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Karen Cogan presents

Turkey Sausage Roll

Frank, punchy, moving

A young woman is avoiding holding her girlfriend’s hand with her left hand and clutching a turkey sausage roll in her right. She’s a vegetarian but too polite to say so. Also, she is afraid if she opens her mouth she might vomit from grief. Her best pal is in a box being sung to, aggressively, by Aunty Una. We visit her restless brain as she survives the worst day of her life so far.

Writer – Karen Cogan
Performer – Faoileann Cunningham
Editor – Adam Lansberry
Director (from afar) – Karen Cogan
Music – Faoileann Cunningham


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.


We are ensuring that all the Homemakers commissions are accessible as possible for everyone so if you need to access this project in a different format please email access@homemcr.org

About Karen Cogan

Karen’s TV script Fled topped the 2019 Brit List, with 20 nominations from broadcasters and producers. Fled is now in development with A Very English Scandal Executive Producer Dominic Treadwell Collins. Karen Cogan wrote on Series 2 of The Young Offenders 2019 for BBC. She is currently writing on series 1 of a new Sky drama.

Karen has original TV projects in formal development with production companies and broadcasters including Sky, Channel 4 and ITV. She has recently worked in several writers rooms. Karen’s solo play Drip Feed ran at the Soho Theatre and was shortlisted for the Verity Bargate Award and an Offie Award and a Dublin Fringe Award. Drip Feed was script-commissioned for television and is with a broadcaster.

Her first play The Half Of It won the Stewart Parker Award and was nominated for five Fringe Awards. Karen completed the Channel 4 Screenwriting scheme 2019 and is The Phelim Donlon Bursary recipient, The H Club’s Theatre Emerging Creative and an Arts Council Next Generation Artist. She has spoken on panels at the Traverse Theatre, The Guilty Feminist and at RADA and written a monologue for the Guilty Feminist.

Karen grew up in Cork and trained as an actor at RADA.

@KarenMCogan on Twitter

About Faoileann Cunningham

Theatre includes: Amélie (Original London Cast), Ulysses (Abbey Theatre, Dublin) – winner of Best Supporting Actress in the 2018 Broadway World Ireland Awards, Scotties (National Theatre of Scotland/Theatre Gu Leor), Once (Olympia Theatre, Dublin), Mary Stuart (Almeida). Training: RADA Short Film: Hen (RADA)

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.