BROOD was a 15 minute piece shown at the Arcola Theatre as part of Pennyworth Productions' political new writing night, PEN. I played a young woman whose mother had fallen pregnant. Directed by Kennedy Bloomer.
In August 2017 I took up a place on Talawa Theatre Co's 'TYPT' programme, which fosters young POC theatrical talent over a month's training & devising with practitioners. Our devised show 'Bite Your Tongue' sold out a run at Hackney Showrooms. Under the guidance of Miranda Cromwell (Asst Director on Angels in America), we made a show we are hugely proud of. More info
What if Women Ruled the World? is a piece of art/theatre created by Yael Bartana and director Vicky Featherstone, written by Abi Morgan, for the Manchester International Festival. I participated in the R&D stage, where we explored pressing issues like governance, human error and gender in an improvised but highly observed session.
I joined the NYT in May 2016, winning one place in 300 over some 5000 applicants. Our Epic Stages course was led by RSC Associate Owen Horsley and Brad Birch, writer at the Royal Court, and looked especially at Brecht, physical theatre, verse, ensemble work, and clowning. We showcased an original piece at Rose Bruford.
In January 2017 I joined a cohort of young, up-and-coming actors training at the Identity School of Acting. The school's founder, now with an OBE, has made amazing strides in creating representation where there was little. Our 2017 showcase was Contractions by Mike Bartlett, and I was hugely honoured to receive the Best Actress award in my tier.
'The 24 Hour Plays Project' was a challenge where writers, actors & directors came together to create & stage a short piece in only 24 hours. Proceeds went to an arts education charity.
Lilac Wine is very loosely inspired by the time writer/director Sarah Chew witnessed a revolution, by accident. It is an unreliable memoir exploring time she spent in Tehran in the aftermath of the Green Uprising in early 2010, and her subsequent experience of PTSD.
Oh, and it’s also a drag show. Because that’s what Sarah’s life in London was mostly about. And even if you go away and see something life changing, the life you go back to stays the same… doesn’t it?
The show fuses theatre, drag, vaudeville, lip synch, boylesque and a recipe for rosewater sorbet, to explore ideas of conscience, activism, interculture, feminism, friendship, and how Elkie Brooks can save your life. More info here
I was Asistant Director for 2015 runs at the Royal Vauxhall Tavern and Camden People's Theatre, as well as an R&D stage at the Roundhouse.