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the master's house | response film

Overview

the masters house by babirye bukilwa, was due to be staged by NYT’s Playing Up Company, it’s flagship social inclusion course, in summer 2021 but was forced to be cancelled due to COVID-19. A film created in response to the piece starring the Playing Up Company with words by babirye bukilwa, music by mwen music and directed by Chris Sonnex, who is now Artistic Director of Cardboard Citizens. The film can be viewed for free on YouTube from today for one month. 

Content note: Features Strong Language

the master's house

Written by babirye bukilwa
Directed by Chris Sonnex and babirye bukilwa

Starring the National Youth Theatre Playing Up Company 

'The master's tools will never dismantle the master's house’
- Audre Lorde

A new play by babirye bukilwa (...cake, Theatre Peckham, ...blackbird hour, Talawa Theatre, WATER, Small Truth Theatre). Directed by Chris Sonnex (Associate Artist at Hightide, We Anchor in Hope, Bunker Theatre) and babirye bukilwa, the master’s house explores the insidious nature of the patriarchy.

babirye's debut play …blackbird hour was shortlisted for the 2019 Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting, made the finals of the 2020 Women’s Prize for Playwriting, and was shortlisted for the 2020 Alfred Fagon Award. Chris was Artistic Director of the Bunker Theatre when it was named Fringe Theatre of the Year by The Stage Newspaper in 2020.

Starring exciting new talent from the National Youth Theatre’s Playing Up Company, with set and costume design by Zoe Hurwitz, lighting design by Simisola Majekodunmi, sound design by Mwen Music and Movement Direction by Louise Kempton. Promotional photograpy by Shingi Rice.

Stage production

Writer: babirye bukilwa
Directors: babirye bukilwa & Chris Sonnex
Set and Costume Designer: Zoe Hurwitz
Lighting Designer: Simisola Majekodunmi
Sound Designer: Mwen Music
Movement Director: Louise Kempton

Company Stage Manager: EJ Saunders 
Assistant Director Libby Devereux
Assistant Stage Manager: George Ruston (NYT member)
Deputy Stage Manager: Odette Robertson (NYT Member)
Costume Supervisor: Imogen Brown
Assistant Costume Supervisor: Ellie Roser
Lighting Operator Nat Scase (NYT Member)
Sounds Operator Caitlin Plummer (NYT Member)
Promotional Image Photographer Shingi Rice 
Rehearsal Photographer Ali Wright
Production Manager Felix Davies 
Course Assistant Placement: Henquang Zhang

Cast: Rihad Ahmed, Jemaijsce Anderson, Mariama Bah, Jaspreet Bance, Meg Bewley, Ranya Dool, Jemima Marie Borges, Izzy Bradley, Fae Campion, Alpha Condeh,  Eliezer Gore, Savannah Gracey, Nicole Ipsen, Somer Jones, Natasha Kabagweri, Lilli Mogg Harwood, Rachael Kasule, Ruzgar (Ru) Kure, Thomas Mikellides, Kira Moore, Monique Munroe, Brandon Nembhard, Lisa Rafuna, Liam Rushton, Laila Sajir, Ruby Simm-Papoui, Timur Wilson, Adam Thomas Wright

Film Response 

Directed by Chris Sonnex 
Written by babirye bukilwa
Edited by Matt Farthing 
Music by Mwen Music  
Production Coordinator EJ Saunders 
First Assistant Director: Odette Roberton 
Costume Supervisor: Imogen Brown 

Cast: Rihad Ahmed, Jemaijsce Anderson, Mariama Bah, Jaspreet Bance, Meg Bewley, Ranya Dool, Jemima Marie Borges, Izzy Bradley, Fae Campion, Alpha Condeh,  Eliezer Gore, Savannah Gracey, Nicole Ipsen, Somer Jones, Natasha Kabagweri, Lilli Mogg Harwood, Rachael Kasule, Ruzgar (Ru) Kure, Thomas Mikellides, Kira Moore, Monique Munroe, Brandon Nembhard, Lisa Rafuna, Liam Rushton, Laila Sajir, Ruby Simm-Papoui, Timur Wilson, Adam Thomas Wright

Playing Up is a free 10-month course in performance for young people not in education employment or training and offers a qualification equivalent to A Levels providing access to higher education. This practical-based course celebrates that young people learn in different ways and is a key part of NYT’s targeted inclusion work. Playing Up members regularly go on to study with the NYT REP Company and at leading universities and drama schools and professional work in the creative industries. Alumni include Seraphina Beh (Top Boy), Jacob Beswick (People, Places, Things), Gavi Singh Chera (Behind the Beautiful Forevers), Alice Vilanculo (Stage Edinburgh Award Winner 2019) and Ria Zmitrowicz (BAFTA Breakthrough Brit 2018.)

Find out more about Playing Up

National Youth Theatre would like to thank the following people and organisations for their support of Playing Up in the 2020/21 academic year: The JGA Group, The Portal Trust, The Ironmongers’ Company, The Clothworkers’ Foundation, The Harold Hyam Wingate Foundation, The Derek Hill Foundation, Charles S French Charitable Trust, Jacqueline Worswick, The Teale Charitable Foundation, Boris Karloff Charitable Foundation and Jack Petchey Foundation.

We would also like to thank our our principal supporters Arts Council England as well as all of NYT's Centre Stage Supporters and Investors in Talent.

Venue

Workshop Theatre, National Youth Theatre

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