The RADA Festival 2018 runs from 27 June to 7 July, inviting graduates to present their work. We catch up with writer Gary Lagden, bringing Fly Half 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

Next up in our Spotlight feature is Fly Half, which plays at RADA Festival from 27 – 29 June 2018. We caught up with writer Gary Lagden:

Describe Fly Half in three words.

‘Rugby. Family. Town.’

Is this your first RADA Festival experience?

‘Yes – we are really excited, we have finished rehearsals and are raring to share.’

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

Blonde by Adam Howell and Paul Hurt, directed by Cara Nolan, and Portrait by Stella Kammel.’

Who or what are your inspirations?

‘I really love the act of storytelling. Being able to look an audience in the the eye a share a tale. This is the first play I have written. I have found it challenging but rewarding. The unswerving support of Geoff Bullen (director), Gareth Moulton (musician/ composer) and Jayne Williams (producer) meant that from the first moment we decided to embark on the journey I have had such creative fun.’

What are the future plans for Fly Half?

‘We opened the show last year at my beloved Aberavon Rugby Club and the response was great. Again we have been fortunate enough to have been funded by Arts Council England so after the festival we embark on a national tour of rugby clubs, pub theatres and theatres.’

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

Rotterdam at RADA with the final year BA students, directed by Joan Oliver. It was simply brilliant in all aspects. Moving, thought-provoking, funny and challenging. Kind of perfect.’

Is there anything else you want to highlight about Fly Half?

‘It’s the realisation of a creative conversation that Geoff and I have been having for over 20 years about the link between the working person, family, sport and theatre. As well as traditional venues we are all committed to bringing theatre into venues that may not necessarily have had it in the past.’



Writer: Gary Lagden

Director: Geoff Bullen

Composer: Gareth Moulton

Producer: Jayne Williams for Williams World Theatre Company

Cast: Gary Lagden; Gareth Moulton

Fly Half runs at the RADA Festival 2018 from 27 – 29 June 2018. For further information, please visit the venue website.