We are delighted to announce the full cast and creative team for the nation-wide tour of Zia Ahmed’s I WANNA BE YOURS 2019.
THE WRITER: ZIA AHMED
Zia Ahmed is from north-west London. He is part of the London Laureates, having been shortlisted for London’s Young Poet Laureate 2015/16. He is a former Roundhouse Poetry Slam winner and writer in residence at Paines Plough as part of Channel 4’s Playwright Scheme. He is one of the Bush Theatre’s Emerging Writers’ Group 2018/19.
His writing and performance credits include C11 (Bush Theatre) and FRAGMENTS (Roundhouse). His poetry has featured on BBC Radio 4, DAZED and notable gigs include performing at Kate Tempest’s collection launches at the Old Vic, Hackney Arts Centre, Boiler Room x V&A, Latitude Festival and the ICA.
DIRECTION: ANNA HIMALI HOWARD
Anna Himali Howard is a director and theatremaker. She was Paines Plough’s Trainee Director in 2016 and is an alumnus of the Birmingham REP Foundry. She was recently the Staff Director on SMALL ISLAND at the National Theatre.
Her work as a Director includes:
A SMALL PLACE by Jamaica Kincaid (Gate Theatre); I WANNA BE YOURS by Zia Ahmed (Paines Plough/Tamasha/Rural Arts), ALBATROSS by Isley Lynn for NEW (Paines Plough/ RWCMD/Gate Theatre).
As a theatremaker, work includes:
JANE ANGER (Yard Theatre Live Drafts), MAHABHARAT/A by Anna Himali Howard and Zarina Muhammad (Camden People’s Theatre), THE BEANFIELD by Breach Theatre (New Diorama/national tour 2016).
Anna was Associate Director on FLEABAG by Phoebe Waller-Bridge (Drywrite/Soho Theatre international tour) and Assistant Director on OTHELLO, directed by Ellen McDougall (Shakespeare’s Globe) and IN THE NIGHT TIME (BEFORE THE SUN RISES) by Nina Segal, directed by Ben Kidd (Gate Theatre).
EMILY STOTT as ELLA
Emily trained at The Oxford School of Drama and is a founding member of the award-winning theatre company Wildcard (ELECTROLYTE, 17, AFTER PARTY)
Theatre credits include: IF NOT NOW, WHEN? (Dorfman, National Theatre); THE COMEDY ABOUT A BANK ROBBERY (Mischief Theatre/Criterion Theatre); GIFTED (Pleasance); THE PICTURE OF DORIAN GRAY (Watermill Theatre); GLITTER PUNCH (VAULT Festival); THE KITCHEN SINK (Oldham Coliseum); INSIDE PUSSY RIOT (Les Enfants Terribles/Saatchi Gallery); PANCAKE DAY (The Bunker); EARLY DOORS (Not Too Tame/UK tour); THE SELFISH GIANT (Arcola Theatre).
TV credits include: VERA (ITV).
RAGEVAN VASAN as HASEEB
Television credits include: SAVE ME, FORTITUDE (Sky Atlantic); THE STATE (Channel 4); CUFFS, DOCTORS (BBC).
Film credits include: DUMBO (Disney); DAPHNE (The Bureau Film Company); WALK LIKE A PANTHER (FOX Searchlight); THE LAST WITNESS (Film Polska Productions).
Stage credits include: THE VILLAGE (Theatre Royal Stratford East); HURLING RUBBLE AT THE SUN/MOON (Park Theatre); LOVE FOR LOVE, QUEEN ANNE (Royal Shakespeare Company).
RACHAEL MERRY as RACHAEL
Rachael is an actor and BSL/English interpreter who is delighted to be working with Paines Plough this autumn for I WANNA BE YOURS.
A member and associate artist of the DH Ensemble, she is a previous resident artist with GLYPT (Donut Worry R&D) and most recently can be seen as Ellie in DeafFest UK award winning short film AVA (Grint & Ash Collaboration).
Other credits include: Librarian in ALMOST (BSLBT/Flashing Lights Media); Evil Queen in MIRROR MIRROR (Red Earth Theatre UK Tours); Shiny in SMALL WORLD (BSLBT/Mutt & Jeff Pictures); Mrs Yellow in MR RED AND MRS YELLOW (Handprint Theatre). Rachael holds a first class degree in Theatre Arts, Education & Deaf Studies from The University of Reading and recently completed her role coordinating the youth programme for Deafinitely Theatre Company.
THE CREATIVE TEAM:
COMPANY STAGE MANAGER: ALICE LONGSON
Studying at Salford University, Alice gained a degree in Media Performance but was always drawn to the theatre.
