H116 Hatchcroft Building, Middlesex University, The Burroughs, London NW4 4BT
Playwright James Kenworth will speak on his development of the project, the second Newham-based production which he has written for a mixed professional/local young person cast (the first being When Chapman Met Ghandi in 2013).
James will talk about the potential of such mixed economy productions in terms of successful funding bids, community involvement and aesthetic experiment; and about the process of adapting a literary classic with a contemporary spin and his discussions with the Orwell estate.
Director/Head of the Department of Media James Martin Charlton, the production’s director, will talk about farm site as venue and the creative decisions behind the production’s promenade/immersive aesthetic, and will talk about the ways in which the production spoke to contemporary historical events.
One of the production’s actors, Katie, will speak about working with non-professional performers and playing an anthropomorphic animal character.
Katie is an actor and musician from the Midlands who graduated from Birmingham School of Acting in 2012. Her roles have included Rosie in Rosie's Magic Horse at Southwark Playhouse, Ariel in The Tempest for YSC and Emily in Charlotte Sometimes at The Oxford Playhouse. She is currently working on a tour of Revolting Rhymes with Open Book Theatre.
The seminar also include interactive workshop in which Kenworth and Charlton demonstrate the work they have been subsequently doing in Schools on the themes of Revolution Farm.
Please note food and beverags will be provided on the day.
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