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In London’s (Off) West End 2019: RADA Festival 2019

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LONDON – Bringing together an eclectic mix of theatremakers, from artists to writers, directors to practitioners, the annual RADA (Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts) Festival returns from 26th June to 6th July to provide a platform for emerging talent, new collaborations, and fierce, inspirational projects that challenge the social and political.

As a festival that promotes collaboration and co-creation, the RADA Festival champions experimentation and exploration, with the school’s students, graduates and their networks join up with practitioners from across the industry and beyond to present a broad programme encapsulating the modern, collective contemporary experience.

This year’s festival sees a brand new series titled Five Plays in Five Days, where audiences will be treated to brand new play readings from a breadth of emerging voices. Making sure that this programme is accessible to all, admission to the readings operate on a Pay What You Can basis, available both online and in person at the RADA box office. Other plays will be making their premiere at various venues, from the Gielgud Theatre to the RADA Studios. From mental health in physical theatre piece Tiger Under The Skin, to a queer, feminist reinterpretation of Ovid’s Metamorphoses in Myth Independent, to a staged reading of celebrated playwright Caryl Churchill’s Escaped Alone, the programmes of RADA Festival 2019 are varied and bold, offering exciting voices that promise to shake up the norm and unveil the promising talents of tomorrow.

The Festival will also be offering a workshop by physical theatre company New Public, who will be bringing their production Transformations to the Festival. Held on 26th June, 10am, this dynamic movement workshop will explore physical transformation techniques, ensemble and partnering work with an experimental company of RADA’s MA Theatre Lab graduates.

And when you need a break, quite simply, head on over to the RADA Bar, where visual artist Paul Westcombe returns with Some Say Oil Acorn Fatty Gears, a new multidisciplinary installation combining painting and drawing work with theatrical elements, including a video projection of a recorded opera performance. This installation will be available throughout the festival for all to view and admire, while the bar itself will act as a space to network discuss works, and quite simply, mingle with fellow practitioners or audience members equally interested in the arts.

Photo credit: Sarah Hickson

The 2019 RADA Festival runs from 26th June to 6th July 2019 at various locations. For more information and the full programme, visit their website here

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