The RADA Festival 2018 runs from 27 June to 7 July, inviting graduates to present their work. We catch up with writer & performer Jim Tavaré, bringing From Deadpan To Bedpan 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 From Deadpan To Bedpan, which plays at RADA Festival on 5 July 2018. We caught up with writer & performer Jim Tavaré:

Describe From Deadpan To Bedpan in three words.

‘Survival Against Odds.’

Is this your first RADA Festival experience?

‘RADA experience, no – I was a student in its hallowed halls many years ago. But the RADA Festival is a first for me. I’m actually very excited and looking forward to it. I don’t usually get excited for my shows but this one is special for me in all kinds of ways…’

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

‘I’m looking forward to meeting up with friends and family since I now live in LA and don’t get back nearly enough. I’d like to be able to see some other shows whilst I’m there too. The line-up is inspiring. You are bound to find something to cater for most tastes. I will see what grabs my fancy and (if there’s tickets left) I will be there.’

Who or what are your inspirations?

‘I wasn’t planning on writing a show at all. My acting career was going pretty well in LA. My work consists largely of film and lately I’d been in a few commercials, so life was looking good until my accident…

‘A near fatal car crash in the Hollywood Hills left me severely injured with not a very good prognosis.

‘During my recovery I couldn’t use my arms so writing was impossible. Gradually a degree of normality returned and I was able to write down my feelings about what happened. It wasn’t long before I had a juggernaut of a first draft that practically wrote itself.

‘That’s where Henry Normal came in and gave the show some much needed direction.

‘So in this case I’ve been inspired by life’s lemons that were unexpectedly thrown in my face.’

What are the future plans for From Deadpan To Bedpan?

‘I plan to take From Deadpan to Bedpan to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. After that I hope to tour and to make it into a book.’

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

‘I can’t say I have been out of my house in the last year, let alone go to the theatre. The debut of From Deadpan to Bedpan marks my first foray into the wide world since my accident and boy does it feel good (insert James Brown riff here).’



Writer & Performer: Jim Tavaré

Director: Henry Normal

From Deadpan To Bedpan runs at the RADA Festival 2018 on 5 July 2018. For further information, please visit the venue website.