New Events Announced for Six Artists in Search of a Play

BY Almeida Theatre   May 11, 2021

Ebenezer Bamgboye, Atri Banerjee, Nastazja Domaradzka, Anthony Lau, Audrey Sheffield and Cherrelle Skeete present a programme of music, dance, readings and panel discussions to accompany the previously announced semi-staged readings as part of Six Artists in Search of a Play.

These events explore theatrical traditions from around the world, and will be performed to socially distanced audiences at the Almeida as well as made available digitally at a later date. Even more events will be announced soon.

Due to rights issues, the reading of Cao Yu's Thunderstorm will no longer take place. Instead, Anthony Lau will direct a semi-staged reading of Rescuing One's Sister in the Wind and Dust, adapted by Amy Ng, based on Zhao Pan'er Rescues a Sister Through Seduction by Guan Hanqing. More info

Mosaic Voices & Jewish Women in Theatre Panel
Thursday 20 May 7pm
A live performance by Mosaic Voices, a professional male a capella choir dedicated to performing new music from the Jewish tradition. Followed by a panel discussion addressing the place of women in Jewish theatre. More info

Six Artists in Search of a Play Panel & The Legacy of Chinese Theatre Panel
Saturday 22 May 2.30pm
Two panel events with the first including Ebenezer Bamgboye, Atri Banerjee, Nastazja Domaradzka, Anthony Lau, Audrey Sheffield and Cherrelle Skeete discussing their explorations into global theatrical traditions. The second event then considers what can today’s playwrights mine from the past and what will this mean for the future of Chinese theatre? More info

You Who Wronged & Polish Theatre and the Revolution Panel
Tuesday 25 May 7pm
Using Czesław Miłosz’s poem You Who Wronged, five creatives spend a day exploring the notion that it is artists’ responsibility to hold those in power accountable. The outcome will be shared in the form of an experimental performance. This will be followed by a discussion on how contemporary Polish directors view the role of theatre and their own role in society? More info

The Dilemma of a Ghost & A British West African “Voice” Panel
Saturday 29 May 7pm
A presentation of scenes from Ama Ata Aidoo's The Dilemma of a Ghost, the first ever published work by a female African dramatist. A panel then discuss if there is a British West African “voice” and how heritage influences contemporary makers. More info

Exploring the Voices of Caribbean Women
Tuesday 1 June 7pm
Through performances and panel discussion, this event brings to life the voices of Black Caribbean women. From Windrush to now, spanning genres and forms, we explore why these writers are so undercelebrated. How do we make them heard? And how do we reclaim their work to pass down to the next generation? More info

Hidden Fires
Saturday 5 June 7pm
A reading of Hidden Fires by Manjula Padmanabhan, one of India’s most prolific writers. The play is a raw, explosive monologue addressing the violence against India’s Muslim community during the 2002 Gujarat riots and our culpability in the face of violence and extremism. More info