The RADA Festival 2018 runs from 27 June to 7 July, inviting graduates to present their work. We catch up with writer Natalia Rossetti, bringing Always Right There to the festival this year:

Now in its 7th year, the RADA Festival 2018 celebrates the work of its past graduates with a ten-day programme of theatre, installations and discussions. That’s ten days that centre around the school and its network of contacts, ten days of individuals who have learnt their craft in those hallowed halls, who return to take creative risks, extend their work into new territories and experiment with telling stories in unexpected ways.

Here at Miro Magazine, we are always on the lookout for the next generation of theatremaker, so where better to look than at a set of graduate artists? Throughout the festival, we will be profiling some of the companies and people bringing along their work, seeking feedback and hoping to expand their own networks through the common link of their alma mater.

RADA Festival 2018

First up in our Spotlight feature is the first of the three flagship shows, Always Right There, playing at RADA Festival from 29 June – 7 July 2018. We caught up with writer Natalia Rossetti:

Describe Always Right There in three words.

‘Every woman knows.’

Is this your first RADA Festival experience?

‘No, a shorter version of this piece was performed to a sold-audience for one night only at last year’s festival, in the studio space. It was the same play, under a different title: Tolerable But Pungent (Disgust With Oneself). This year’s script has some changes, is longer, and has an extra character. And more spin bikes!’

Who else are you most looking forward to seeing while at the RADA Festival?

‘I take part in a writing group at RADA, and several of my classmates developed pieces during our sessions that are going to be on this year. I can’t wait to see them because I feel I was part of their growth.’

Who or what are your inspirations?

‘All the women who shared their stories with me while I was writing this play are absolutely inspirational. And just women and girls in general. When I’m not playwriting I work full time for a girls’ mentoring charity. I want a different world for the hundreds of girls I work with, and for all young women, and writing this piece about women’s experience of sexual harassment and the effect this has on their relationship to their bodies was a first step in trying to start or contribute to the conversation. I’m also always inspired by funny women, and want to see more funny women take the stage.’

What are the future plans for Always Right There?

‘The dream is that as many people as possible can get to see it, and that it continues to open up opportunities for paid work for the brilliant cast. We’re all about the fringe and about accessible theatre, so we hope that a small theatre will take us on for an even longer run. We want lots of small audiences to experience the piece and we want to talk to them about it afterwards!’

What is the best production that you saw in the last 12 months?

‘I saw Phoenix Rising by The Big House, a charity/ theatre company that works with care leavers. It was in an underground car park, and followed the story of a young man leaving care and having to live on his own. The performances by the cast (all care leavers) were so heartbreakingly raw and the site specific/ promenade set-up really transported the audience. It was what theatre should be in my opinion: uncomfortable, raw, real and surreal.’

Is there anything else you want to highlight about Always Right There?

‘I’d like to highlight that we’re an all-female team and that even though the themes of the play are very much in line with #MeToo, it was written before the nuances of sexual harassment were on everyone’s mind: these stories have always existed and it’s the lesser shared, less ‘bad’ ones that Always Right There wants to tell and confront its audiences with. They might even be harder to hear because they implicate more people. I also want to highlight that when the play was performed last year, the audience spent most of it roaring with laughter! It might be hard to envisage, but in the midst of telling these stories, the characters bring a lot of dark humour to their conversations. Women are funny and Always Right There certainly sends that message.’

 

 

Writer: Natalia Rossetti

Director: Samara Gannon

Design: Christianna Mason

Cast: Hannah Powell; Lucy Dobson; Jenna Fincken;  Alex Reynolds; Leah Georges; Imani Jade Powers

Always Right There runs at the RADA Festival 2018 from 29 June – 7 July 2018. For further information, please visit the venue website.