The RADA Festival 2018 runs from 27 June to 7 July, inviting graduates to present their work. We catch up with Flugelman Productions, bringing Graceful 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 Graceful, which plays at RADA Festival on 2 July 2018. We caught up with theatre company Flugelman Productions:

Describe Graceful in three words.

‘Provocative, revealing, complex.’

Is this your first RADA Festival experience?

‘No – Flugelman Productions produced The Poetry We Make by Jaswinder Blackwell-Pal last year, which came from Brighton Fringe and then went on to VAULT Festival 2018. That show was about love and gender.’

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

Freight by Kate Tiernan. Lucid by New Public. Joy – a post coitus concert by Dina Gordon.’

Who or what are your inspirations?

Edwina: ‘Inspiring women who strike out and get their voices heard despite the challenges they come up against, who are themselves totally and absolutely, for example courageous contemporary women like Yassmin Abdel-Magied and theatre makers like Winsome Pinnock.

Hayley: ‘Generic as it sounds, the people I meet, the people I love and the world around me inspire me all the time. Also when I – or we – spend so much time online and in front of screens, live performance is so exciting and so necessary.’

What are the future plans for Graceful?

‘We’d love to do a longer run in a London venue to get this complex story heard.’

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

Notes from the field at the Royal Court – just saw it last night! So powerful, so impressive, so moving. Pieces like that remind me why I love theatre and why I think it’s such a powerful medium.’

Is there anything else you want to highlight about Graceful?

Graceful opens the can of worms that is complex manifestations of desire and lays it bare across the stage. It is a play about women and their desire, their love – in 2018, post-Weinstein, in the midst of the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements, it’s time to give rise to a space where women can reclaim their bodies and their sexuality. Let’s celebrate a sexuality that is active and complex and one that women can claim as their own.

‘It is the time to open our wounds, celebrate our scars and find a way forward.’

 

 

Writer: Hayley Ricketson

Director: Mike Cottrell

Producer: Edwina Strobl & Hayley Ricketson for Flugelman Productions

Cast: Asha Reid; Rosie Ward; Catherine Brown; Chloe Astleford

Graceful runs at the RADA Festival 2018 on 2 July 2018. For further information, please visit the venue website.