Talawa Theatre Company and Royal Court Theatre proudly present Nicôle Lecky’s Superhoe, directed by Jade Lewis.
Plaistow. Sasha Clayton’s 24 and living with her mum, step-dad, and irritating little sister.
She’s gone from being the most popular girl at school, to spending most of her time on her own in her bedroom scrolling through social media.
She may not have a job or a flat, and her boyfriend’s not answering her calls; but she's got talent and a dream – when she releases her first EP everything’s going to change.
Superhoe is Nicôle Lecky’s Royal Court writing and performing debut and is directed by Jade Lewis who previously assisted debbie tucker green on 2017’s a profoundly affectionate, passionate devotion to someone (-noun).
Superhoe is a Talawa Theatre Company and the Royal Court Theatre co-production.
The Big Idea: Post-show Talk | Tue 12 Feb
Writer/performer Nicôle Lecky will be in conversation with Royal Court Young Agitators. This event is free with a ticket to that evening’s performance.
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“I’m a singer slash rapper. I’m not the sort of girl that will be working in fucking Wetherspoons for 8 pounds an hour.”
★★★★ "full of wit, truth and blazing feeling"
★★★★★ "deeply affecting"
★★★★ "as funny as it is bleak"
Writer/Performer/Lyrics/Music - Nicôle Lecky
As performer, theatre includes: The Tenant of Wildfell Hall/The Railway Children(Octagon, Bolton); This Heaven (Finborough).
As performer, television includes: SENSE8, Death in Paradise, Doctors, Casualty, Silent Witness, Edge of Heaven, Fresh Meat.
Nicôle is an English-Jamaican writer and actress from the East End. She was part of Soho Theatre’s Writers Lab 2016-2017 and Talawa Firsts 2018 and is a recent recipient of the Creative Skillset & Dancing Ledge Productions’ High-end Television Levy Writers’ Bursary. Nicôle story-lined for Series 3 of Ackley Bridge and wrote Student Body for The Almeida for their participation programme. She also wrote for series 1 & 2 of Eastenders: E20, as well as story-lining at Big Talk for the E4 series Youngers.
Director - Jade Lewis
As assistant director, for the Royal Court: a profoundly affectionate, passionate devotion to someone (-noun).
As writer/director, theatre includes: Astro Babies (Ovalhouse).
As director, theatre includes: Extinguished Things (Summerhall/Adelaide Fringe); Quarter Life Crisis (Underbelly/Soho); On the Edge of Me (Soho/Rich Mix).
As movement director, theatre includes: Followers (Southwark).
As assistant director, other theatre includes: Nine Night (National/Trafalgar Studios); The Convert, Iphigenia Quartet (Gate); Madness Sweet Madness (Martin Harris, Manchester/Lantern, Liverpool); Venus/Mars (Old Red Lion/Bush).
Jade was a Boris Karloff Trainee Assistant Director at the Young Vic. She was a Creative Associate at The Gate Theatre and one of Ovalhouse’s Emerging Artist team. She has also directed and assisted on community projects for Southwark Playhouse, Southbank Centre, Company 3 and The Young Vic.
Lighting - Prema Mehta
Theatre includes: Things of Dry Hours (Young Vic); East is East (& Northern Stage), Hercules, Holes (Nottingham Playhouse); A Passage to India (Royal & Derngate, Northampton/UK tour); Mighty Atoms (Hull Truck); Everything is Possible: The York Suffragettes, Murder, Margaret & Me (Theatre Royal, York); Talking Heads (Leeds Playhouse); Love, Lies & Taxidermy, Growth, I Got Superpowers for My Birthday (Paines Plough); Coming Up, Jefferson’s Garden, Fourteen (Watford Palace); Wipers, Made in India (UK tour); Lady Anna: All at Sea (Theatre Royal, Bath/UK tour); Red Snapper (Belgrade, Coventry); The Electric Hills (Liverpool Everyman); The Great Extension (Theatre Royal Stratford East); The Snow Queen (Derby Theatre); Jack & the Beanstalk, Beauty & the Beast (Queen’s, Hornchurch); Huddle (Unicorn); Of Kith & Kin (& Bush), Chicken Soup (Crucible, Sheffield); Fame (Selladoor/UK tour); The Wizard of Oz (Storyhouse); A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Curve, Leicester); With a Little Bit of Luck (Latitude Festival); Spring Awakening (National Youth Music Theatre).
