The RADA Festival 2018 runs from 27 June to 7 July, inviting graduates to present their work. We catch up with writer Christopher Adams, bringing Overheard 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 Overheard, which plays at RADA Festival from 27 – 28 June 2018. We caught up with writer Christopher Adams:

Describe Overheard in three words.

‘#OverheardinLondon #IRL #WTF.’

Is this your first RADA Festival experience?

‘Yep! I’m feeling really excited about bringing the show back and making it better than ever. We’ve already had two sell-out shows (The Bunker and The Rosemary Branch), and we’ve got brand new overheard conversations to bring back to life, including a new favourite of mine. I’ve also brought in two directors to bring new perspectives about how to best recreate all the weird and wonderful things you hear out and about.’

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

‘New Public are one of the companies headlining the Festival with Lucid and they make the most thrilling physical theatre, so I can’t wait to see what they do with everything that the RADA Festival offers.’

Who or what are your inspirations?

‘Working with my collaborators is the best part of making the show. We start exploring each new text by opening up the possible contexts and casting rather than trying to recreate it exactly as it happened. They always offer the most brilliant interpretations and it makes my job so much easier when they give so many surprising and revelatory ideas and characterisations.

‘Second, it’s just the things you hear in London, which constantly offers new material. We only record conversations that happen both in public and in a very public way – the ones you just can’t help but hear even if you’ve got your headphones in. Mini plays are happening around us all the time and it’s just much more entertaining and surprising to pay attention to what’s going on right in front of you.’

What are the future plans for Overheard?

‘As much as I love the show being in the theatre, I think it’s perfect for TV. TV producers, please come!’

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

‘It was a little over the timeframe here, but Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf had the most stunning performance by Imelda Staunton. She was riveting for three hours and displayed such raw and ugly emotions as well as being effortlessly watchable and compelling. A complete inspiration.’

Is there anything else you want to highlight about Overheard?

‘Two Lovers on a Bus:

1: I can clean your nails for you tonight. It will be fun.

2: It doesn’t sound like fun.

1: Like me more.’



Writer: Christopher Adams

Director: Jessica Lazar; Phillip Rouse; Christopher Adams

Cast: Christopher Adams; Aurora Burghart; Louisa Hollway; Alexander Jeremy; Florence Roberts; Jamie Seymour; Sam Thorpe-Spinks

Overheard runs at the RADA Festival 2018 from 27 – 28 June 2018. For further information, please visit the venue website.