We performed Rising in the Council Chamber of London's City Hall. The play was followed by an interactive Forum, and a panel discussion with leading commenters on the issues of the play - see below for more info about the panel.
CAST & CREW
Danielle/Work Coach Shona Babayemi
Jennifer/Housing Officer Carrie Rock
Terrence Greg Shewring
Gavin/Boss Andre Skeete
Director Stuart Mullins
Designer Set & Costume Mhari McLean Glober
Sound Designer Simon McCorry
Movement Director Temujin Gill
Dramaturg Sarah Woods
Member Support to the Director Sasha Winslow
Voice Coach Sian Radinger
Production Manager Rich Irvine
Stage Manager Jasmin Hay
Producer Emma Dunstan/Clare Robertson
Press Alison Duguid
CITY HALL PANEL DISCUSSION - BIOGRAPHIES
Helen Berresford joined Nacro in October 2016 and leads the External Engagement Department of policy, public affairs and communications. After starting her career working in Parliament, Helen has spent the majority of her career in the voluntary sector working to improve policy and practice for disadvantaged young people and adults. Prior to Nacro, Helen worked at children’s charities Save the Children and 4Children and women’s charity Platform 51. She has successfully influenced Government policy across a range of areas including equality, childcare and poverty, and is passionate about encouraging disadvantaged people to speak out and advocate for themselves.
Nacro info: We are a national social justice charity with more than 50 years’ experience of changing lives, building stronger communities and reducing crime. We house, we educate, we support, we advise, and we speak out for and with disadvantaged young people and adults. We are passionate about changing lives. We never give up. In 2017/18, we helped around 32,000 people.
Gordon Booker is a member of Cardboard Citizens. He has recently been part of Emma Rice's School for Wise Children.
Adrian Jackson is the Founder, Artistic Director and Chief Executive of Cardboard Citizens, a theatre company working particularly with homeless people, which he founded in 1991. Since then he has directed over 30 productions for the Company, devising and writing many of them. As well as directing and writing many Forum Theatre pieces, Adrian has also directed all the company's larger-scale site-specific productions, including Pericles and Timon of Athens, co-produced with the Royal Shakespeare Company, The Beggar’s Opera (with ENO), The Lower Depths (with London Bubble) and the Evening Standard award-winning Mincemeat (also co-writer). He wrote and directed A Few Man Fridays in 2012 about the expulsion of the Chagos islanders which played to critical acclaim at Riverside Studios. In 2015 he directed Sarah Woods’ Benefit and in 2016 an updated version of Cathy Come Home, Cathy, by Ali Taylor, both of which toured nationally. In 2017 he commissioned and co-directed a season of new plays around the history of housing, Home Truths, with new work from 9 playwrights - Stef Smith, EV Crowe, Heathcote Williams, David Watson, Nessah Muthy, Chris O’Connell, Sonali Bhattacharya, Lin Coghlan and Anders Lustgarten.
Adrian is one of the world’s leading experts on Theatre of the Oppressed. He was Augusto Boal's translator on five books Games for Actors and Non-Actors, The Rainbow of Desires, The Legislative Theatre, Hamlet and the Baker's Son (Boal's autobiography) and The Aesthetics of the Oppressed. He led workshops with Boal on many occasions, and they collaborated on The Art of Legislation, an Artangel-sponsored piece of Legislative Theatre at County Hall in London. He has taught this work in many contexts, throughout Britain and Ireland, and many places throughout the world, including master classes across Europe, Asia, South America, Australia and Africa.
He was awarded an MBE in the 2018 New Years Honours.
Femi Keeling is a British Caribbean playwright and theatre maker born in London, and living in Surrey. Her solo theatre show, How to Die of a Broken Heart, has toured the UK and her play, I Am Not There, had a rehearsed reading at the Talawa Firsts festival in 2017. Her short plays have been staged at Soho Theatre, Theatre 503, Orange Tree Theatre, and Redgates Theatre. A BBC Radio 4 programme about Femi’s life, The Achalasia Diaries, aired in 2015 and she is an alumna of the BBC Writers Room London Voices programme and the Orange Tree Theatre Writers Collective 2018.
James Murray joined the Mayor's Office in 2016 as Deputy Mayor for Housing and Residential Development, coming from Islington Council, where he held the position of Executive Member for Housing and Development for six years. During James’s time in Islington, he lead the borough’s new council homebuilding programme and oversaw the introduction of planning policies to raise the proportion of social rented and other genuinely affordable homes in new developments, including a new standard for viability assessments. In his current role, James oversees the Mayor’s £4.8bn affordable homes programmes, including Building Council Homes for Londoners – the first-ever City Hall initiative dedicated to building 10,000 new council homes. He works with local authorities, housing associations, and developers to identify land and opportunities for new homes, and he advises the Mayor on affordable housing planning policies. He also oversees work at City Hall to improve the private rented sector and to tackle homelessness and rough sleeping. James advised the current Mayor during his selection and election campaigns. Earlier in his life, his roles included working for Emily Thornberry MP and Mercer consulting. He grew up in Ealing and Shepherds Bush, and currently lives near King's Cross.
Emma Revie is the Chief Executive of The Trussell Trust, a charity that supports a network of over 420 foodbanks to provide emergency food to people in crisis, offer additional support and campaign for change. Previously she was Chief Executive at youth charities Ambition and Landmark, and Head of Donor Services at international aid charity Tearfund. She has also run her own freelance consultancy and training business, and is treasurer of The Centre for Youth Impact, a community of organisations working together to progress thinking in youth work.
Petra Salva has over 20 years of experience leading and developing projects that focus on tackling rough sleeping in London and the south east of England. She is currently the Director of Rough Sleeping, Migrant and Criminal Justice Services at St Mungo's. Within this role, she has direct responsibility for the organisation's strategy and services across these areas. Her services include projects such as Street Legal that supports destitute migrants, numerous commissioned borough specific outreach services and pan-London initiatives funded by the GLA including Street Link, the Rough Sleeper Social Impact Bond, Routes Home and a Rough Sleeping Tenancy Sustainment Team. Prior to this, she lead the development of the No Second Night Out programme. As Director, she played a key role in the design and delivery of this new initiative in London, an approach that has now been rolled out nationwide.