Dance includes: Bells (Mayor of London Presents: Showtime Festival); The Puppini Sisters (Bloomsbury); Penguin Café (Cochrane/London College of Fashion); Spill (Düsseldorf); Sufi Zen (Royal Festival Hall); Dhamaka (O2 Arena); Maaya (Westminster Hall).
Music - The Last Skeptik
Corin Douieb AKA The Last Skeptik is a DJ, producer and composer who has toured the world and scored music for television, commercials, film and theatre. His solo debut album Thanks For Trying was released on BBE Records and was a genre-defying journey through hip-hop and electronic music. This was followed by This Is Where It Gets Good in 2017 – supported by Complex, BBC Radio 1, 1Xtra and The Quietus, the album featured an orchestra of musicians and navigated a dark, twisted journey through surviving in London, battling with mental health problems and coming out the other side.
Skeptik’s latest release, Under the Patio, features artists such as Kojey Radical, The Manor and Doc Brown, and was featured heavily on Apple Music and Spotify’s curated playlists. Recent years have seen Skeptik produce for some of the UK’s best and most diverse artists (including the likes of Giggs and Mikill Pane), have guest mixes featured on Vice, I-D, DefJam.com, BBC Radio 1 and 1Xtra, as well as compose the soundtrack to a BAFTA nominated short film, Island Queen.
As a touring DJ, Skeptik has performed around the globe at events such as Coachella and SXSW, toured India, Japan and the Middle East, supported Charli XCX on her US tour and opened for the likes of 2Chainz, Damon Albarn, The Libertines, Childish Gambino and Wu Tang Clan. His Forbes Magazine recommended podcast Thanks For Trying has sold out theatres and is regularly on the front page of iTunes, hosting special guests such as Taika Waititi, Katherine Ryan, Romesh Ranganathan, Sara Pascoe, Kurupt FM & Ed Skrein among many others.
Sound Designer - Emma Laxton
For the Royal Court: Rita, Sue & Bob Too (& Out of Joint).
Other theatre includes: Uncle Vanya (Hampstead); Measure for Measure, The York Realist, The Lady from the Sea, Limehouse (Donmar); Sweet Charity (Nottingham Playhouse); Elizabeth (Barbican); The Writer (Almeida); The Country Wife, random/generations, The Chalk Garden, The House They Grew Up In, Forty Years On (Chichester Festival); Titus Andronicus (RSC/Barbican); Julius Caesar, The Effect (Crucible, Sheffield); See Me Now (Young Vic); Breaking the Code, All My Sons, A Doll’s House, Three Birds, The Accrington Pals (Royal Exchange, Manchester); Ghosts, The Oresteia (HOME, Manchester); Made in Dagenham (Queen’s, Hornchurch/New Wolsey, Ipswich).
Awards include: Falstaff Award for Best Sound Design/Original Score (Coriolanus).
Emma was previously Deputy Head of Sound for the Royal Court, the Associate Sound Designer for the National Theatre’s production of War Horse and an Associate Artist at the Bush Theatre.
Design Consultant - Chloe Lamford
For the Royal Court: Pity, Gundog, My Mum’s a Twat, Grimly Handsome [co-creator], The Site Programme, Victory Condition, B, Road, Nuclear War, Unreachable, Ophelia’s Zimmer (& Schaubühne, Berlin), How to Hold Your Breath, God Bless the Child, 2071, Teh Internet Is Serious Business, Open Court 2013, Circle Mirror Transformation.
Other theatre includes: Hamilton Complex (Schauspielhaus, Bochum); John, Amadeus, Rules for Living, The World of Extreme Happiness (National); 1984 (Headlong/Almeida/West End/Broadway); The Maids (Toneelgroep, Amsterdam); The Tempest, Salt Root & Roe (Donmar); Shakespeare’s Last Play, Atmen (Schaubühne, Berlin); Our Ladies of Perpetual Succour (& Live/National/West End/International tour), My Shrinking Life, An Appointment with the Wicker Man, Knives in Hens (National Theatre of Scotland); Britney & Goofy, Het Hamiltoncomplex (Hetpaleis, Antwerp); The Events (ATC/Young Vic); Disco Pigs, Sus, Blackta [costume] (Young Vic); Praxis Makes Perfect, The Radicalisation of Bradley Manning (National Theatre Wales); Boys (Headlong/Soho); Jubilee, Cannibals, The Gate Keeper (Royal Exchange, Manchester); My Romantic History (& Bush), The History Boys (Crucible, Sheffield); Joseph K, The Kreutzer Sonata (Gate); it felt empty… (Clean Break/Arcola); Everything Must Go!, This Wide Night (Soho); The Mother Ship, How to Tell the Monsters from the Misfits (Birmingham Rep); Small Miracle (Kiln/Mercury, Colchester).
