October to December 2012 | Winter 2012 Season

KHADIJA IS 18

by Shamser Sinha

 
Tuesday, 30 October – Saturday, 24 November 2012

A world premiere by a new playwright 

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The Times Critics' Choice
Time Out Critics' Choice
Evening Standard Critics' Choice
★★★★ Four Stars, The Times
★★★★ Four Stars, Evening Standard
★★★★ Four Stars, Time Out
★★★★ Four and a Half Stars, The Public Reviews
★★★★ Four Stars, Fulham and Hammersmith Chronicle

Khadija is 18 is a story from the frontline of multicultural Britain, and explores the lives of two teenage refugee girls in London's East End. Liza needs Khadija and Khadija needs Liza. When Khadija links up with Ade, things begin to unravel. Does Khadija care about Liza anymore? And what is Ade doin’ having sex with a ref girl? All the while the immigration clock is ticking down. Giving voice to the dispossessed and capturing the hopes and heartbreak of our young, Shamser Sinha is an exciting new voice in playwriting.

Originally discovered via ANGLE Theatre's 'Call for Plays' campaign in East London, Khadija is 18 was among 100 submissions they received from new writers. 50 of these plays were from first time writers, with 40 playwrights coming from a BAME background, and a remarkable 4 entries from non-English speakers. Shamser’s play was one of five winners, and along with two other writers his script received a production-without-decor as part of Triangle at Hackney Empire. ANGLE won the 2009 Peter Brook Empty Space Award for their new writing work and for producing Triangle (Hackney Empire).

ABOUT THE PLAYWRIGHT SHAMSER SINHA

Playwright Shamser Sinha has been a writer on attachment at the Royal Court Theatre where he wrote Storm, and was commissioned by ANGLE as writer in residence to write Chicken N’Chips. He works as a lecturer in Sociology and Youth Studies, and has spent the past ten years doing research and youth work with young asylum seekers and vulnerable teenagers in London. This production of Khadija is 18 is his full-length professional debut.

ABOUT THE DIRECTOR TIM STARK

Director Tim Stark is a winner of the John S. Cohen Directors Bursary at the National Theatre Studio and English Touring Theatre, a founding member of B29 Productions and Artistic Associate of ANGLE Theatre from 2009 to 2011. Tim was a Regional Director for National Theatre Connections, producing Blackout in the Olivier Theatre as part of National Theatre Connections. Other directing includes Once and Future Plays, five short new plays by Philip Ridley, Mark Ravenhill, Dominic Francis, Judith Johnson and Nick Drake (Cactus Productions –  Site Specific), Kurt and Sid which was nominated for the WhatsOnStage award for Best Off-West End Production (Trafalgar Studios), The Last Pilgrim which was shortlisted for the OffWestEnd Award for Best New Play (White Bear Theatre), Road (Royal and Derngate Theatre, Northampton) Rafts and Dreams and Mayhem (Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester), Festen (Birmingham Rep and National Tour), Edward Bond's Lear (National Theatre Studio and Teatro Due International Theatre Festival), Shadow Language (Theatre 503),Twisted (Oval House) Romeo and Juliet (English Touring Theatre and Hong Kong Arts Festival) The Boy Who Fell into a Book (English Touring Theatre), Julius Ceasar (Teatro Due International Theatre Festival and Verona Shakespeare Festival), Cardiff East, Over Gardens Out, In the Blue (Teatro Due International Theatre Festival), Five Kinds of Silence, Bombing People and Signing Off (Jermyn Street Theatre),The Lunatic Queen (Riverside Studios) and Thick as Thieves (Chelsea Centre).

 

ABOUT THE CAST

Victor Alli | Ade

Trained at the Identity Drama School and the Brit School.
Theatre includes Fugee (National Theatre New Connections) and Blackout (Watford Palace Theatre).
Film includes Gone Too Far and Ghost Class.

Damson Idris | Sam

Trained at the Identity Drama School.
Theatre includes Pandora’s Box (Arcola Theatre)
Film includes Attack The Block, 51 Degrees and My Brother The Devil.
Television includes Miranda.

Lucy Eaton | Liza (plays Liza at certain performances)

Trained at LAMDA.
Theatre includes The Duchess of Malfi (The Old Vic), Cyrano De Bergerac (The White Bear), The 24-hour Plays (Old Vic New Voices), The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) (Edinburgh Fringe Festival), Romeo and Juliet (Cambridge Arts Theatre), Vincent in Brixton (LAMDA), Daisy Pulls it Off (LAMDA.

Aysha Kala | Khadija

Trained at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama.
Theatre includes Much Ado About Nothing (Royal Shakespeare Company and West End).
Film includes Jadoo.
Television includes playing series regular, Sita, in Shameless.

