IN DEVELOPMENT

R&D PROJECT

A note from the writer, James Martin Charlton

This project is an opportunity for me to push my praxis in new directions, and also to explore ways in which the contemporary theatre play can be taken to new places in terms of genre and technology.

This is a conscious re-engagement with the contemporary world, dealing head-on with the questions and problems which humanity faces in the twenty-first century. The play explores with the insidious nature of ideology, and how human relations may be corrupted by unseen forces which may be influencing individuals and their behaviours.

Although it will have a contemporary setting, it will engage with genres beyond realism in order to create poetic paradigms which capture the tensions of our lives in ways which are beyond the merely descriptive. The integration of technology extends my interest in VR and AR. The foray into the horror genre will allow me to explore creatively in this form, as previously I have explored such genres/forms as expressionism, science fiction and the well-made play.

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The Creative Team
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Jake Urry

Co Producer & Actor

Co Producing the project and performing in the readings.

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Peter Stone

Co Producer & Actor

Co Producing the project and performing in the readings.

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Jordan Moore

Co Producer & Actor

Co Producing the project and performing in the readings.

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Nasa Ohalete

Actor

Nasa Ohalete trained at Italia Conti. Her credits include Avenue 5 for HBO, American Monster, Candy MetFilm, Three Sisters at The National Theatre, The Blind Truth at The Lyric Hammersmith theatre, Bolivia at the Cockpit theatre, Oedipus at Lazarus Theatre, Sweet Taboo at Talawa Theatre.

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James Martin Charlton is a dramatist, screenwriter and filmmaker, living in East London. His plays for the stage include Fat SoulsGroping in the DarkComing Up (Warehouse, Croydon); Ecstasy + Grace (Finnborogh); The World and His Wife I Really Must Be Getting Off  (White Bear); Desires of Frankenstein (Open Air/Pleasance, Edinburgh); Fellow Creatures (Miniaturists). He has directed a number of world premiers by contemporary writers including Jim Kenworth's Gob (King's Head). He has written and directed two short films, Apeth (2007) and Academic (2011). He lectures in scriptwriting at Middlesex University.

James Martin Charlton

Writer

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David Cottis

Dramaturg

David Cottis is a writer, director and dramaturg.  His five-actor adaptation of Oliver Twist was taken on national tour by the Love and Madness Company.  He is Artistic Director of the award-winning Instant Classics Theatre Company, and has directed in theatres in London, Cardiff, Leeds, Nottingham, Birmingham, and Leicester.  He worked as dramaturg on the musical Half' n' Half, performed at the Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff.  He is Lecturer in Scriptwriting at Middlesex University, and has edited two volumes of Welsh plays in English for the Parthian Press.

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Bek Palmer

Set Designer

Bek designs sets, costume and puppets for a variety of performance including opera, classic drama, theatre for young audiences and immersive experiences.  

Previous work includes; Hairspray (Pimlico Opera), La Cenerentola (British Youth Opera), No Man’s Land, My Mother Said I Never Should, The Birthday Party, Waiting for Godot and Betrayal (London Classic Theatre), Hansel & Gretel, A Christmas Carol, Henry II and Matilda the Empress (RABBLE), The Chronicles of Atom & Luna and The Mystery of The Raddlesham Mumps (Funnelwick Limb), Baba Yaga, Spirits of the Sea, Bear & Butterfly, Tiny Treasures, Luna, The Elves and the Shoemakers, Angel, The Night Pirates and My Mother Told Me Not To Stare (Theatre Hullabaloo), The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart (Eastern Angles),  Alfie White: Space Explorer and Lemony Snicket’s Latke Who Couldn’t Stop Screaming (Tall Stories),  What The Ladybird Heard (Kenny Wax Ltd),  Shaun The Sheep (Dan Coleman),  Happily Ever After (Action Transport Theatre). 

 

Bek trained in Performance Design at LIPA and studied Post Graduate Theatre Design at RWCMD.  She specialises in designing and making puppets and has also worked as an Installation Artist for Punchdrunk and as Wardrobe Manager for Qdos Pantomimes and as Deputy Wardrobe Manager for Grange Park Opera.

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