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Genesis Future Directors Award winners for 2016 announced

15 January 2016

Ola Ince will direct Dutchman and Bryony Shanahan will direct trade. Tickets go on sale today.

Ola Ince will direct Amiri Baraka’s Dutchman (6 – 16 April 2016) and Bryony Shanahan will direct trade by debbie tucker green (16 – 26 November 2016). Both productions will run in the Young Vic’s Clare theatre.

 

Dutchman by Amiri Baraka
Wednesday 6 – Saturday 16 April 2016
The Clare

Genesis Future Directors Award recipient Ola Ince directs Amiri famously provocative intervention in the debate on race.

Two strangers meet on a subway train on an oppressively hot day: Lula, a white woman and Clay, a black man. Striking up a conversation that twists and turns through dangerous territory, the characters hurtle at full speed towards their fate. Written in the 1960s, Baraka’s powerful play explores the reality of race relations and freedom in America. Ola Ince’s production highlights its enduring relevance.

This rare revival of Dutchman is designed by Alex Lowde with light by Anna Watson. Casting is still to be announced.

Ola Ince first worked at the Young Vic in 2012 on One Million Tiny Plays About Britain and subsequently as Boris Karloff Assistant Director to Sacha Wares on Wild Swans. She is currently Resident Associate Director at the Lyric Hammersmith. Her work as a director includes: RachelThe Soft of Her Palm (Finborough) and Games (Pleasance). As an associate and assistant director credits include: Tipping the Velvet (Lyric Hammersmith & Royal Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh); Bugsy Malone (Lyric Hammersmith); Fog (UK Tour), Ma Rainey’s Black BottomDaraA Taste of Honey (National Theatre); Porgy & Bess(Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre) and Josephine & I (Bush Theatre).

Amiri Baraka was a poet, playwright and political activist. Born Everett LeRoi Jones, he changed his name multiple times during his lifetime finally settling on Amiri Baraka. These changes in identity reflect his shifting political beliefs from his involvement in the Beat movement to Black Nationalism and a conversion to Marxism. Over six decades Baraka established himself as a strong literary voice and a powerful orator. His published work, which encompasses poetry, plays and short stories includes: The Dead LecturerTransbluesencyThe Selected Poetry of Amiri Baraka/LeRoi Jones1961-1995Blues People: Negro Music in White AmericaBlack Magic and Dutchman, which was first performed off-Broadway in 1964, and won the Village Voice Obie Award in the same year.

Established in 2012, the Genesis Future Directors Award was created to nurture emerging directors by providing them with an opportunity to explore and develop their craft while creating their first fully resourced production at the Young Vic, recognised for its engagement with young directors. The Award will provide Ola Ince with mentoring and support from the theatre’s unique creative network, which includes Artistic Director David Lan, Genesis Fellow Gbolahan Obisesan, Lead Producer Daisy Heath and Associate Artistic Director Sue Emmas.

Dutchman by Amiri Baraka is directed by Ola Ince, recipient of the Genesis Future Directors Award 2016. Designed by Alex Lowde, light by Anna Watson.

No press night will be held for Dutchman due to the nature of the Genesis Future Directors Award.

 

trade by debbie tucker green
Wednesday 16 – Saturday 26 November 2016
The Clare

Genesis Future Directors Award recipient Bryony Shanahan directs debbie tucker green’s sharp examination of our transactional world.

Three women, Local, Regular and Novice, navigate their way through a series of powerful oppositions: here and there, attack and defence, us and them. Charged with undertones of exploitation and self-justification, fragments of dialogue offer an insight into their lives and the concept of financial and emotional trade.

Further details are to be announced.

Bryony Shanahan directs at the Young Vic for the first time. She is co-artistic director of Snuff Box Theatre and in 2014 she won a BBC Performing Arts Award to work at the Royal Exchange, where she assisted on Sarah Frankcom’s Hamletwith Maxine Peake. Other directing credits include: Weald (2016, Finborough Theatre); Operation Crucible (Finborough Theatre & UK tour); Boys Will Be Boys(Women Centre Stage, National Theatre); Bitch Boxer (Soho Theatre, national tour & Adelaide Fringe Festival) and Chapel Street (national tour). As an assistant and associate director, her credits include: The Skriker (Manchester International Festival, Royal Exchange), Our Country’s Good (National Theatre; as staff director) and Around The World In 80 Days (New Vic Theatre/Royal Exchange Theatre). In 2015, Bryony won the BBC Alumni Award.

debbie tucker green is an award-winning playwright, screenwriter and director. Her work returns to the Young Vic following dirty butterfly in 2014 and generations in 2007. Stage works include: hangtruth and reconciliationrandomstoning mary (Royal Court); trade (RSC/RSC at Soho); born bad (Hampstead) for which she won an Olivier Award in 2004 and then an OBIE award for the play’s Soho Rep production in 2011, and nut (National Theatre). TV and film credits include random, which won a BAFTA for Best Single Drama in 2012 and MVSA Award for Best UK Film in 2011 and second coming, which won the 2015 International Film Festival Rotterdam Big Screen Award and is also BAFTA nominated.

Established in 2012, the Genesis Future Directors Award was created to nurture emerging directors by providing them with an opportunity to explore and develop their craft while creating their first fully resourced production at the Young Vic, recognised for its engagement with young directors. The Award will provide Ola Ince with mentoring and support from the theatre’s unique creative network, which includes Artistic Director David Lan, Genesis Fellow Gbolahan Obisesan, Lead Producer Daisy Heath and Associate Artistic Director Sue Emmas.

trade by debbie tucker green is directed by Bryony Shanahan, recipient of the Genesis Future Directors Award 2016.

No press night will be held for trade due to the nature of the Genesis Future Directors Award.

 

Notes to Editors

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Listings

Dutchman
Wednesday 6 April – Saturday 16 April 2016
The Clare, Young Vic, 66 The Cut, Waterloo, London, SE1 8LZ
Performances: Monday to Saturday at 7.30pm | Matinees on Wednesday 13 and Saturday 16 April at 2.30pm
Tickets: £15.00, £10.00 concessions
Box Office: www.youngvic.org | 020 7922 2922

trade
Wednesday 16 November – Saturday 26 November 2016
The Clare, Young Vic, 66 The Cut, Waterloo, London, SE1 8LZ
Performances: Monday to Saturday at 8.00pm | Matinees on Wednesday 23 and Saturday 26 April at 3.00pm
Tickets: £15.00, £10.00 concessions
Box Office: www.youngvic.org | 020 7922 2922

Ola Ince and Bryony Shanahan are the sixth and seventh recipients of the Genesis Future Directors Award, following Rikki Henry (2015), Finn Beames (2014), Tinuke Craig (2014), Matthew Xia (2013) and Ben Kidd
(2012).

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