Shot entirely on a smartphone and GoPro during the Covid-19 quarantine, interweaving animation, film footage and the orchestration of everyday sound, this piece is a result of a necessarily solitary film making process.
With production taking place at the height of the hypervisibility of the fight for racial equality, using Shakespeare’s Othello as a creative starting point, this film takes a look at the costs of being ‘othered’ in a racialized world from the perspective of a Black British millennial caught in the midst of these challenging times.
Tickets are available as ‘Pay What You Can’ – the suggested price for this event is £5 – but there are a range of ticket prices so you can choose what you can afford from the options, including £0 as we want as many people as possible to access our Homemakers commissions.
We’ve also included a higher option for anyone who wants to take the opportunity to make a larger donation to our artists and organisations. How much you choose to pay is completely up to you, and every audience member will receive exactly the same content and experience.
All the money raised from ticket sales for this event will be split evenly with 50% going directly to the artist and 50% to RADA Festival’s response fund to allow them to continue to support future artists and commissions.
Homemakers Project Overview
Homemakers is a series of new commissions, where we invite our favourite artists and artistic partners to combine to create work at home, for an audience who are also at home.
We’re not pretending that all art can be experienced online just as satisfactorily as in person; but we want to demonstrate the innovation of artists who work all kinds of forms, by inviting them to respond to this very specific context. We want to bring contemporary new performance to audiences all over the world, in all its form-flexing, mind-expanding, surprising subversive brilliance.
About The London Rep
Leaphia Darko is an actor, writer, musician and filmmaker. She is the Founder & Artistic Director of The London Rep (TLR). The production company was established in 2018 to create a space for ethnically diverse performers, technicians and creatives to tell their stories on stage and screen. TLR’s work is often multi-disciplinary in nature and explores the intersection between words, pictures, sound, cinematography and technology.
About Leaphia Darko
Leaphia graduated from the RADA BA in Acting in 2017 and has worked consistently since then most notably at The Theatre Royal Haymarket (Cookies), The Globe (Love’s Labours Lost, Henry IV pt1 and 2, Henry V, Henry VI, Richard III) and The Bridge (Julius Caesar). Her first smartphone film Alex (2018) led to her selection by the Independent Film Trust to their Vertical Lab mentoring scheme for promising filmmakers from underrepresented backgrounds and a screening at Raindance Film Festival 2018 as part of an early career scratch night. She is also being mentored in setting up the company by The Prince’s Trust. Her first full length play The Secret Life of Cats was part of the Women at RADA readings in 2019, her next is in development for early 2021.
About RADA Festival
The RADA Festival is a vibrant annual event that nurtures artists’ development and provides a platform for emerging and established work. Usually hosted at RADA over 10 days in June and July, the Festival supports and celebrates the variety of work RADA’s graduates create as they form new collaborations, explore different creative practices and develop innovative ideas in theatre-making. We present work at the Festival that embraces multiple perspectives, encourages creative risk, is current, engaging and thoughtful.
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“Now more than ever, is the time to come together and recognise each other’s strengths by exploring creative opportunities. In the absence of a full RADA Festival this year, we are absolutely thrilled to be collaborating as a partner for the Homemakers programme. It’s been really inspiring to watch these lockdown projects develop and be able to continue to support emerging work from across the globe.” Jo Wiltshire, RADA Festival Producer.
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