The RADA Festival 2018 runs from 27 June to 7 July, inviting graduates to present their work. We catch up with writer & performer Bethan Cullinane, bringing Salt 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 Salt, which plays at RADA Festival on 4 July 2018. We caught up with writer & performer Bethan Cullinane:

Describe Salt in three words.

‘Home. Love. Loss.’

Is this your first RADA Festival experience?

‘I performed in Young Bloods by Robin Morrissey and Oliver Johnstone in 2015. Robin’s new play The Docks is on this year at the Festival. Go and see it! He’s brilliant. However, this is the first time I have performed my own writing at the festival and I am very excited about that. It’s amazing to have all of the creative and technical support. I have been working with a dramaturg and RADA graduate, Mary Davies, who has been brilliant. She is Welsh too, so that helps. (Salt is set in Wales!).’

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

‘Definitely The Docks by Robin Morrissey and Fly Half by Gary Lagden.’

Who or what are your inspirations?

‘I’m driven by the people around me. I’m lucky enough to be surrounded by an absurd amount of talented people. People who create their own work, run their own workshops, play readings, start their own theatre companies, etc, etc, etc! It’s very inspiring and it’s a constant reminder that you can make things happen yourself. If others are doing it, why can’t you?’

What are the future plans for Salt?

‘I’d love to keep developing it. I’ve found it very hard to stop writing. People talk about how a good artist knows when to stop adding paint to the picture. I hope I’m a good artist, but I really want to add more paint! And glitter! And googly eyes! Maybe not that much, but I’m enjoying the process so much that I don’t want to stop. I’d love to take it to the Soho, and also to a couple of small theatres in Wales. It’s about a girl who’s been away from her hometown for a long time so I think that it will speak to people in London as much as it can to people in Wales.’

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

The Writer at the Almeida was exceptional. I saw it around the time I was writing Salt and it gave me the bravery to play with form and style without giving a ****. Salt is written in a style I have never attempted before. It’s very lyrical… Like the Welsh accent… So we will see how it goes.’


Writer & Performer: Bethan Cullinane

Direct0r: Maia Alexander

Salt runs at the RADA Festival 2018 on 4 July 2018. For further information, please visit the venue website.