mixed brainsummer 2017 #mixedbrain
“One day we were playing football. One kid shouts ‘let’s do black v white’. My heart starts beating hoping someone dusts this dumb idea off. All the white kids go to one side, all the black kids go to the other, I try slip off. Another kid yells: ‘Nathan what team will you be on? You’re mixed…”
Star of Benidorm, writer for Rastamouse, 50% Jamaican, 50% British, 100% reppin’ Shepherd’s Bush. Nathan Bryon is many things. Mixed.
Welcome to his world. Part story, part stand-up, a show fusing Afro-Caribbean flair and British awkwardness in a searing, searching exploration of what it means to be mixed-race and mixed-experience today.
If you live in the middle does anywhere feel like home? Get in the mix. Learn a little, live a little, laugh a lot.
A tiata fahodzi and Paines Plough production.
Cast & Creative
amelia jane-hankin trained at RADA and the RSC. Current design credits include, PowerPlay (Hampton Court Palace) and The Scar Test (Soho Theatre). Recent design credits include, Punts (Theatre 503); Natives (Southwark Playhouse); good dog (tiata fahodzi and Watford Palace Theatre, UK tour); The Same Deep Water As Me (Guildhall); Rudolf (West Yorkshire Playhouse); The Crucible (Guildhall); Torch (Edinburgh Festival); We Are You (Young Vic); bricks and pieces (tiata fahodzi, RADA), The Neighbourhood Project (Bush Theatre); This is Art (Shakespeare in Shoreditch); The Tiger’s Bones (Polka and West Yorkshire Playhouse); The Little Prince (Arcola Theatre); Pinter Triple Bill, Dealer’s Choice (Guildhall); Night Before Christmas (West Yorkshire Playhouse); She Called Me Mother (Tara Arts, UK tour); Fake It ’Til You Make It (Traverse Theatre and Soho Theatre, UK tour); and 64 Squares with Rhum and Clay (Edinburgh Festival). Amelia’s designs for The Itinerant Music Hall were exhibited at the V&A Museum as part of the MAKE/BELIEVE UK Design for Performance exhibition July – January 2016.
anastasia osei-kuffour trained as a director through the Young Vic Directors Programme. Direction includes: Footprints On The Moon (Finborough Theatre); An Adventure (Bush Theatre); Cell (The Young Vic); Here Comes The Bride (Black Lives Black Words at the Bush Theatre); All The Ways to Say Goodbye (The Young Vic); Hosea’s Girl (Talawa Studio Firsts); Dishonour, You Know That I’ll Be Back, Universally Speaking (Theatre 503); Pushers (Etcetera Theatre).
Assistant Direction includes: Macbeth, Romeo and Juliet (National Theatre, Stratford Circus and Schools Tour); Cuttin’ It– as part of the Young Vic’s Jerwood Assistant Director Programme; supported by the Jerwood Charitable Foundation (Young Vic, Royal Court Theatre, Birmingham REP, Sheffield Theatres and The Yard Theatre); Three Generations of Women (Greenwich Theatre); Plaques and Tangles (Royal Court Theatre); Idomeneus (Gate Theatre); Henry the Fifth (Unicorn Theatre); and – as Boris Karloff Trainee Assistant Director – A Doll’s House (Young Vic).
annie-lunette deakin-foster is a contemporary dance theatre Choreographer, Rehearsal Director, Movement Director and Teacher. Since 2005, she has been working within the dance sector, by way of teaching, performing, choreographing, creating production concepts, as well as assisting well known choreographers in the field and establishing her own contemporary dance theatre company. Having graduated from Middlesex University in 2005 with a Bachelor’s degree in Dance with Performing Arts, she went on to become a co-founder and Artistic Director of award winning company, C-12 Dance Theatre, where she is currently on leave on a creative sabbatical. She is currently a Fellow on the 2016-2017 programme, The Bench an initiative for female choreographers in the UK run by 2Faced Dance Company, and an Associate Choreographer for Emma Rice’s production of The Little Match Girl and Other Happier Tales at Shakespeare’s Globe as part of the WONDER Noir Winter Season 2016-2017.
