Home Theatre (UK) 2015

 

After its huge success in 2013, Home Theatre (UK) returns to London on 17 October 2015. This is a bold and exciting international project which will see thirty new, one person shows performed simultaneously in thirty homes across London. Home Theatre (UK) has been developed with Brazilian partner Festival Internacional de Cenas em Casa and through generous funding from the Gulbenkian Foundation and the Gibbs Trust.

Once again, Theatre Royal Stratford East will select a cross section of 30 London residents (hosts), more than half of whom will not be regular theatre goers, to have a bespoke show performed for them by an artist in their home on the evening of Saturday 17 October 2015.  30 artists will also be recruited, with each one being paired up with a home.

During the week of the performance, the artists will take inspiration for their stories from the host of the home they will be performing at. On Saturday 17 October hosts will be encouraged to invite an audience of friends and family to see the performance, for free. After this, they will be asked to provide refreshments, over which thoughts and experiences can be shared about the performance.

Students from the Department of Film, Theatre & Television at the University of Reading are attached to each project as an Associate Artist, contributing to the development process and creating a strategy for filming the performance on the Saturday evening. The recordings of all 30 performances will then be broadcast on the Stratford East website on Saturday 31 October and Sunday 1 November.

This year, Home Theatre continues to expand both internationally and nationally, with the project also happening this autumn in Birmingham, via the Birmingham REP Theatre and South Africa via the State Theatre of South Africa.

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Below is the full Home Theatre (UK) 2015 broadcast line up. 

The broadcast will take place from 8am on Stratfordeast.tv

 

ANN AKIN

Ann Akin, is a professional actress, writer, choreographer, director and workshop facilitator. Some of Ann’s television appearances include: EastEnders (BBC1), Humans (C4), The Javone Prince Show (BBC2), You, me and the Apocalypse (SKY) and Law and Order UK (ITV).

From November 2010 till July 2013 she was Artistic Director and co founder of Vintage Star Productions, an award winning theatre company. She wrote, choreographed, directed and co produced their first production, Conversations with Love, which won Best Theatre Production and Best Writer at the 2011 BEFFTA awards.

Ann launched the LOST HARTS Young Company (LHYC)  in September 2012. Now funded by the Young Lambeth Coop, LHYC teaches term time weekly drama classes to young people aged 5-19. The success of Vintage Star propelled Ann's creative vision further into looking at theatre within an educational setting. This led to her setting up HARTS Theatre Company, which is a community interest company whose focus is using performing arts to work with young people with the aim to provide them with a voice to help create social change.

Ann was one of the Home Theatre Artists in 2013 and is really excited to part of the team once again!

 

TOLU AGBELUSI

Tolu is a Nigerian born, London based performance poet and writer who tells stores with depth and a subtle empathy that immerses audiences into the world of her characters. She writes about life and it's intricacies with a specific interest in women;s issues. 

Tolu is also a lawyer. She has lived in France, French Guayana and Anguilla and travelled widely. Her writing is influenced by the people she has met and the cases she encountersin work. She has feautured on many stages including Apples and Snakes' Jawdance and Words a Stage, BoxedIn, Poetry Meets Art, Word4Word, Woman UP etc. Tolus is currently working on a collaborative project exploring the impact of displacement on people's concepts of home. One of her poems from the project Seeking Sense was recently featured in American Anthology After Ferguson, Solidarity.

Tolu enjoys exploring the bounds of poetry and other art forms. Her latest piece is a poetry film collaboration entitled Wake Up. For this and more of her work click here.  

 

DEBRA BAKER

Debra was born in the east end of London, the youngest of four children. It was watching her older sisters perform on stage that led to her finding her passion in life.

She joined the group aged 5 which led to her performing on stage for many happy years and knowing she wanted to be an actress. However when the careers officer at school told her to 'get a proper job', and having nobody to convince or support her otherwise, Debra did just that and spent twenty years working as a secretary. But even during these years she continued to act. It was only during a conversation when Debra told her daughter 'you can be anything you want' that she realised this was true for her too and she could realise her dream. She applied for an audition that weekend at her local drama school and won the scholarship. Debra graduated 10 years ago and has since worked in theatre, TV and film, and is currently working in the BBC Radio Drama Company. 

 

STACEY VICTORIA BLAND

Born in Romford, Essex, Stacey showed a keen interest in performing early on.

After playing donkey number 4 in the school nativity play she thought she was destined for a life in the background, but after a successful stint as a dancer in Aladdin, she was encouraged to join Sylvia Young's Agency.