Katherine Rose Morley | Liza

Trained at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.
Theatre whilst training included Chaplin, Lysistrata, The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby, Jenufa, Think Only This of Me, The Women, Antony and Cleopatra, The Lucky Stiff, Agamemnon, The False Count, The Permanent Way, Three Sisters andThe Country.

Sioned Jones | Joanna

At the Finborough Theatre, Sioned appeared in The Illustrious Corpse (2004). 
Trained at Exeter University and the Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art.
Theatre: 13, Women Beware Women, All's Well That Ends Well, Oedipus and Never So Good (National Theatre), Tolstoy (Aldwych Theatre and National Tour), Glorious! (Duchess Theatre), The Letter (Wyndhams Theatre and National Tour), Shadowlands (Wyndham's and Novello Theatres and National Tour), Love on the Tracks (Watermill Theatre, Newbury), The Giraffe, the Pelly and Me (Birmingham Old Rep), Monumental (Grid Iron at the Citizens Theatre, Glasgow), Twelfth Night (Palace Theatre, Westcliff-on-Sea, and Cambridge Arts Theatre), Romeo and Juliet (National Tour), The Wild Party, The Windmill, The Cheeky Chappie, Big Voice Cabaret, Pippin, Have a Nice Life! and Pub (Union Theatre), Wolf! (New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich), Golden Opportunities (Croydon Warehouse), People Show 104, Vision of Pride (Theatre 503), Conor Mitchell's Anthology (St Paul's) and Old 100th (Drury Lane Salon). Other Theatre includes producing Mme Charlotte-Ann Arcati's Christmas Presence, Gypsy – Once in a Blue Moon and Be My Baby (Union Theatre), directing Lie Back In Anger (Union Theatre) and Basket (Edinburgh Festival), and writing The Juror and Christmas Presence (Union Theatre), co-writing a musical, Ovid's Transformations (Waterfront Hall, Belfast) and a new play Stoned which is currently in development.
Film includes Happy Now? Flamenco Fever and Cleanskins and Madharasapattinam.
Television includes Cadfael, The Bill and Family Affairs
Sioned is also an exhibited oil painter.

THE PRESS ON DIRECTOR TIM STARK

The Press on director Tim Stark
On Rafts and Dreams

"There's a stage poetry and magnificence about these plays that is strangely humbling." ★★★★  Four Stars, Lynne Walker, The Independent

"There are gleaming performances, a play of desperate optimism and desperate despair." ★★★★ Four Stars, Lyn Gardner, The Guardian

"Darkly comic and immensely powerful." ★★★★ Four Stars, Jim Burke, Metro

"Tim Stark's fine production." ★★★★ Four Stars, Lyn Gardner, The Guardian

"Tim Stark directs with style and boldness." ★★★★ Four Stars, James Woodall, Financial Times on Mayhem

On Kurt and Sid
"Tim Stark directs a short, sharp production that finds all the play’s wit and humanity.” ★★★★ Four Stars, Charles Spencer, The Telegraph

"It takes just two stunning actors, Shaun Evans and Danny Dyer, to bring back two rock legends.” ★★★★ Four Stars, Mark Shenton, Sunday Express

 "Tim Stark's fine production, which reeks of testosterone and aggression.” ★★★★ Four Stars, Nicholas de Jongh, Evening Standard on Twisted

"A gripping interrogation of idealism, pragmatism and demagoguery, replete with enough sassy one-liners to fuel an entire series of Mad Men.” ★★★★ Four Stars, Andrzej Lukowski, Time Out on The Last Pilgrim

 

TICKETS AND TIMES

Tuesday, 30 October – Saturday, 24 November 2012

Tuesday to Saturday Evenings at 7.30pm.
Sunday Matinees at 3.00pm.
Saturday Matinees 3.00pm (from 10 November 2012).

Performance Length: Approximately 70 minutes.

30 October - 11 November 2012

Tickets £14, £10 concessions

except Tuesday Evenings £10 all seats, and Saturday evenings £14 all seats.
Previews (30 and 31 October) £9 all seats.

£6 tickets for Under 30’s for performances from Tuesday to Sunday of the first week when booked online only.

£10 tickets for residents of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea on Saturday, 3 November 2012 when booked online only.

13-24 November 2012

Tickets £16, £12 concessions

except Tuesday Evenings £12 all seats, and Saturday evenings £16 all seats.

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Directed by Tim Stark

Designed by Fly Davis

Lighting Design by Dani Bish

Sound Design by Mark Dunne

Costume Design by Sarah Dicks

Presented by Esther Nissard for B29 Productions in association with Neil McPherson for the Finborough Theatre

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VICTOR ALLI by Paul Barrass

VICTOR ALLI

DAMSON IDRIS

DAMSON IDRIS 

SIONED JONES by Joel Sams

SIONED JONES 

AYSHA KALA

AYSHA KALA

KATHERINE ROSE MORLEY

KATHERINE ROSE MORLEY 

KATHERINE ROSE MORLEY

 LUCY EATON