The RADA Festival 2018 runs from 27 June to 7 July, inviting graduates to present their work. We catch up with production company all good artists are dead, bringing JOY - a post coitus concert 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.

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Next up in our Spotlight feature is JOY – a post coitus concert, which plays at RADA Festival from 5 – 7 July 2018. We caught up with production company all good artists are dead:

Describe JOY – a post coitus concert in three words.

‘Anarchic, Erotic, Archaic.’

Is this your first RADA Festival experience?

‘Yes – we are excited. Having finished the MA in Text and Performance course just a year ago, Ella Gamble is super proud to bring back a production that enabled her to employ so much of what she learnt on the degree. JOY was first performed at a course scratch night and has since toured around London and internationally!’

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

dominion by Greg Forrest. If you really feel like indulging your dark side dominion and JOY make an excellent double bill. You can catch it at 21:00 on 7 July and then sidle over to Soho, Sanctum Hotel, for JOY’s grand finale performance at 22.30pm. And after that… well Saturday night in Soho!’

Who or what are your inspirations?

‘The creation of theatre is the manifestation of thought. It breaks through all barriers, be it legislative, social, economic, or political, nothing can be done to suffocate thought. The realm of ideas is yours. It is non negotiable. It is freedom. And we crave freedom so we keep going.’

What are the future plans for JOY – a post coitus concert?

‘We’d love to take this piece on a regional tour.’

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

The Late Shift by Forced Entertainment at Battersea Arts Centre. Forced Entertainment confirm to us that there is still an appetite for avant garde, unconventional theatre in its most honest form. They are a big inspiration.

‘Plus we can’t not shout out to Johnny Darlin’s Songs About Boys who we saw at the Prague Fringe. He’s a New York musician and he’s going to be huge.’

Is there anything else you want to highlight about JOY – a post coitus concert?

JOY – a post coitus concert, was developed through an exploration of Strindberg’s Miss Julie, in particular the moment Jean and Julie come back into the kitchen having just slept together. Through repetitive physical improvisation a distilled version of the actions of the play was achieved and when put together into a vocabulary, revealed a new script and a new theatrical aesthetic.

‘Dina wrote the new text JOY in four months and the work has become a living ritual. A live rave. An act of revenge. Industrial electronic music combines with old fashioned romance in a one woman theatrical spectacle!

all good artists are dead have had a busy year, having played to stunned audiences at VAULT festival, Prague Fringe and now RADA. In September we will take her to Norway for the Bergen Fringe Festival. All this comes after producer/director Ella Gamble finished up her degree at RADA with a distinction grade and winning the Oberon Prize for best play writing dissertation.

‘We are proud to present our work to new audiences and believe that anyone who is really interested in experimentation of theatrical form will want to catch JOY.’



Writer: Dina Gordon

Direct0r: Ella Gamble

Producer: all good artists are dead

Cast: Dina Gordon; Andrea Giordani

JOY – a post coitus concert runs at the RADA Festival 2018 from 5 – 7 July 2018. For further information, please visit the venue website.