Post university she headed into the Manchester Fringe scene working in various stage management roles on shows including THE TRIAL (People Zoo Productions); MOTH (Ransack Productions) and HAIR THE MUSICAL (Aria Entertainment).
With a passion for driving vans Alice went on to touring, working with Theatre Hullabaloo sharing THE BEAR AND BUTTERFLY with the UK in 2016/17.
During her time working the Manchester fringe Alice grew close connections with Hope Mill Theatre and following her tour went on to become the Technical Manager of the venue. She also supported their in-house musicals and Production Manager. She found a new passion for set building and power tools.
Onto ventures new, Alice is super excited to be hitting the road with I WANNA BE YOURS and is very proud to be part of the Paines Plough team on this project.
DESIGN: MYDD PHARO
Mydd is an award-winning set and costume designer, director and visual dramaturg working in theatre, live art and installation. He trained in Theatre Design at Wimbledon School of Art and Fine Art (Installation) at Falmouth College of Art.
Selected work includes:
WOLF’S CHILD (WildWorks/NNF); THE BODY (Barbican); THE PASSION (WildWorks/NTW); PARTY SKILLS FOR THE END OF THE WORLD (NNF); DREAM CITY – The Tunis Biennale of Art in Public Spaces, NABLUS: CITY OF STORIES, ONCE UPON A CASTLE – Kasteel Van Gaasbeek, THE ENCHANTED PALACE (WildWorks); ARK-IVE (National Theatre).
He is founding member, production designer and visual dramaturg for NPO company WildWorks an international site-specific theatre company specialising in large-scale outdoor promenade performances in unusual locations.
He has also designed works for Kneehigh Theatre, Punchdrunk, 14-18NOW, Royal College of Music, NYT, BAC, The Eden Project and The British Council.
LIGHTING: MARTHA GODFREY
Martha Godfrey is a lighting designer based in London.
Recent work includes: WHITE and GREY by Koko Brown (Ovalhouse Theatre/UK tour); PINK LEMONADE and SINCE U BEEN GONE (Queer House Productions); FUCK YOU PAY ME (The Bunker); BURY THE DEAD (Finborough Theatre); HEAR ME HOWL (Old Red Lion Theatre); PECS: THE 80S SHOW (Soho Theatre).
COMPOSITION & SOUND: ANNA CLOCK
Anna Clock is a composer, sound designer and cellist working across theatre, film, radio and installation.
Recent projects include: PLAYING UP and EPIC STAGES (National Youth Theatre); ARMADILLO (The Yard Theatre); FIGHTER (Stratford Circus Arts Centre); LOOKING FORWARD (Battersea Arts Centre); SOFT ANIMALS (Soho); THE BUTTERFLY LION (Barn Theatre); FATTY FAT FAT (Roundhouse/Edinburgh Festival) WORK BITCH, MISS FORTUNATE, ADMIN (VAULT Festival); TWELFTH NIGHT (Southwark Playhouse); POMONA; PUNK ROCK (New Diorama); BURY THE DEAD (Finborough Theatre); FABRIC (Soho/community spaces tour); KATIE JOHNSTONE, IN THE NIGHT TIME, [BLANK] (Orange Tree Theatre); OVEREXPOSED (V&A Museum); UNCENSORED (Theatre Royal Haymarket); SONGLINES (Edinburgh Festival/HighTide Festival/regional tour); FINDING FASSBENDER (VAULT Festival/Edinburgh Festival/HighTide Festival).
In 2018 Anna was artist in residence at SPINE Festival Borough of Harrow and Sirius Arts Centre.
Anna studied Music Composition and English Literature at Trinity College Dublin, Cello performance at the Royal Irish Academy of Music and holds an MA in Advanced Theatre Practice from Central School of Speech and Drama. They also have extensive experience as a workshop facilitator and educator, and have run workshops in schools, youth centres and community centres. They have also worked as guest lecturer and guest sound designer for third level institutions including University of Manchester, Mountview Academy, Arts Ed and Fourth Monkey.
ASSISTANT DIRECTOR: JANISE SADIK
Janisè Sadik is an emerging theatremaker and director. She is Paines Plough’s Trainee Director for 2019, was a part of the Young Vic Directors program, and completed the Boris Karloff Trainee Assistant Director Program in 2017. She has been a co-workshop leader at Park Theatre leading the Creative Learning Programme since 2015 directing the end of term showcase. She has facilitated in various creative buildings such as Hoxton Hall, Lyric Hammersmith, Ovalhouse and Wimbledon College of Arts. In 2018, she set up a Youth Theatre company at We Are Spotlight working with young actors that don’t have access to training. She has worked internationally in rural parts of South India to run creative theatre projects with young children to empower and build their confidence. She enjoys work that is experimental, devised and brings new writing to life.
