The RADA Festival 2018 runs from 27 June to 7 July, inviting graduates to present their work. We catch up with writers & performers Verity Kirk & Ingrid Schiller, bringing Nor Woman Neither 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 Nor Woman Neither, which plays at RADA Festival on 5 July 2018. We caught up with writers & performers Verity Kirk and Ingrid Schiller:

Describe Nor Woman Neither in three words.

‘Women, Power, Search.’

Is this your first RADA Festival experience?

‘No – we took part in a production called Post.Human in 2014. It was directed by Martin Oelbermann, and we were devising, writing and acting with other students from our year at RADA. It was a really mad, ballsy look into the future of technology in the world today, and how it’s affecting our lives. It’s interesting to recognise that in the four years since we’ve performed it, so much of what we discussed and raised in the show is even more pertinent. Post.Human was drastically different to Nor Woman Neither, which is a slightly forensic investigation of a woman’s life as she grows up. Post-Human had singing, dancing, us running around, improvising one scene every night. So it’s scary and exciting to be doing something so very different.’

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

‘We’re excited to see contemporaries of ours from RADA, Bethan Cullinane, Milli Prus and Robin Morrissey who are all really good actors. It will be cool to see them doing some of their original stuff now! Hope we’ll have time to see them all…’

Who or what are your inspirations?

Verity: ‘I’m really encouraged by how many different voices are suddenly being recognised within theatre, and how it seems to be awakening itself to that. It’s always so exciting when you hear or see anything original that feels genuine.’

Ingrid: ‘Absolutely. I also think we are living in a real “Wake up and rattle the chains” moment, so there is so much around right now in politics and the general Zeitgeist that gives inspiration.’

What are the future plans for Nor Woman Neither?

Verity: ‘I’m really looking forward to seeing how an audience responds. Whether they find it difficult,funny, or controversial and seeing what is the most overwhelming response to it?’

Ingrid: ‘Working with Verity and Steve has been a real treat. I would love to take this elsewhere and see how it evolves.’

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

Verity: ‘I went with my Dad to see Tristan and Isolde on a really hot summer night last year and it was just nuts. Made you feel all the feelings. My Dad and I cried at the end as Wagner filled The Globe. I also went to see Hamilton see my sister, and you feel like you’re being propelled back in your seats with the force of what that cast can do.’

Ingrid: ‘Something that has stuck with me from last year’s RADA Festival was Drip Feed by Karen Kogan. She’ll be performing it at Edinburgh and the Soho Theatre soon – I highly recommend seeing it.’

Is there anything else you want to highlight about Nor Woman Neither?

Nor Woman Neither is about something we have talked about since we met eight years ago: the imbalances in society towards women and how they show themselves visibly in our industry. For example, women’s size, age, beauty and the number and kind of parts available to them on stage and screen. This showed itself most when we had to write a duologue for ourselves in 2013 for our showcase at RADA – we just couldn’t find something suitable we both liked for two young woman, because pickings were so slim. We have aimed for a show that rectifies that and have tried to create something interesting, funny, from our hearts and controversial. Our director Stephen’s input and ideas have helped it to develop even more and now we’re really excited to share it.’

 

 

Writers & Performers: Verity Kirk; Ingrid Schiller

Direct0r: Stephen Doolan

Producer: KILLER SCHIRK!

Nor Woman Neither runs at the RADA Festival 2018 on 5 July 2018. For further information, please visit the venue website.