Home Truths | Free Word

27 November 2019
19:00 - 20:30

Presented by:
Free Word and The Upsetters

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A showcase of brand new monologues on ‘Home’ by writers of colour hosted by The Upsetters


The Upsetters present an evening of original monologues by writers of colour exploring home as a human right, displacement and hope.  Hassan Abdulrazzak, Twayna Mayne and Ava Wong Davies will showcase brand new work specially commissioned for the Writing Our Way Home season, performed by actors in an intimate performance setting. Join us for a moving, funny and unfiltered scratch night exploring home truths.

Hassan Abdulrazzak is an Iraqi playwright who is currently commissioned by the Royal Shakespeare Company and Synergy Theatre. He received the George Devine, Meyer-Whitworth and Pearson Theatre awards as well as the Arab British Centre Award for Culture. Twayna Mayne is a writer and stand-up comedian who had a BBC Radio 4 series commissioned in 2018, due for broadcast in late 2019. She was part of the 2018/19 Soho Theatre Writer’s Lab. Ava Wong Davies is a playwright and theatre critic. She was the 2018 recipient of The Sunday Times Harold Hobson award, and is an alumni of the Soho Theatre Writers Lab 18/19. She is currently one of the Bush Theatre’s Emerging Writers. The Upsetters create theatre that is written, directed and performed by artists of colour.

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27 November 2019
19:00 - 20:30
£6 / £5 (30 & under)

Free Word and The Upsetters

BIOS

Hassan Abdulrazzak

Playwright

Hassan Abdulrazzak is an Iraqi playwright who is currently commissioned by the Royal Shakespeare Company and Synergy Theatre. He has translated many prominent Arab playwrights including Wael Qadour, Abdullah Alkafri, Jawad Alassadi, Hanane Hajj Ali, Laila Soliman and Imad Farajin. The translations were commissioned by the Royal Court Theatre, the Lark Theatre and Heinrich Böll Stiftung amongst others. He has contributed to several anthologies including Iraq+100 (Comma Press, 2016) and Don’t Panic, I’m Islamic (Saqi books, 2017). He is the recipient of George Devine, Meyer-Whitworth, Pearson theatre awards as well as the Arab British Centre Award for Culture. Love, Bombs and Apples won the Bay Area theatre award for outstanding production in 2018.

Twayna Mayne

Writer and Comedian

Twayna Mayne is a writer and stand up comedian. She began performing in 2010 and her distinctive style paired with her deliciously honest material took her to the finals of numerous competitions. Her highly anticipated debut show Black Girl achieved excellent critical acclaim at the 2017 Edinburgh Fringe. In 2018 she had her own BBC Radio 4 series commissioned, which is due for broadcast in late 2019. In 2018 her sitcom script made it onto the longlist for the BBC Writersroom Comedy Room. Until recently she was part of the 2018/19 Soho Theatre Writer's Lab where she developed her first full length play.

Ava Wong Davies

Playwright and Theatre Critic

Ava Wong Davies is a playwright and theatre critic from London. She is the 2018 recipient of The Sunday Times Harold Hobson award, and is an alumni of the Soho Theatre Writers Lab 18/19. She is currently one of the Bush Theatre’s Emerging Writers, and her debut play “i will still be whole (when you rip me in half)” will premiere as part of The Bunker’s Autumn 2019 season.

PARTNERS

ACCESS

There is step-free access to all areas of Free Word and a number of other facilities available to make the venue accessible. 

  • Our box office, theatre and hall are all on the ground floor with step-free access from the street
  • Meeting rooms and offices are accessible by lift from the ground floor
  • There are two accessible toilets on the ground floor. All our toilets are individual, gender neutral cubicles
  • Hearing loops are available at the box office and the theatre for this event.
  • The foyer and café areas are our designated quiet spaces – if you need to leave the event at any time, you’re welcome to use these areas
  • If you need to bring someone for assistance, please get in touch with us so we can provide a free ticket for them
  • The event is now being captioned using the mobile app ‘The Difference Engine’. Information is available here: https://differenceengineaccess.wordpress.com/There will be instructions for this on the evening, and a few smartphones provided to help/for those who don’t have one

Please talk to our team if you have specific access requirements.

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