She was then lucky enough to go into Oliver! (London Palladium) twice at the age of 9 and 11. As well as being part of the Oliver! cast chosen to perform in Hey Mr Producer (Lyceum Theatre), for Cameron Mackintosh's birthday. Her love for theatre continued into her teens when she was accepted into The National Youth Theatre. She was fortunate to work on devised, scripted and immersive pieces of theatre at The Soho Theatre, Lyric Hammersmith, Lowry Manchester and Trafalgar Square. A detour to Loughborough University and further training at The London School of Musical Theatre led Stacey to persue a career in acting.

Since graduating she has had many varied jobs in theatre most recently playing an Ugly Sister at The Lichfield Garrick and advert campaigns for Green Flag and ASDA. This year she has written her first play Call Me Vicky, which she hopes to continue developing next year.

 

JACK BROWN

Bristol born and bred Jack has always had a passion for performing.  When he was younger he used to put on plays in his parents living room to family and friends... probably why Home Theatre 2015 appealed to him!

As he grew up he and his mates got involved in creating theatre and writing music and it was this, which inspired him to pursue a career in the arts. He went on to train at the National Youth Theatre and the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama.

Since graduating he's composed Music for some of the plays he’s performed in and worked as an actor in TV, Film, Radio and Theatre. His stage career has taken him up and down the UK, across Europe and into London's West End. But most impressively, He used to have a Goldfish that lived to the age of 17…seriously! 

 

JOANNA BURNETT

Joanna is an actor born and bred in London.

Her origins are Sri Lankan but she was adopted into an English family. She hoped to be a theatre designer and an actor. So far the acting has been her focus. Joanna works principally in theatre, television and radio.

Theatre includes: Romeo and Juliet (National Theatre), Let The Wind Carry Me Home (National Studio & Southwark Playhouse), Twelfth Night (West End), Revelations (Tara Arts), Ritual In Blood (Nottingham Playhouse) and numerous other productions.

Television includes: DCI Banks, Extras, Casualty, Sherlock, The Bill, Spooks, Family Affairs. As well as a number of Radio plays. 

 

PHILIP CAIRNS

Philip grew up in Glasgow. He decided to be an actor after following his siblings to Pace Youth Theatre, where he enjoyed summers and evenings of comedy, improvisation, singing and dancing.

He moved to London in 2004 to attend Drama Centre. Since graduating he has worked in theatres round the UK, as well as touring throughout Europe, Hong Kong and parts of the US.

Philip is a patron for the Ectopic Pregnancy Trust.

 

ASHLEY CAMPBELL

Ashley grew up in Notting hill! He is of Grenadian and English heritage.

Ashley discovered his love for performance at a very early age-when he used to perform very flamboyant dramatic solo dance routines at his Nan's reggae and soul party's!

At age 7 his mum enrolled him into Saturday classes at the Sylvia Young theatre school. His first gig was representing The United Kingdom at the The Danny Kaye awards for UNICEF-in Amsterdam-the awards were presented by Audrey Hepburn and Roger Moore.

At eleven he attended Sylvia young on a full time basis. He made his West End debut in the children's chorus of Carmen Jones. The following year he appeared at the Royal National Theatre in Carousel.

At 16 he was accepted on a grant to the arts educational London schools, studying Musical theatre. Graduating with the Ned Sherrin award for most outstanding performance in a musical. Age 19 he went on to appear in the national tour of Fame before the production transferred to the West End. Over the last 16 years he has worked in various genres of the industry.

Ashley has recently set up his own production company with his childhood friend John Pickard Wild street production. Their first film is My Town and their next production is Pride Park!

Ashley is so excited to be a part of Home Theatre (UK) 2015

 

JAMES CRAZE

James Craze is an actor and theatre maker from London who graduated from Rose Bruford College in 2013. 

In the same year he created his first solo show; Ernie which is a one man play about the life of his Grandad. James created the play after finding an autobiography his late Grandfather wrote hiding in a cupboard. Since then, he has gone on to perform it at numerous venues including; Theatre503, Tristan Bates Theatre and most recently The Gilded Balloon at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival where it received five star reviews and was nominated for The Brighton Fringe Award for Excellence. 

He is also one of the six founders of End of the Line Theatre Company, who are a company of young artists that create, produce and perform their own New Writing. Most recently they have performed their show; The Words I should have said to Phoebe Lewis at Hull Truck Theatre. 

James's TV credits include for the BBC, Doctors, People Just Do Nothing and Jekyll and Hyde.

James's dream is to create and be apart of theatre that is accessible. He believes Home Theatre is one great step in the right direction.

 

RUSSENI FISHER

From Primary school, Russeni enjoyed studying drama, and this became a passion, evident in his further study of this subject through college, and his numerous involvements in various performing arts.

