The RADA Festival 2018 runs from 27 June to 7 July, inviting graduates to present their work. We catch up with the company bringing Meiwes/Brandes 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 Meiwes/Brandes, which plays at RADA Festival from 30 June – 3 July 2018. We caught up with the company:

Describe Meiwes/Brandes in three words.

‘Rare. Raw. Tender.’

Is this your first RADA Festival experience?

‘Yes, we’re feeling confident.’

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

‘We’re looking forward to seeing our fellow RADA Text and Performance graduates. We know that there is a lot of great work. Especially looking forward to seeing dominion, which was written by Greg Forrest and directed by Harriet Taylor. Two very talented people.’

Who or what are your inspirations?

‘The fear and drudgery of a 9 to 5. We could post rationalise until the cows come home but lets face it, we’re all here because it’s better than the alternative. Work for yourself, have a constant creative outlet and sleep until midday, what could be better!’

What are the future plans for Meiwes/Brandes?

‘This show is a one of a kind. We performed it at the Tristan Bates Theatre earlier in the year and the reviews were amazing. We have since developed the piece further and the combination of true crime, original music and disturbing verbatim material has been a combination which has given us real hope. We will take this further and it will become bigger. Broadway?’

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

‘I know I’m late to the party but I saw The Book of Mormon. I love a bit of irreverence and it was spot on.’

Is there anything else you want to highlight about Meiwes/Brandes?

‘It’s based on a true story. Armin Meiwes ate Berndt Brandes and we wrote a musical about it.’



Written & Performed by: Laura Dorn; Harriet Taylor; Aurora Richardson; Scott Howland

Meiwes/ Brandes runs at the RADA Festival 2018 from 30 June – 3 July 2018. For further information, please visit the venue website.