Theatre credits as director include: MILK & OREOS, winner of the Pandora Award 2015, co-written by Janisè Sadik & Seraphina Beh (Melanin Box Festival); BREAKING THE INTERNET (Ovalhouse Summer School 2017); BLURRED LINES (Etcetera Theatre); US by Priscilla Lafayette Kwabi (Camden People’s Theatre); HYDRAULIC by Tristan Fynn-Aiduenu (Wimbledon College of Arts).
Assistant director credits include: ROUNDABOUT Season 2019: DAUGHTERHOOD by Charley Miles, ON THE OTHER HAND, WE’RE HAPPY by Daf James and DEXTER AND WINTER’S DETECTIVE AGENCY by Nathan Bryon (Paines Plough/Theatr Clwyd).
Film credits as director include: SHE by Andrè James.
MOVEMENT: JENNIFER JACKSON
Jennifer trained at East 15 and is a movement director and actor.
Movement Direction credits include: AMSTERDAM (ATC/Orange Tree/ Theatre Royal Plymouth); POPS (Jake Orr Productions); THE STRANGE UNDOING OF PRUDENCIA HART (New Vic Theatre); BE MY BABY, AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS (Leeds Playhouse); THE TRICK (Loose Tongue/Bush/High Tide); PHILOXENIA (Bush); MOUNTAINTOP UK TOUR (Desara Productions Ltd); DEATH OF A SALESMAN, QUEENS OF THE COAL AGE, OUR TOWN (Royal Exchange); PARLIAMENT SQUARE (Bush/Royal Exchange); MAYFLY, OUT OF WATER (Orange Tree Theatre); BRIGHTON ROCK (Pilot Theatre/The Lowry); ROUNDABOUT Season 2017: BLACK MOUNTAIN, HOW TO BE A KID, OUT OF LOVE (Paines Plough/Theatr Clwyd/Orange Tree Theatre); ROUNDABOUT Season 2018: ISLAND TOWN, STICKS AND STONES, HOW TO SPOT AN ALIEN (Paines Plough/Theatr Clwyd); THE MOUNTAINTOP (Young Vic); DEATH OF A SALESMAN (Royal & Derngate); THE UGLY ONE (The Park); WHY THE WHALES CAME (Southbank Centre); STONE FACE (Finborough); DEBRIS (Southwark Playhouse/Openworks Theatre); MACBETH (Passion in Practice/Sam Wanamaker Playhouse); SILENT PLANET (Finborough); PERICLES (Berwaldhallen); THE FUTURE (The Yard/Company Three); OTHER-PLEASE SPECIFY, ATOMS (Company Three); TAKEOVER 2017 (Kiln Theatre).
Assistant Movement Director credits include: ROUNDABOUT Season 2014: LUNGS, THE INITIATE, MY TEACHER’S A TROLL (Paines Plough/Sheffield Theatres).
I WANNA BE YOURS will tour as follows:
6 – 19 October: The Albany Canada Water Hub, Canada Water
21 October: Studio 3 Arts, Barking
22 October: Luton Culture, Luton
24 October: Rosehill Theatre, Whitehaven
25 October: Unity Theatre, Liverpool
28 October: Marine Theatre, Lyme Regis
29 October: Ventnor Exchange, Ventnor
30 October – The Old Market, Brighton
31 October – South Hill Park, Bracknell
01 November: Trestle Arts Centre, St Albans
02 November: The Spring Arts & Heritage Centre, Havant
04 November: The Key Theatre, Peterborough
05 November: The Marlowe, Canterbury
06 November: Phoenix Theatre and Arts Centre, Bordon
07 November: Trinity Theatre, Tunbridge Wells
08 November: Electric Theatre, Guildford
11 November: Octagon Theatre, Bolton
12 November: Middlesbrough Theatre, Middlesbrough
13 November: The Mill Arts Centre, Banbury
14 November: Artrix, Bromsgrove
15 November: Derby Theatre, Derby
16 November: East Riding Theatre, Beverley
19 November: CAST, Doncaster
20 November: Norden Farm, Maidenhead
21 November: The Garage, Norwich
22 November: Lincoln Performing Arts Centre, Lincoln
23 November: The Edge, Manchester
26 November: Preston Continental
27 November: Arts Centre Washington
28 November: Selby Town Hall, Selby
29 November: Square Chapel, Halifax
30 November: The Maltings, Berwick-upon-Tweed