Russeni’s interest in Spoken Word began in 2011 when he performed as the opening act at the Oval House Writers Rave. Soon after this, he joint Poets Platform at Theatre Royal Stratford East. His work at Poets Platform encouraged him to pursue Poetry & Spoken Word. Since then, he has performed at many shows across London.

In the past year, Russeni has performed in venues such as the Olympic Park and Roundhouse, and he has dazzled many auaudiences with his dramatic, engaging and attention grabbing style of performance.

Aside performing, Russeni is also an avid volunteer contributor to various projects, including Shake The Dust, Twelve Talents, and Writerz and Scribez, where he teaches workshops and mentors.

Russeni has cited Strivers Row, John Agard, Michael Ealy, and Tyler Perry as some of his key inspirations and influencers.

Russeni plans to make waves in the poetry industry with his unique sound that is sure to set the entertainment industry ablaze.

 

ASHLEY GERLACH

Ashley was born in Australia and shortly afterwards made the journey over to grow up in Essex and later Wandsworth, South London.

He attended the BRIT School from 2004 until 2006, and straight afterwards travelled up North to study at the Manchester School Of Theatre graduating in 2009. He started out in TV, working on a BBC drama comedy called Rock and Chips and has worked in all sorts of theatre, TV, Film and radio since then. Working at theatres including The Royal Exchange, Birmingham Rep, The Unicorn, The Lowry, the Manchester Library and many more.

Most recently in theatre he worked on a UK Tour of All My Sons by Arthur Miller with Talawa theatre company playing the role of George Deever. He worked on Home Theatre in 2013, he performed for a lovely family from Tottenham, who he is still in touch with today.

Ashley has worked at Theatre Royal Stratford East previously, playing Dick in Dick Whittington directed by Kerry Michael. He is very excited to be back doing Home Theatre (UK) 2015, especially meeting his host for this year.

 

CATRIONA GILES

Catriona Giles is a London based performer with a love of all things physical. Having grown up with a background of dance she trained for three years on the European theatre arts course at Rose Bruford, learning how to take over the world, and then went on to train at Ecole Jacques Lecoq in Paris for two years, a movement school that's all about creating theatre through play.

After finishing her training last summer, she’s spent her time touring a show around Australia and Europe.

She continues to work with an international company of Lecoq graduates who are currently devising a project about city life and the people who call those cities home. She has also worked on some new writing projects based in London.

 

NATHAN HAMILTON

After studying business and property, Nathan chose to follow a different career path into acting. 
Working for a couple of years in both London and Paris, gaining experience in television, film and theatre.

Nathan decided that further training would be an exciting and beneficial option, so applied to drama schools in and around London. Having been accepted into London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art, he enrolled on the 3 year program in 2012 and has just graduated.

Nathan is passionate about bringing theatre into the heart of communities and exploring new ways to develop new forms of theatre and film.

 

DARREN HART 

Darren hart Is an actor and all round entertainer. He has been in the industry far longer that his youthful face may show.

Darren has performed at places like the National Theatre and Hackney Empire, as well as many appearances at Theatre Royal Stratford East. He was a part of the first Home Theatre UK project in London in 2012 and enjoyed it so much he did two shows in one day.

Aside from acting Darren can be found at the Boom Boom Room, a monthly club night, Hartman's House, a monthly comedy night and also on climaxradio.net for his Saturday morning football show.

 

LEWIS HART

Lewis Hart is an actor based in North London. Born & raised in Kent he graduated from Italia Conti, Clapham, in 2010.

The majority of his work has been in classical theatre, spending two years touring internationally with Propeller Theatre Company working on a range of Shakespeare productions. He has also worked extensively in Scotland from Ibsen at the Lyceum to new writing with the National Theatre Scotland & independent productions at the Fringe. He recently finished a run at the festival of This Much; a play examining the value of marriage. This piece has led to a spin-off Dalston wedding disco event, the I do disco - starting in November - if you fancy it...?

 

STEPHEN HOO 

Stephen is a British actor and playwright from Croydon. He studied theatre at The Brit School before completing his BA in Modern & Classical Chinese at SOAS. He recently finished at RADA where he studied the M.A Theatre Lab.

Stephen's work Theatre Royal Stratford East includes the first British Chinese Musical Takeaway and Cinderella, both directed by Kerry Michael. His play Jamaica Boy about identity, diaspora and Chinese Jamaicans is currently being developed by Pooja Ghai associate director at Stratford East. Stephen is also currently developing a British Chinese sit-com.

Stephen is excited to be part of Home Theatre U.K and is fascinated by the concept and ideology of what Home Theatre can do. 

