What are the realities for a person of colour working in theatre? How do you pitch yourself? And what can theatre-makers of colour do to nurture the next generation of creatives?
Featuring voices from Nouveau Riche, We Rise is a new series of short films, shining a light on how to manoeuvre, cope and self-care against racism in the sector.
They will share their experiences of how people of colour can succeed in the industry, tips and tricks on the pathways available to you, pitching new work, touring your work, and what hopes we have for the future.
Each episode will be released every Wednesday on this page, as well as Instagram, Facebook and YouTube.
Ryan Calais Cameron, Artistic Director of Nouveau Riche
Ewa Dina, Actor and Director
Cal-I Jonel, Actor and Director
Sarah Jordan Verghese, Producer for Nouveau Riche
Directed/Edited by Nick Virk
DOP: Marcus Ebanks
Sound Recordist: Adina Istrate
In association with award-winning theatre company Deafinitely Theatre, Paines Plough present Talking Hands, five bold new films by deaf writers.
Locked down in the coronavirus pandemic, five deaf people across the UK are adapting to a new way of living. These five compelling and heart-warming monologues are bravely inspired by personal experiences and filmed entirely in the visual storytelling of British Sign Language.
Click the links below to watch the full series.
Talking Hands is directed by Paula Garfield, with photography direction by Becky Bailey and Teresa Garratty, editing by Samuel Dore and Ted Evans, production design by Isobel Baker-Smith and Frankie Bradshaw, music composed by Chris Bartholomew and dramaturgy by Charlotte Bennett and Phillippe Cato.
In April 2020 as the first national lockdown began and all touring and live performance were on hiatus, we responded to this rapidly changing world by launching COME TO WHERE I AM –a spin-off of our flagship project COME TO WHERE I’M FROM.
In partnership with theatres across the UK and in Australia, we commissioned 55 new short plays from writers to tell us stories about the places they call home and where they were when lockdown began. These were self-filmed and shared digitally with online audiences.
You can see all the series of this project below and we plan to perform the plays live at our partner venues when they reopen.
All content is free to watch with the option of donating and all donations will go directly towards employing writers to deliver more excellent new writing.
Come to Where I’m From is a national project that invites playwrights to write and perform mini-plays about their home towns.
Since 2010 more than 180 playwrights from across the UK have written plays about the places, the people and the ideas that shaped them. Together these plays make up a theatrical tapestry of the nation – a playwrights’ guide to Great Britain.
Now all those audio plays are available to listen to on our free COME TO WHERE I’M FROM app available from the App Store. You can explore Leeds with Zodwa Nyoni, walk the streets of Liverpool with Helen Blakeman, hear James Graham’s tales of Mansfield, Mike Bartlett and Alice Birch on Oxford, Zia Ahmed on Cricklewood and lots, lots more.
Come To Where I’m From is supported by Garrick Charitable Trust and Royal Victoria Hall Foundation.