Tonight COME TO WHERE I’M FROM heads East but only to East London, as far as The Yard Theatre in Hackney Wick. Presenting work tonight we have Lucy Sheen an actor, writer and filmmaker, Afsana Begum founder of Mulberry Alumni Theatre Company, In-Sook Chappell writer of PYONGYANG about North Korea as well as numerous radio dramas, Lizzy Dijeh published poet and playwright and finally the prolific Arinze Kene who you may recognise from EASTENDERS but he’s been busy since then writing hard hitting and insightful plays (and there are some films in the pipeline too!).
You can still get tickets here or on the door. Show starts at 7.30pm.
We’ll certainly to be heading to Crate Brewery after the show for a pizza and a beer. Pizza, beer and a five new plays. Lovely.
You can read their full credits here:
Lucy is an actor, writer, filmmaker and playwright who has written for Nimble Fish Arts and the Royal Court Theatre. COME TO WHERE I’M FROM was her fourth commission. Her acting credits include PING PONG, JULIUS CAESAR (Bristol Old Vic), DRINK THE MERCURY (TMA nomination, 1990) and HUNGRY GHOSTS (OFFIE award nomination, 1990).
Afsana is an emerging BAME Artistic Producer and founder of the Mulberry Alumni Theatre Company (Mulberry ATC) with over 6 years’ experience in arts education. She was Company Manager on three Fin Kennedy plays for the school at the Edinburgh Fringe, one of which won a Scotsman Fringe First. Mulberry ATC has since collaborated with Royal Court Theatre and Afsana has participated in their Introduction to Playwriting scheme.
In-Sook Chappell was the winner of the Verity Bargate award in 2007 for her play THIS ISN’T ROMANCE. Her previous playwriting credits have included PYONGYANG (Finborough Theatre), THIS ISN’T ROMANCE (Soho Theatre) and DOWNTOWN DOLLHOUSE. In-Sook’s radio credits include HONG KONG MIDNIGHT (BBC Radio 3) and THIS ISN’T ROMANCE (BBC Radio 4).
Lizzy Dijeh is a playwright and poet. Her plays include HIGH LIFE (Hampstead Theatre – runner up of Alfred Fagon Award 2007) and MESSAGE FROM A FAR COUNTRY (Tiata Delights Festival). Her poetry has been published in RED: CONTEMPORARY BLACK BRITISH POETRY (People Tree Press, 2010), OUT OF BOUNDS (Bloodaxe Books, 2012) and WASAFIRI (International Arts Journal).
Arinze Kene was born and raised in London to Nigerian parents. Alongside his writing he also works as an actor. Arinze’s original feature film, SEEKERS, is on the Brit List and in development with Strays Film. He has another original feature film, CURE, in development with Sixteen Films. Arinze wrote his new play GOOD DOG on attachment to the National Theatre Studio. He is developing MISTY with the Bush Theatre following RADAR last year and was on attachment at the Lyric Hammersmith in 2012 as a recipient of the Pearson Playwrights’ Bursary. His stage play GOD’S PROPERTY ran at Soho Theatre in 2013, co-produced with Talawa. LITTLE BABY JESUS, directed by Che Walker, ran in May 2011 at the Ovalhouse Theatre, where his play ESTATE WALLS ran in 2010. Arinze was named Most Promising Playwright at the Off West End Theatre Awards for ESTATE WALLS in 2011, which was also nominated for Best New Play. WILD CHILD was performed in 2011 as part of the Rough Cuts season at The Royal Court. Arinze wrote a wrap-around piece to the play FISHBONE called US & THEM for Nabokov at the Bush Theatre in 2010 and wrote a short play, SUFFOCATION, as part of Ovalhouse Theatre’s annual 33% Festival. Arinze was a member of the Young Writers’ Programme and Writers’ Super Group at the Royal Court Theatre. He was also part of Soho Theatre’s Young Writers’ Group and was chosen as one of their Hub Writers. Arinze was shortlisted for Off West End’s 2010’s ‘Adopt a Playwright Award’ and the 2009 Alfred Fagon Award. Arinze was involved in the storylining and development of the second series of Big Talk’s YOUNGERS for E4, in which he played Ashley. He wrote an episode of the third series of E20 on BBC3 and was subsequently part of an EASTENDERS trial scheme. Arinze was named as a Screen International UK Star of Tomorrow in 2013 and was invited to take part in the Channel 4 Screenwriting Course in 2012.