20, 2020
846 - Episode 1: Growing up in racist Britain
846 - Episode 1: Growing up in racist Britain
On Mon 25 May 2020, a police officer in Minneapolis killed George Floyd by kneeling on his neck for 8 minutes and 46 seconds. This brutal murder ignited a global surge of anger and pain. An ocean away, from the Windrush scandal to the Grenfell Tower tragedy, racist oppression is very much alive in the UK. Acclaimed playwright Roy Williams brought together 14 writers to respond artistically to George Floyd’s murder and the Black Lives Matter Movement. From this came 846 – a collection of short pieces. Each is a standalone exploration of racial inequality and oppression, but together they form a powerful tapestry of voices. 846 is directed by Ola Ince and features a soundscape by Donato Wharton. Please note that 846 contains very strong language and discusses themes some may find sensitive or upsetting. 846 has been supported by the Royal Docks Team. In this episode: 8 MINUTES 46 SECONDS by Roy Williams, performed by Elijah Ansah SYRITA by Carol Russell, performed by Carol Russell THE REVOLUTION WILL BE TELEVISED by Lettie Precious, performed by Jade Anouka I CAN BREATHE BUT I DON’T by Samina Baig, performed by Stephanie Street SHEHE by Gurpreet Kaur Bhatti, performed by Paapa Essiedu
20:04
July 20, 2020
Episode 13 - I Think We Are Alone (Frantic Assembly)
Episode 13 - I Think We Are Alone (Frantic Assembly)
We had a chat with I THINK WE ARE ALONE cast members Chizzy Akudolu and Andy Turner about the ups and downs of working as actors.  I THINK WE ARE ALONE - Tue 28 Feb - Sat 21 Mar 2020 Frantic Assembly's new play, written by Sally Abbott and co-directed by Kathy Burke and Scott Graham, runs at Stratford East until Sat 21 Mar.
26:17
March 12, 2020
Episode 12 - The Gift
Episode 12 - The Gift
We spoke to cast member Donna Berlin about Eclipse Theatre's new play THE GIFT by Janice Okoh and directed by Dawn Walton. THE GIFT Wed 29 Jan - Sat 15 Feb 2020 
26:29
February 05, 2020
Mini Episode - The Gift
Mini Episode - The Gift
Eclipse theatre company present THE GIFT, a brand new comedy drama from Bruntwood Prize-winner Janice Okoh, directed by Dawn Walton. Janice and Dawn sat down with Belgrade Theatre Coventry for a chat about the play and what audiences can expect. THE GIFT Wed 29 Jan - Sat 15 Feb 2020
14:49
December 20, 2019
Episode 11 - Dick Whittington
Episode 11 - Dick Whittington
We spoke with #StratfordPanto cast members Severine Howell-Meri, Tom Giles and Harry Jardine about all-things panto! (Oh, yes we did) DICK WHITTINGTON Sat 23 Nov 2019 - Sat 11 Jan 2020 
27:10
December 16, 2019
Episode 10 - Our Lady of Kibeho
Episode 10 - Our Lady of Kibeho
We spoke with cast members Taz Munya and Michelle Asante about this critically-acclaimed play. Hailed as one of 'the 50 best theatre shows of the 21st century' (The Guardian) and 'the most important play of the year' (The Wall Street Journal, 2014), this vibrantly theatrical meditation on faith, doubt and miracles is inspired by the extraordinary events in Rwanda that captured the world’s attention. OUR LADY OF KIBEHO is the latest work from Olivier Award-winning writer Katori Hall, whose previous plays include Tina: The Tina Turner Musical and The Mountaintop. OUR LADY OF KIBEHO by Katori Hall, directed by James Dacre - 25 Sep - 02 Nov 2019 
33:16
October 21, 2019
Episode 9 - Ramps on the Moon and Oliver Twist
Episode 9 - Ramps on the Moon and Oliver Twist
We are thrilled to announce the fourth Ramps on the Moon production will be a new adaptation of Charles Dickens' OLIVER TWIST. We spoke with Agent for Change, Kate Lovell, about the show and Ramps on the Moon project. Now in its fourth year (after the huge successes of The Government Inspector, Tommy and Our Country's Good), this pioneering initiative from seven major UK theatre organisations is committed to putting D/deaf and disabled artists and audiences at the centre of their work.  28 May – 6 June Theatre Royal Stratford East  TOUR 28 Feb – 21 March Leeds Playhouse 25 March - 4 April New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich 16 – 25 April Nottingham Playhouse 29 April – 9 May Birmingham Repertory Theatre 13 – 23 May Crucible Theatre, Sheffield
25:07
June 26, 2019
Episode 8 - King Hedley II
Episode 8 - King Hedley II
We spoke with Constanza Romero Wilson about August Wilson's legacy, especially King Hedley II, taking place at Stratford East from 17 May - 15 Jun 2019.
