The RADA Festival 2018 runs from 27 June to 7 July, inviting graduates to present their work. We catch up with writer & director Kate Tiernan, bringing Freight 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 Freight, which plays at RADA Festival on 28 June and 4 July 2018. We caught up with writer & director Kate Tiernan:

Describe Freight in three words.

‘Fierce, Lyrical, Frame.’

Is this your first RADA Festival experience?

‘Yes and I’m incredibly nervious, but also very excited!’

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

‘So much great work programmed! Graceful by Hayley Ricketson – I saw a snippet of this play when it was being written. Delete by Nina Millns and Lucid by New Public.’

Who or what are your inspirations?

‘Romeo Castellucci, Es Devlin, Ludwig Wittgenstein, Francesca Stern Woodman, Janet Cardiff, Verbatim, August Sander, John Talabot, God. The power for theatre to influence a collective to engage with the complexity of being human through visual and emotional language.’

What are the future plans for Freight?

‘We would love to have a run in Autumn, later this year and hopefully the journey will continue with more people having the opportunity to see Freight in London and Wales. Having previously directed a show in New York I’d love to take Freight out to USA or Canada!’

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

John at the National – after loving Flick last year I was worried it wouldn’t be as good, but it really didn’t disappoint!’

Is there anything else you want to highlight about your show/ theatre company/production?

‘We have tried to go beyond the traditional boundaries of what design can be on the stage and in the space of a theatre. We want to highlight the frame we look through on a daily basis, whether it’s a glass screen on our phone or a frame of expectation and etiquette. As a company we’ve created heightened naturalism on the edge of a dystopian future. It’s an exploration of willpower and what is concealed or revealed when put to the test through enduring this claustrophobic carriage.’


Writer & Director: Kate Tiernan

Performers: Ellie Jackson + Anyebe Goodwin

Freight plays the RADA Festival 2018 on 28 June and 4 July 2018. For further information, please visit the venue website.