The RADA Festival 2018 runs from 27 June to 7 July, inviting graduates to present their work. We catch up with writer & director Colleen Prendergast, bringing 2022 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 2022, which plays at RADA Festival from 28 June – 2 July 2018. We caught up with writer & director Colleen Prendergast:

Describe 2022 in three words.

‘Funny, dark, topical.’

Is this your first RADA Festival experience?

‘Yes – we are really excited!’

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

Nina MillnsDELETE – it was featured at a couple of the same scratch nights as 2022 and looks fantastic. Marianne Elliot‘s talk is set to be amazing – but most of all, Fly Half, by my old RADA contemporary Gary Lagden.’

Who or what are your inspirations?

‘Honestly, my old youth theatre NTYT in North Tyneside was an incredible springboard – now sadly defunct but very important to its alumni. And Actor Awareness are a wonderful team who do so much to support new writing and creatives.’

What are the future plans for 2022?

‘We’d ideally love to take the show to the Edinburgh Festival – it’s such a topical piece, we’d like to get it out there.’

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

Emma Rice‘s Brief Encounter is just as good now as it was ten years ago – romantic, funny, accessible, sexy.’

Is there anything else you want to highlight about 2022?

2022 is about where we could be headed as a nation – if you have strong views one or the other on immigration, nationalism, terrorism, Brexit, or if you just want a tight hour of theatre and a good discussion in the bar afterwards – this is the one for you!’



Writer & Director: Colleen Prendergast

Producer: Juice Box Productions

Cast: Lauren Santana; Deborah Wastell; Richard Innocent

2022 runs at the RADA Festival 2018 from 28 June – 2 July 2018. For further information, please visit the venue website.