The RADA Festival 2018 runs from 27 June to 7 July, inviting graduates to present their work. We catch up with writer Gregory Forrest & director Harriet Taylor, bringing dominion 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 dominion, which plays at RADA Festival from 30 June – 7 July 2018. We caught up with writer Gregory Forrest and director Harriet Taylor:

Describe dominion in three words.

‘Sexy. Scary. Unexpected.’

Is this your first RADA Festival experience?

‘Yes – and we’re loving it! We’ve been able to draw from an amazing pool of talent to cast and create dominion. Our company is comprised of graduates from the BA Acting, MA Theatre Lab, and MA Text and Performance courses. Everyone is bringing something unique to the table, and that collaboration really boosts the show. Just yesterday we were working with a fight choreographer on our sex scenes. That should give you a taste of what’s to come…’

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

Meiwes/Brandes, a genderqueer semi-verbatim musical about fetishised cannibalism, practically invents a new genre in front of your eyes. Then, if you’re worn out from all this sex, check out post-coital concert JOY. It’s poetic, it’s weird, and it’s coming for your penguin classics.’

Who or what are your inspirations?

‘This might sound like a cliche, but we’re trying to get to the bottom of human nature with this play. That means our inspirations are really diverse: from the psychology of people around us, to the plays we’ve seen, to secrets we’d rather keep to ourselves. We’ve started to whisper these secrets in rehearsal, and putting them on stage is going to be terrifying. And the biggest thrill.’

What are the future plans for dominion?

‘RADA Festival is absolutely our launch pad. We want as many people to see this show as possible, and are currently working on ways to make that happen. It’s already being refined by the pressure-process of the festival, and moving forward we can’t wait to see where the show goes. Watch this space!’

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

An Octoroon, which is currently running at the National Theatre having transferred from the Orange Tree Theatre. It takes subject matters like race and history and attacks them from every angle imaginable. The result is a play that’s scary, self-referential, melodramatic, accusatory, conciliatory, completely hilarious, and deserves all the praise that has been sent its way. Get a ticket!’

Is there anything else you want to highlight about dominion?

‘Kinky sex is so twisted in cultural discourse right now. We want to disrupt that. dominion interrogates sexual politics in a way that’s funny, honest, and a bit frightening. It’s also a big f**k you to fifty shades and all the hetero-bullsh*t misogyny that comes with that. Our play is written entirely without gender pronouns and is truly queer at heart. On that note, it just so happens that our final show at RADA is on the 7 July: London Pride! If you want to celebrate and support LGBT+ theatre, come down to the Gielgud Theatre for 9pm. Facepaint and crop tops strongly encouraged. Afterwards we’re Soho bound!’



Writer: Gregory Forrest

Director: Harriet Taylor

Cast: Joshua Fish; Sasha Kane

dominion runs at the RADA Festival 2018 from 30 June – 7 July 2018. For further information, please visit the venue website.