"Typical" Ryan Calais Cameron dir. Anastasia Osei-Kuffour.
WEDNESDAY 26TH JUNE
The Ditch, Rivington Room
What is the cost of a typical night out? An ex-serviceman who has spent his life fighting for his country finds new battles in a society fighting against him. From the makers of 2018 hit Queens of Sheba comes this powerful new play by Ryan Calais Cameron confronting the daily tensions experienced by Black men as they negotiate life, while constantly feeling like their own lives are on the line. Typical uncovers the man and the humanity behind a tragic real-life story, challenging traditional conceptions of Black manhood and highlighting the crisis of identity consuming Britain today.
RYAN CALAIS CAMERON
Ryan is the winner of the 2018 Off West End Adopt A Playwright Award for his play RHAPSODY, which was produced at the Arcola in March 2018. He is an alumnus of the Royal Court writer’s programme 2017 and the Soho Young Company 2016/17.
Ryan’s play QUEENS OF SHEBA won the 2018 Edinburgh Untapped Award having played to sell-out audiences at the Camden Peoples Theatre in October 2017. Its 4 week run at Edinburgh Fringe Fest 2018 sold out, garnering 4 and 5 star reviews across the board and winning the Edinburgh Stage Award 2018.
Ryan is currently on attachment with the Royal Court Theatre and has also been commissioned by the Royal Court Theatre. For Talawa Theatre Company, Ryan co-created The Tide, Talawa's first ever show created exclusively for outdoor performance.
ANASTASIA OSEI-KUFFOUR is a writer and director trained through the Young Vic Directors Programme.
She is currently Trainee Artistic Director at tiata fahodzi theatre company as part of the Artistic Director Leadership Programme and is artistic director of Wrested Veil theatre company.
Direction includes: Cuttin' It (Royal Court, UK schools tour); Footprints on the Moon (Finborough Theatre); An Adventure — an excerpt (Bush Theatre ); Cell (Young Vic); Here Comes the Bride (Black Lives, Black Words at Bush Theatre); All the Ways to Say Goodbye (Young Vic); Hosea’s Girl (Talawa Studio Firsts); Dishonour, You Know That I’ll Be Back, Universally Speaking (Theatre 503); Pushers (Etcetera Theatre).
Associate and Assistant Director credits include: good dog (Spring 2019 National Tour); mixed brain (Roundabout, Summer Hall Edinburgh); Macbeth, Romeo and Juliet (National Theatre, Stratford Circus, UK schools tour); Cuttin’ It — as part of the Young Vic’s Jerwood Assistant Director Programme, supported by the Jerwood Charitable Foundation (Young Vic, Royal Court, Birmingham REP, Sheffield Theatres and The Yard Theatre); Flowering Cherry, Alpha Beta, Andy Capp (Finborough); Three Generations of Women (Greenwich Theatre);
Plaques and Tangles (Royal Court); Idomenus (GateTheatre); Henry the Fifth (Unicorn Theatre); and — as Boris Karloff Trainee Assistant Director — A Doll’s House (Young Vic).