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With You Always

22 April

With You Always is a new play by BBC award-winning playwright Mark Ralph-Bowman.

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John Sailsman (actor, writer, director) is directing us. I’ve never worked with Mark, John or any of the cast for that matter so this is another exciting and new adventure. With You Always looks at western development investment in the African continent. The conflict between what is provided and what the people who are meant to be benifitting from that investment actually need. My character is Dambisa Jakande. I’ve had my own troubled past but at the time the play starts, you see me confident in my own environment at the offices of Tare Muke, the Non-Governmental Organisation I have set up with a couple of other people, Christopher and Edriam, who are like my family. I’m in charge and doing my best, trying to work it all out on my own. As the play progresses, secrets are revealed and relationships tested. I have to face up to some painful self-truths and make big decisions about my future and the kind of person I want to be in the world. What I especially love about this play is that the performance will use some physical theatre to express the feelings of the characters, music, song and digitial media for special effects. It is modern and experimental. At this stage, we are in workshop mode. By mid-May we aim to have identified key extracts of the play to present in a taster performance on 19th May 2015 at the Simpkins Lee Theatre in Oxford. It’s a great opportunity to play and explore my character Dambisa’s morals, thoughts and decision-making with feedback from an audience. Plus of course meet and work with new people and pretend that, amidst the drama, I am somewhere in West Africa, eating mangos, coconuts, drinking pineapple juice, walking by the sea, feeling the sunshine…

Our performance of With You Always on 19th May is open to the public, come along, experience and share this new play with us if you can!

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