The RADA Festival 2018 runs from 27 June to 7 July, inviting graduates to present their work. We catch up with writer & director Tom Edward-Kane, bringing Billy Mason 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 Billy Mason, which plays at RADA Festival from 27 – 29 June 2018. We caught up with writer, director & cast member Tom Edward-Kane:

Describe Billy Mason in three words.

‘A Musical Tragedy.’

Is this your first RADA Festival experience?

‘Yes. We are ready to give the audience a banging night.’

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

Gary Lagden‘s Fly Half sounds intriguing; As a director, he is wonderfully creative and moving – I believe a story he has written would be one not to miss.’

Who or what are your inspirations?

‘The answer is twofold. For the show I have been heavily influenced by great musicians and rappers – Tom Waits, Dorothy Ashby, Gil Scott-Heron, John Martyn, Cella Dwellas, Lord Finesse… The story itself would be indebted to wonderfully confronting films as Nil By Mouth, Made In Britain, This Is England and Naked.

‘For the job itself – acting or anything creative – finding a leg to stand on can be hellaciously difficult. However, I take comfort in the sight of my close friends flitting across the lily-pads of the industry; it reminds me that the universe has some taste. Besides that: reading, writing and gardening.’

What are the future plans for Billy Mason?

‘My dream for this show is to get as many people as possible to hear it. The story is important and to give it the respect of a proper run at a theatre is all I can hope for.’

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

Hamlet at The Globe, without a doubt mate. Michelle Terry took a character worn ragged by many, dusted it off, and made every second count. It was the simplicity that threw me; a testament to the power of theatre.’

Is there anything else you want to highlight about Billy Mason?

‘The show will be a mixture of musical numbers, verses and atmospheric scenes created with sound.’



Writer & Director: Tom Edward-Kane

Musicians: Philip Rasheigh; Matthew Loderick; Tim Miller; Monica Vignoly; Philippa Quinn; Cameron Jack; Gabriele Pollina

Cast: Tom Edward-Kane; Mark Chiu; Evelyn Oyedokun

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