The RADA Festival 2018 runs from 27 June to 7 July, inviting graduates to present their work. We catch up with writer & director Stella Kammel, bringing Portrait 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 Portrait, which plays at RADA Festival on 3 July 2018. We caught up with writer and director Stella Kammel:

Describe Portrait in three words.

‘Naturalistic. Funny. Raw.’

Is this your first RADA Festival experience?

‘Yes – I am very excited. I am in my final year of BA Acting at RADA, and it is wonderful to be collaborating with recent graduates, and fellow soon-to-be graduates whose work I deeply respect and love.’

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

‘That’s a hard question to answer! The beauty of the festival is that each play displays such varying and exciting styles of theatre. I will be seeing as many of these shows as I can get to, and I am drawn to them for reasons that are worlds apart.’

Who or what are your inspirations?

‘Plays that take a situation/ way of life that I thought I understood, and then proceed to change or open my perception within the duration of the play. I love leaving the theatre feeling as if I now see the world through different eyes.’

What are the future plans for Portrait?

‘Our play has a story that we think a lot of people will relate to. Our hope is that Portrait continues to be played so that it can reach people – empowering them, making them laugh, or just inciting conversations once they leave the theatre.’

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

Journey’s End at RADA. I am quite biased because the actors in this play are my close friends, but the way that the story, the set design, the direction, and the acting all melded together into a seemingly simple, but simultaneously intricate production touched me very deeply. I also walked away feeling like I could somehow relate to, or understand people who come from a world that I have never been a part of in my life.’

Is there anything else you want to highlight about Portrait?

Portrait is a window into a NYC apartment filled with love, humor, and anger. The play is as ‘naturalistic’ as they come, and we welcome you into our cozy Manhattan one bedroom.’



Writer & Director: Stella Kammel

Design: Courtney Kupferschmidt

Cast: Jasmin Hinds; Hal Geller; Eleanor de Rohan; Letty Thomas

Portrait runs at the RADA Festival 2018 on 3 July 2018. For further information, please visit the venue website.