A COVID-19 RESPONSE PROJECT

MR TEN PER CENT - by Olu Alakija

Tony and Nicole, a middle class, black British couple have been trying for years to conceive through IVF treatment. Tony is a teacher and considered a role model within their community. One night whilst Tony is on his own Dante, a young, rude, working class, streetwise boy turns up claiming to be Tony’s son. The play follows the generational clash between the two of them, Tony trying to come to terms with the fact that he may be an absent father, the lack of role models for black boys as well as the devastating impact of infertility on relationship issues.

Mr Ten Per Cent was one of the final 3 scripts that made it through to the 2nd Round of Forward Dialogue.

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Writer

Olu Alakija

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Olu Alakija is an emerging playwright, screenwriter and script reader. In 2019 he was long-listed for The Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting and he was shortlisted for the Theatre 503 Five. Olu was one of the Tamasha Playwrights 2017/18 and his play “The Only Way” was shortlisted for The Bread and Roses Playwriting Award 2016/17. His short plays have been performed at various theatres including The White Bear , The Space Arts Centre, The Bread & Roses Theatre, The Vaults, Rich Mix, Theatre Royal Stratford East, The Arcola Theatre, RADA Studio’s, The Bunker Theatre and Soho Theatre.

Round 1 Director

James O'Donnell

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Recently with Barn Theatre I have been directing Shakespeare’s monologues and duologues reimagined to fit into modern day lockdown amid the coronavirus pandemic – Coriolanus & Julius Caesar. 

Artistic director of Glimpse & Ysbryd London theatre companies. Founder member of Strange Fish for who I have directed “The Matchbox”, “Quietly”, “Turn of the Screw”. Other directing credits include – “The Irish Giant” in development (Jerwood Space), “House of America” (Jack Studio) - Offie Nominated, “Detour” (Royal Opera House), “Poles for UKIP”, “Pop, Jenny, Jack & Jo”, “African Americana” (Theare 503), “Kafka v Kafka”, “Ocean of Loneliness” (Etcetera Theatre), “Exponentially Worse” (Southwark Playhouse), “The Poet” (Riverside Studios), “The Cherry Orchard”, “The Parasite”, (Theatro Technis). I previously worked extensively as an actor and was nominated for an Ian Charleson Award for my performance in “Henry IV” whilst at the RSC.

Round 2 Director

James Haddrell

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James Haddrell is the artistic and executive director of Greenwich Theatre.

Directing credits include Hannah and Hanna (London & Edinburgh), Dissonance (play reading, RED Women's Theatre awards), Under My Thumb (London, Brighton and Edinburgh), Gazing At A Distant Star (Greenwich Theatre, shortlisted for a REACH northern touring award), The Jungle Book (European premiere - Greenwich & Milton Keynes) and HERE by Michael Frayn (Greenwich Theatre)

This July he will be directing the online premiere of Steven Berkoff's The Script Love Life of Ophelia as well as two online readings for CultureClash Theatre's new writing initiative Voices In The Dark.

James is also a freelance director and producer, chair of the trustees for Filament Theatre, producer for BurnOut Theatre and project coordinator for Modus Arts.Freelance producing credits include the R&D stages of new musical Theodora and the UK tour of new play Skin In The Game (winner, best performance, Birmingham Fest).

Actor

Playing Tony

Ramône Dale-Cruickshank

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Ramône was born in West Bromwich and moved to London from Birmingham at a young age. His earliest passions were acting and football and these were the career paths he decided to pursue. After deciding to fully focus on acting, Ramône was accepted onto the famed Acting & Stage Combat course at East 15, where he learnt invaluable skills as a stage and screen actor and is also a dab hand when it comes to armed and unarmed stage combat and firearms handling. Since graduating two years ago Ramône has worked on commercials, television, short and feature length films and performed at the Royal Opera House and is extremely excited to get to work on his next venture with Just Some Theatre!

Actor

Playing Nicole

Vanessa Cruickshank

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Vanessa Cruickshank is an Actress and Presenter and found her love for performing as a child, where she started off training in Tap and Ballet. From radio presenter to hosting her own TV show. Vanessa was the lead presenter on a Sky Showcase 'Tell Vanessa' 

Vanessa has featured in a number of productions, with her recent credits in the live performances of supper freak (Holborn Ballroom), and the stage performanced of Ruined. TV credits also include the feature film 'Positive Action' and the TV series 'Drillin'. As well as producing directing and presenting the documentary 'Silent Loss, Hidden Truth' . 

Hailing from Chiswick, West London, Vanessa trained at Identity School of Acting and has undertaken training in dramatic combat and meisner.

Actor

Playing Dante

Khai Shaw

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Having recently graduated from Rose Bruford College, Khai has since been a part of the 5-star Offie nominated production Little Baby Jesus by Arinze Kene at the Orange Tree Theatre, as well as having recently been a part of Pilot Theatre’s latest touring production Crongton Knights, based on the award winning book of the same name by Alex Wheatle. He is also a co-founder and board member of Nuu Theatre, aiming to help creat and generate work for and by young people ages 18-25.

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