The RADA Festival 2018 runs from 27 June to 7 July, inviting graduates to present their work. We catch up with writer Robin Morrissey, bringing The Docks 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 The Docks, which plays at RADA Festival on 27 June 2018. We caught up with writer Robin Morrissey:

Describe The Docks in three words.

‘Working Class Liverpool.’

Is this your first RADA Festival experience?

‘No, I wrote and acted in Young Bloods in 2015, an adaptation of a novel of the same name by Simon Scarrow about a fictitious meeting between Napoleon and Wellington.’

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

Hawk by Gabrielle Moleta, Knock Knock by Hot Coals Theatre and Salt by Bethan Cullinane (who also starred in Young Bloods in 2015.’

Who or what are your inspirations?

‘A lot of my inspiration comes from the place and people I grew around in Liverpool, the stories told and the sense of humour as well as the history of the city. All that has fed into The Docks. Both The Docks and Young Bloods were set in past centuries and at one point I thought about doing history in uni, so there’s something in that too.’

What are the future plans for The Docks?

‘It has got be to have it on in Liverpool at the Playhouse, with this dream of a cast.’

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

The Inheritance at the Young Vic really blew me away.’

Is there anything else you want to highlight about The Docks?

‘Just that I’m still pinching myself that I managed to get such a brilliant group of actors together to inhabit this world. From the first reading, it felt incredible to hear all these working class voices give life to the Docks of Liverpool over a hundred years ago.’



Writer: Robin Morrissey

Producer: Tiny Productions

Cast: Leanne Best; Dom Carter; Arthur McBain; Ellis Howard; Corinne Martin; Laura Morgan; Reg Edwards; Alan Francis; Toheeb Jimoh; Rebekah Hinds

The Docks runs at the RADA Festival 2018 on 27 June 2018. For further information, please visit the venue website.