29:43
June 06, 2019
Episode 7 - Noughts & Crosses
Episode 7 - Noughts & Crosses
We're chatting with actors Kimisha Lewis and Jack Condon about being in Pilot Theatre's production of NOUGHTS & CROSSES. We also spoke with Pilot Theatre about the NOUGHTS & CROSSES YOUNG PEOPLE'S FESTIVAL, taking place at Stratford East on Mon 29 Apr. NOUGHTS & CROSSES Wed 24 Apr - Sat 04 May 2019 NOUGHTS & CROSSES YOUNG PEOPLE'S FESTIVAL Mon 29 Apr 2019 
38:10
April 26, 2019
Episode 6 - Equus pt 2
Episode 6 - Equus pt 2
We're chatting with Movement Director Shelley Maxwell and performer Ira Mandela Siobhan about how they created the movement for EQUUS by Peter Shaffer, directed by Ned Bennett in co-production with English Touring Theatre. EQUUS FRI 15 FEB - SAT 23 MAR 2019 Tour dates: Cambridge Arts Theatre 26 Mar — 30 Mar Theatre Royal Bath 02 Apr — 06 Apr 2019 Bristol Old Vic 16 Apr — 20 Apr 2019 The Lowry, Salford 23 Apr — 27 Apr 2019 Northern Stage, Newcastle 30 Apr — 04 May 2019 Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford 07 May — 11 May 2019
35:56
March 15, 2019
Episode 5 - Equus pt 1
Episode 5 - Equus pt 1
We're chatting with actors Ethan Kai and Norah Lopez Holden about EQUUS by Peter Shaffer, directed by Ned Bennett in co-production with English Touring Theatre.
18:55
February 07, 2019
Episode 4 - The Unreturning (Frantic Assembly)
Episode 4 - The Unreturning (Frantic Assembly)
We're chatting with actors Kieton Saunders-Browne and Jonnie Riordan about THE UNRETURNING, the new Frantic Assembly show written by Anna Jordan. THE UNRETURNING Wed 16 Jan - Sat 02 Feb 2019
34:55
January 25, 2019
Episode 3 - The Wolves
Episode 3 - The Wolves
We're chat with playwright Sarah DeLappe and director Ellen McDougall about THE WOLVES. THE WOLVES Wed 24 Oct - Sat 17 Nov 2018 Tickets: http://bit.ly/TheWolves-Stratford-East
24:51
November 08, 2018
Episode 2 - Queer Lates
Episode 2 - Queer Lates
In this episode we chat with Drag Queen Dolly Trolley about our upcoming show QUEER LATES (Thu 08 Nov 2018). QUEER LATES - a celebration of all things Queer, proud and powerful featuring Trolly Dolley, Kate Butch, Chiyo, Benjamin Butch, Rhys's Pieces, Rubyyy Jones, Freida Slaves and Gals Aloud. Thu 08 Nov 2018 from 9pm
31:26
October 31, 2018
Episode 1 - The Village
Episode 1 - The Village
Welcome to the very first episode of the Stratford East Podcast, hosted by Assistant Producer Daisy Hale and Marketing Officer Sean Brooks. On this episode, we speak to Stratford East Artistic Director, Nadia Fall, and acclaimed playwright April De Angelis about their production THE VILLAGE.
38:37
September 28, 2018