First Look Readings – Some Of Us Are Brave by Adura Onashile

First Look Readings is the Traverse’s celebration of new writing, in which three Traverse-commissioned plays will be performed in front of an audience for the very first time, script-in-hand by professional actors. Brennan Artist Adura Onashile‘s Some of Us Are Brave is the first of the season’s plays.

We won’t be one of those couples that have a secret language that we display in public.
God, no!
And we won’t have any secrets?
No, no secrets

Lola and Sam are in love. Lola is Black. Sam is White. Set over a weekend at Sam’s brother’s wedding, their relationship slowly unravels in a tangled web of sex, lies and internalised racism.

THU 25 OCT, 7PM

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Breakfast Plays: YOUTHQUAKE – Traverse Theatre

World premiere

youthquake noun
A significant cultural, political or social change arising from the actions or influence of young people.

Three young Scottish playwrights from the Traverse Young Writers’ group join forces with three leading British writers to explore a pressing question of our time: how can the younger generation be a catalyst for social and political change?

Paired with pieces from their professional mentors, this brave new body of work from young voices is a defiant demand to be seen as more than avocado-fuelled millennials.

Kick start your festival day with these script-in-hand readings, and enjoy a breakfast roll and tea/coffee with your ticket.

Old Enough written by Laurie Motherwell

Tonight the age of adulthood is increasing to 25. Jo is 20 and Poll is 26. What starts as a celebration of more care-free years becomes an exploration of what could be lost more than gained.

Cast includes: Joanna Tope  (also appearing in Grout)

Fu**ing Millennials directed by Adura Onashile

Iain is a jaded, aging teacher in a state of personal crisis. When he blunders into an Edinburgh brothel only to find his former student Zara working there, both are drawn into a generational sparring match about work, intimacy and responsibility for the state of the world we inherit.

Cast includes: Mark McDonnell 

Squall directed by Adura Onashile

Every school in Scotland has had lockdown drills for years. Drills keep students safe. Prepared for the worst-case scenario. Erin, Alice and Rob are stuck in a safe room with nothing to do but argue. About the drills. The drills that keep them safe. Because it’s always just a drill, right?

Cast includes: Mark McDonnell 

The Things I Would Tell You: Words From Three Young British Muslim Women

Inspired by the anthology of the same name, three young British Muslim women explore what it is they should tell you, us, themselves and what they want to tell you, us, themselves in a mash up of poetry, discussion and song.

Cast includes: Neshla Caplan

Lurker 

On the 15th June, 2017, teenage blogger Verity McAlpine disappeared. She stopped uploading videos, let her Instagram go stale and abandoned her Twitter followers. Anya Kine has a theory about the disappearance. How far will she go to uncover the truth?

Cast includes: Neshla Caplan

Further information on dates and times here

 

Creditors: Royal Lyceum, Edinburgh

Starring Adura Onashile at the Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh. The run begins 27th April.

Young artist, Adolph is in love with his new wife, the successful novelist Tekla, and why would he not be? Charming, vivacious and experienced, she has been his passion, his inspiration and his education.

As he anxiously awaits her return to their seaside retreat, Adolph finds solace in the words of a stranger. But comfort soon turns to destruction as old wounds are opened, insecurities laid bare and former debts settled in a tight spiral of psychological manipulation, love, betrayal and revenge.

More information can be found here.

Adura Onashile

Congratulations to Adura Onashile who has been awarded Channel 4 Playwrights’ Scheme Bursary.

Adura has already embarked upon one-year attachment with the Traverse Theatre. Their principal task over the 12 months is to write at least one full-length play. She will also have the opportunity to submit her play for the Sonia Friedman Productions Award in the year following her bursary.

Playwrights were nominated by UK theatre Artistic Directors, with the five winners selected by the scheme’s panel chaired by Sir Richard Eyre and including Film4’s Commissioning Executive Julia Oh and Channel 4’s Head of Development for Drama, Matthew Wilson.

Adura has also been announced as the National Theatre of Scotland’s Artist in Residence. Find out more at the NTS website.

Scotland On Demand

Adura has been working with Scotland On Demand, a fantastic new talent development opportunity for emerging minority ethnic writers and creative producers to create a 10-minute scripted pilot for digital broadcast, supported by Sky Drama and Creative Scotland.
Over five months Scotland on Demand has supported Adura and two other diverse, Scottish based writer and creative producer teams in the development of a 10-minute shooting script, to be showcased at a rehearsed table read on 14th September to an audience of industry, broadcasters and commissioners.

 

2017 BBC Writers Room – Adura Onashile

 Adura Onashile has been selected as one of 20 writers on the 2017 BBC Writersroom Drama Room scheme.

The Drama Room is a six-month scheme which offers targeted training and development including workshops, masterclasses, introductions and networking events, the aim of which is to encourage and develop the best in new drama writing and to give these writers the opportunity to build strong connections with producers and help them gain BBC broadcast commissions.