 

LENA KAUR

Lena Kaur grew up in Huddersfield. She never had the dream of becoming an actor until, one day her school teacher pushed her to go to a workshop, where she was then cast in a play at The West-Yorkshire playhouse. From the play landed a lead role in a BBC drama. Prior to this, she had never even been in a school play.

She went on to train at Rose Bruford College. Since graduating Lena has worked at The Old Vic, National Theatre, English Touring Theatre, Manchester Royal Exchange and Sheffield Crucible.

TV credits include; Hollyoaks, Scallywagga, Emmerdale, Torchwood, Prisoners wives and Happy Valley. She also co-wrote Scallywagga for BBC 3 and has written for Paines Plough at the West-Yorkshire Playhouse where it all began.

 

SUZANN  MCCLEAN

Suzann is excited to be back at Theatre Royal Stratford East as an artist on Home Theatre (UK) 2015.

Suzann was born in East London and considers Theatre Royal Stratford East as her second home having acted, directed and facilitated community workshops for the theatre. Currently Suzann runs the Monologue in a Minute workshops to prep young actors for drama school auditions, castings and the Junior Monologue Slam competition. 

In 2004 Suzann founded Young and Talented a theatre school for children aged 3-19. The socially enterprising company has provided a platform for many to build a successful career in the world of stage and screen.

Suzann is soon to appear on TV in the Sky 1 comedy You, Me and the Apocalypse with Rob Lowe. This follows her love for comedy having played multiple roles in the BAFTA nominated Little Miss Jocelyn. But it's not all about comedy for Suzann who is best known for crying a lot on TV in shows such as The Honourable Woman and Casualty.

Be it stage or film, through tears or laughter Suzann always takes her audience on a journey. Enjoy the ride!

 

JOSEPHINE MELVILLE

Josephine Melville grew up in East London and started her career as a dancer and made the transition to actress, singer, writer, director and producer working in the arts for many years.

Original Co-founder member of The BiBi Crew who wrote and produced shows including, On A Level at Theatre Royal Stratford East on National Tour and in the USA.The BiBi Crew have come together after 20 years and are in development of a new theatre piece.

Also Co-Founder of Aarawak Moon Productions creating the improvisational comedy show Blaggers and the critically acclaimed theatre piece, which she co-wrote called Shoot 2 Win.
Josephine has had a varied career in TV, Film and Radio performing in musicals from Hair to Godspell and numerous pantos at The Theatre Royal Stratford East and Hackney Empire and The Coup at The National Theatre .

Her TV credits include: The Bill, Eastenders and Prime Suspects 2.
Assistant Producer credits include: The Harder They Come West End and national Tour 2010 and Assistant Director credits include:  5 Guys named Mo at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and Theatre royal Stratford East.
As a Creative Therapist at havens Hospice in Essex she uses diversional therapy to make the most of patients end of days.
Josephine Has two boys Troy and Tyler who are the light of her life and is looking forward to working on Home Theatre (UK) 2015.

 

REMMIE MILNER

Remmie was born in South London, with parents both from Yorkshire she often split her early years between there and London to visit family

Dance was a big part of growing up for Remmie, and it was in her teenage years that this developed in to Acting. She went on to train at the BRIT School for Performing Arts and Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, where she gained a wealth of experience from those she met.

She continues to enjoy acting and creating performance art for many different venues and companies; including the Theatre Royal Haymarket, London Olympics Opening Ceremony, Sky1 and BBC.

Alongside this Remmie is a keen yogi and passionate about human rights. 

 

DAVID MUMENI

David was born and raised in North West London, his father originally from Iran and his mother English. He trained as an actor for three years at Drama Centre London and has since worked on Tis’ Pity She’s a Whore (Cheek by Jowl, Dir. Declan Donnelan), The Machine (Donmar, Manchester Int. Festival, New York, Dir. Josie Rourke),  Mush & Me (The Bush) and very recently finished on Lela & Co., a two hander atThe Royal Court.

He co-runs theatre company Not Too Tame who’s remit is to create work that breaks the boundaries of tame polite theatre and aims to engage those who feel like theatre isn’t a place where they belong.

David is also an Associate Artist of The National Youth Theatre who he directs and facilitates for and a writer as well wrote a play for them called Our Days Of Rage (Old Vic Tunnels), which was Time Out Critics choice.

He has also appeared in TV shows such as Love, Nina (BBC), Finding Jesus (CNN), PhoneShop (E4), Cuckoo (BBC3), Fresh Meat (Channel 4) and Whitechapel (ITV).

