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by Alison Brinkworth (subscribe)
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Cutting Edge New Plays & Talks For Summer
The RSC is pushing boundaries with a thought-provoking festival surrounding what is unsayable in the 21st century. The Making Mischief Festival features edgy, relevant new plays from some of the most exciting contemporary playwrights, focussing on issues including race, gender, language and national identity.

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The RSC is making mischief this summer


It centres around a series of challenging plays that aim to question our society, which will run at The Other Place Studio Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon from July 27 to August 27.

They include Fall of the Kingdom, Rise of the Foot Soldier by Somalia Seaton, which is based around a racially-motivated attack on a student which forces her teacher to confront the uncomfortable truth lurking beneath the community.

Meanwhile, Fraser Grace's Always Orange is particularly topical and set in the aftermath of the London terrorist attacks, looking at how to be human in a world always on the edge.

Joanne, RSC, Tanya Moodie, Making Mischief Festival
A series of thought-provoking plays make up the Making Mischief Festival


The two plays are cross cast with the same company of six actors with both playwrights asked to submit a piece of work that responded to the question 'what is unsayable in the 21st Century?'

The festival also includes a return of the award-winning Revolt. She Said. Revolt Again by Alice Birch, which examines the language, behaviour and forces that shape women in the 21st century.

After its appearance in Stratford upon Avon, the show will also make its Scottish premiere at the Traverse Theatre as part of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Revolt. She said. Revolt again. made its debut as part of the 2014 Midsummer Mischief Festival in Stratford-upon-Avon, transferring to the Royal Court Upstairs and was recently produced at New York's Soho Rep. After its Edinburgh run it will transfer to the Shoreditch Town Hall in London.

In addition to these plays is Clean Break's critically acclaimed one woman show Joanne - performed by Tanya Moodie. This explores the pressures on our public services.

Joanne, RSC, Tanya Moodie, Making Mischief Festival
Joanne stars Tanya Moodie in the acclaimed one woman show.


The month-long festival is led by the RSC's Deputy Artistic Director Erica Whyman and will include a series of accompanying talks and events, asking: what is unsayable in the 21st century?

There is also the Making a Scene event on Saturday August 13 at 11.30am, where RSC Honorary Associate Artist David Edgar speaks to award-winning playwright Alice Birch about her favourite scenes from Shakespeare, and where she finds inspiration for her work.

A prolific playwright, David Edgar's association with the RSC (like Alice Birch's) began at The Other Place, when his award-winning play Destiny was staged there in 1976.


Making Mischief Festival
Tickets for all 'making Mischief' shows and events are available from the RSC box office on 01789 403493.
Tickets are each play costs 15 from the RSC website. There are discounts of two plays for 25, three plays for 35 and four plays for 45.

Fall of the Kingdom, Rise of the Foot Soldier
The Other Place, Stratford-upon-Avon
Playing in rep Wednesday 27 July Saturday 27 August
Directed by Nadia Latif
Casting includes: Donna Banya (Aisha), Bally Gill (Chorus), Laura Howard (Hawkins), Tyrone Huggins (Chorus), Syreeta Kumar (Shabz), Ifan Meredith (Archie / Chorus).

Always Orange
Playing in rep Wednesday 27 July Saturday 27 August
The Other Place, Stratford-upon-Avon
Directed by Donnacadh O'Briain
Casting includes: Donna Banya (Amna), Bally Gill (No Name 1), Laura Howard (Delores / Jackie), Tyrone Huggins (Farouk / Mr Ibrahim), Syreeta Kumar (Rusha), Ifan Meredith (Joe).

Joanne - Performed by Tanya Moodie
Making Mischief Festival, Stratford-upon-Avon: Thursday August 11 Friday August 12

Revolt. She Said. Revolt Again
The Other Place, Stratford upon avon - between Tuesday August 2 and Saturday August 13

Edinburgh Fringe, Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh - Wednesday August 17 - Sunday August 28
Preview tickets: 14.50 / 8.50
Tickets: 20.50 / 15.50
To book call 0131 228 1404 or online at the Traverse Theatre website.

Shoreditch Town Hall, London - Wednesday August 31 Saturday September 17.
Directed by Erica Whyman.

Talks during the festival

ALWAYS ORANGE AND FALL OF THE KINGDOM WRITER AND DIRECTOR TALK
Friday 29 July, 5.30pm 6.30pm
Tickets 5
Studio Theatre @The Other Place
Writers Fraser Grace and Somalia Seaton discuss their plays with Directors Nadia Latif and Donnacadh O'Briain

REVOLT. SHE SAID. REVOLT AGAIN - WRITER AND DIRECTOR TALK
Thursday 4 August, 5.30pm 6.15pm
Tickets 5
Studio Theatre @The Other Place
Director, Erica Whyman, and Writer, Alice Birch, discuss Revolt. She said. Revolt again.

MAKING A SCENE
PLAYWRIGHTS TODAY: ALICE BIRCH
Saturday 13 August, 11.30am
Tickets 5
Studio Theatre@The Other Place
David Edgar talks to Alice Birch about her favourite scenes from Shakespeare and where she finds inspiration in his work.

A CONVERSATION: REBELLION AND THE ESTABLISHMENT
Saturday 13 August, 6pm - 7pm
Tickets 5
The Michel Saint-Denis Rehearsal Room @ The Other Place
A conversation about the themes of fear and power, connecting the Making Mischief Festival to the Shakespeare plays currently in rep at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre.

A CONVERSATION: SPEAKING THE TRUTH
Saturday 20 August, 11am 12.30pm
Tickets 5
Studio Theatre @ The Other Place
Who is given the platform to speak the truth?

THE PIONEERS A SHARING OF WORK
Friday 26th August at 3pm
Tickets 5
The Gatsby Charitable Foundation Rehearsal Room at The Other Place
A chance to look inside the engine room of the RSC and watch a work-in-progress sharing of Research and Development project The Pioneers. See how the creative team tackle the story of three pioneering women who crossed the Himalayas in a Land Rover in their husbands' long johns in 1958.

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Why? See exciting new provocative plays from the RSC
When: From July to August in Stratford upon Avon, August in Edinburgh and September in London
Phone: 01789 403493
Where: The Other Place Studio Theatre, Stratford upon Avon - and then Edinburgh and London
Cost: 15
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