martha mamo studied Stage Management at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. Stage Management credits include: Measure for Measure, Heresy Of Love, Boris Godunov, Antony and Cleopatra, The Shoemakers Holiday (RSC); Way Upstream, Running Wild (Chichester Festival Theatre); Realism, Mongrel Island (Soho Theatre); Egusi Soup (Menagerie Theatre); The Pride, A Miracle, Peckham Soap Opera Revival (Royal Court); The Painter (Arcola Theatre); Boy On A Swing (Arcola Theatre and Nabokov); Parade (Donmar Warehouse); Kursk UK Tour (Sound and Fury and Young Vic); Light Shining on Buckinghamshire (Strawberry Vale and Arcola); One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest UK Tour (NiMax); Forget Me Not, Neighbours (Hightide Theatre). Prop Supervisor Credits: Hamlet, The Alchemist, King Lear, The Tempest, Antony and Cleopatra (RSC 2016/17).
natalie ibu is the Artistic Director of tiata fahodzi. For the company, directing credits include good dog, bricks and pieces, i know all the secrets in my world, tiata delights 15, here and mango. Other directing credits include readings and productions at the Riverside Studios, Young Vic, Lyric, Southwark Playhouse, Southbank Centre, Jersey Arts Trust, The Old Vic Tunnels, Theatre503, The Gate, Latitude, HighTide, BAC, Oran Mor, Traverse, Royal Court, ATC at the Young Vic, OVNV at The Old Vic, Waterloo East and The Vineyard Theatre in New York, Royal Lyceum Theatre, Citizens’, The Arches, Contact and Nottingham Playhouse. Residencies include New York Theatre Workshop, the National Theatre Studio, Royal Shakespeare Company, Royal Court, Citizens’ Theatre and Contact. She has been awarded bursaries from Regional Theatre Young Director Scheme, the Federation of Scottish Theatre, Scottish Arts Council and Arts Council East Midlands. Awards include Dewar Arts Award for Exceptional Artists Under 30, Time Warner Ignite 2, IdeasTap Innovator’s Award and the Lilian Baylis Award for Theatrical Excellence.
nathan bryon is a writer and actor, who grew up eating as much Uxbridge Road Caribbean food as his bank balance would allow. He is best known to viewers for his role as regular character Jamie in Some Girls and Benidorm‘s sunniest holiday maker, Joey.
Nathan has written for critically acclaimed Cbeebies’ animation Rastamouse, BAFTA award winning Swashbuckle and Apple Tree House soon to be seen on Cbeebies. Nathan currently has his cartoon series, Afro Kid, about a boy with Afro super powers, being considered by major broadcasters.
Earlier this year Nathan’s first radio play Bilal’s Birthday was produced in New York by Naked Radio and Paines Plough, Nathan was the writer in residence at Paines Plough for 2015 and had a short play of his performed in Barcelona. Bossman, Nathan’s latest short film about an intergalactic fried chicken shop has won awards in Berlin and Romania, it has been screened In New York and been offered a distribution deal.
Nathan won the Tim Bevan Award at the BFI and got a scholarship to attend the Screen Art’s institute, who are developing his feature film Unhealthy Competition, a buddy movie cancer comedy.
nathan bryon is a Writer and Actor, who grew up eating as much Uxbridge Road Caribbean food as his bank balance would allow. He is best known to viewers for his role as regular character Jamie in Some Girls and Benidorm‘s sunniest holiday maker, Joey. Nathan has written for critically acclaimed Cbeebies’ animation Rastamouse, BAFTA award winning Swashbuckle and Apple Tree House soon to be seen on Cbeebies. Nathan currently has his cartoon series, Afro Kid, about a boy with Afro super powers, being considered by major broadcasters. Earlier this year Nathan’s first radio play Bilal’s Birthday was produced in New York by Naked Radio and Paines Plough, Nathan was the writer in residence at Paines Plough for 2015 and had a short play of his performed in Barcelona. Bossman, Nathan’s latest short film about an intergalactic fried chicken shop has won awards in Berlin and Romania, it has been screened In New York and been offered a distribution deal. Nathan won the Tim Bevan Award at the BFI and got a scholarship to attend the Screen Art’s institute, who are developing his feature film Unhealthy Competition, a buddy movie cancer comedy.
paines plough is the UK’s national theatre of new plays. The company commissions and produces the best playwrights and tours their plays far and wide. Whether you’re in Liverpool or Lyme Regis, Scarborough or Southampton, a Paines Plough show is coming to a theatre near you soon.
Paines Plough was formed in 1974 over a pint of Paines bitter in the Plough pub. Since then they’ve produced more than 130 new productions by world renowned playwrights like Stephen Jeffreys, Abi Morgan, Sarah Kane, Mark Ravenhill, Dennis Kelly and Mike Bartlett.
In 2016, Paines Plough visited 77 places across the UK and toured internationally to three continents.
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|17-19 August||Roundabout, Edinburgh||Book Now|