Opera & dance includes: Verklärte Nacht (Rambert, Chor: Kim Brandstrup); Miranda (Opera Comique, Paris); Ariadne Auf Naxos, Alcina, Pelleas & Melisande (Aix-en-Provence Festival); The Little Sweep, Let’s Make an Opera (Malmo Opera House, Sweden); The Magic Flute (English Touring Opera); War & Peace (Scottish Opera/RCS).
Awards include: Arts Foundation Fellowship Award for Design for Performance in Set & Costume, Theatrical Management Association Award for Best Theatre Design (Small Miracle).
Costume Designer - Kiera Liberati
Kiera is a forward thinking fashion/celebrity stylist and consultant based in London. Working across all aspects of styling and creative consulting, her work covers editorial, music videos, press and marketing material, campaigns and branding, art direction and editing.
Kiera has styled artists including Zara Larsson, Wretch 32, The Manor, Julie Adenuga, Niall Horan, Mic Lowry, Liam Gallagher, Future, WSTRN and Tink for various campaigns, television and live events, including The Jonathan Ross Show, BBC Live Lounge and Push magazine. She has also styled music videos for artists such as J Hus, Little Mix, Big Shaq, Geko, Alex Hepburn and Nick Brewer.
Kiera’s commercial work includes campaigns for Reebok, K-Swiss, Adidas, Lynx, Nike and USA Pro. She is currently the Fashion Director for Notion Magazine.
Graphics & Video Designer - Ewan Jones Morris
Ewan is a filmmaker, director and animator who takes a multidisciplinary approach to filmmaking, combining live action, collage, stop motion and CGI to transform the ordinary and explore imagined inner worlds. His music video work has attracted a number of awards, having directed and co-directed videos for the likes of John Grant, Leftfield, DJ Shadow, The Human League, Cate Le Bon and Anna Meredith. Ewan has collaborated with artist Bedwyr Williams on a number of films including Starry Messenger, Echt, Century Egg and most recently Flexure which screened as part of Williams’ Barbican exhibition in The Curve.
Ewan collaborated with comedian Daniel Kitson, creating films of his theatre pieces It’s Always Right Now Until It’s Later and Tree, and his work is regularly featured at Adam Buxton’s BFI fixture BUG. Ewan’s recent BFI funded short film This Far Up won a Bafta Cymru award for best short in 2017.
His most recent collaboration was on TBCTV, a performance and moving image exhibition for Somerset House Studios with Mel Brimfield and Royal Court Associate Designer Chloe Lamford.
Movement Director - Sara Dos Santos
Theatre includes: Astro Babies (Ovalhouse); Rainman (The Place); Miles Ahead (Cochrane); Four Walls (Peepul Center, Leicester).
As choreographer, theatre includes: Frontline (The Place); Journey’s (Trinity Centre, Bristol); Redemption (Trinity Laban); Missing Her (Centro Cultural UGF, Brazil); Traded (Swan, Wycombe).
Awards include: British Council IETM Porto Bursary Award; Neriah Kumah Legacy Gift supported by One Dance UK; One Dance UK – Dancers Mentoring Programme Award.
Sara is a London based movement artist, choreographer and movement director, working across multiple disciplines of theatre, performance installations and film. She runs a variation of movement and dance workshops for institutions and community groups across the UK. Sara was Artistic Director of Curve Creative Dance Company 2017-18 and of East London Youth Dance Company 2015-17.Book Now
★★★★★ “Superhoe is an engaging and hyper-provocative solo piece that shines a light on the perils new generations face and Nicôle Lecky establishes herself as a multi-talented artist with more than one trick up her sleeve.”