Film work includes The Inbetweeners Movie, Noble and The Huntsman.

David did the first Home Theatre (UK) in 2013 and enjoyed it so much that he’s back for some more.

 

GLORIA ONITIRI

Gloria Onitiri is most known for her staring roles as Rachel Marron in The Bodyguard and Nala in Disney's The Lion King.

Her work with Theatre Royal Stratford East includes, Takeaway directed by Kerry Michael. Alongside her extensive acting career on stage and screen, Gloria recently sang on BBC Radio 2 celebrating 100 years of Billie Holiday with Madeline Bell and Rebecca Ferguson. She can also be heard on the soon to be released albums for The Feeling and Matt Henry.

After performing her one woman show Reverie at the St James Theatre this summer she's extremely honoured to have been asked to take part in devising a piece for Home Theatre UK. 

 

CAROLINE PARKER

Caroline Parker was born at home in hilly hills of Cheshire, on the borders of Cheshire, Lancashire and Derbyshire. For four years of her life it was not known that she is deaf. When her parents Geoff and Wendy had confirmation of her deafness they did everything they could to give her the tools to cope with this condition. A Partially Hearing Unit in a mainstream school both Primary and Secondary.

Dance class was also attended as Caroline discovered her desire to be in the limelight. A'level Foundation Drama was studied by her at Salford College during her years at Manchester Youth Theatre. The move to London occurred when Caroline entered mime school. At which time she got her first job in theatre making her professional debut at Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 1983.

 Since then she has performed on stage, screen and cabaret in many different guises. At the Paralympic Opening Ceremony 2012, Caroline performed the finale song I Am What I Am in sign language alongside Beverly Knight singing which was viewed by several million people worldwide. In 2013 at Theatre Royal Stratford East Caroline worked with Kerry Michaels playing the role of Fairy Bow Bell in Dick Whittington.

 

RICHARD SUMITRO

Richard spent his childhood living between three countries, India, Bangladesh and the UK.

This year he played the character Gary in Mike Bartlett’s new play, Game, at the Almeida Theatre. He also sang alongside Cleveland Watkiss in Trench Brothers, a musical for Hackney Music Development Trust.  He plays Rashid in the soon to be released movie, The Hoarder, with Mischa Barton. In 2005 he played Pinocchio in Kerry Michael's first pantomime for Theatre Royal Stratford East.

He has also worked at the children’s theatre, Unicorn, appearing in Philip Osment's Duck! He began his acting career in 2003, playing a lead role in Tanika Gupta’s adaptation of Hobson’s Choice at the Young Vic.

Other credits include: A House for Mr Biswas, God of Small Things and Bhopal for BBC Radio 4. Bhopal won the 2005 Amnesty International Award for radio drama.

This Christmas he will be returning to pantomime at Stratford East as the Sheriff of Nottingham in Robin Hood.

This is Richard's second Home Theatre project, in 2013 he worked with Sterre Ploeger of Act Up Newham theatre company to produce the piece Like a Star.

 

LINDEN WALCOTT-BURTON

Linden began his career in the arts at age 16, playing the role of Tybalt in Birmingham Royal Ballet's 'Ballet Changed My Life: Ballet Hoo!' production of Romeo and Juliet, which saw 200 disadvantaged young people transform their lives through ballet on a 4 part documentary series on Channel 4, having never danced, acted or fenced before. After going on to train at the National Youth Theatre and ALRA (where he was sponsored by both the Wayne Sleep and Cameron Mackintosh Foundations), his work has been incredibly varied, having worked all across the UK.

In addition to acting he is also a producer, having previously produced MonologueSlamUK at Theatre Royal Stratford East. He's also currently a Fellow for the Royal Society of Arts, was an Artistic Advisor for the Arts Council during the London 2012 Olympics, and was recently appointed to the Stage Committee as one of 11 actors for Equity, the UK's 40,000 strong trade union.

 

GABBY WONG

Gabby was born in Hong Kong and brought up in a single parent family.  Until the age of 11 she only spoke Cantonese and Mandarin, with a barely basic understanding of English until she moved to the UK to go to school.

She studied Politics at University of Bath but became heavily involved in the student theatre which seemed so much more fun than writing essays. She then went on to train at Italia Conti and since graduating has bumbled her way onstage being goofy, speaking in verse, dancing semi-naked, singing flamboyantly at Shakespeare's Globe, Birmingham Rep, Yellow Earth, Theatre Royal Stratford East, Royal Shakespeare Company and the like.  She was also on the writers program at Royal Court Theatre and has had several short plays produced.  The next goal is to write a full length play.  You may have also heard her voice on some adverts or on BBC Radio


 

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