Twelfth Night | Behind the Scenes with our Community Chorus

Come backstage with us, to the loud and bubbly atmosphere of the dressing rooms where our fantastic Community Chorus are getting ready for a performance of Twelfth Night.

Many have a pre-existing love of the theatre – some participating in previous Taking Part community productions, some totally new to the stage.

The 60-strong Young Vic Community Chorus for Twelfth Night spans many different backgrounds, generations and stories. The youngest chorus member is 18, whilst the oldest is in her mid-80s.

Cathy, 86, spent her working life in war zones for the United Nations. She can now be found on the Young Vic stage 4 nights a week. After a spell in Matthew Bourne’s company, Neil found himself homeless, which is how he came to be in Go Between, a Young Vic Taking Part production which was performed by a company who had all had some form of contact with homelessness, either directly or indirectly. Neil now works for St Mungo’s, and brought a group from the hostel to see him perform.

They share the stage with 18, 19 and 20 year-olds who come from our local boroughs of Southwark and Lambeth.

Amongst the backstage hubbub, we captured some quieter moments to gain an insight into what happens behind the scenes of our “joyous and dazzlingly colourful musical adaptation of Shakespeare’s comedy at the Young Vic.

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Community chorus preparing for the stage. Photo by Leon Puplett.

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Community chorus preparing for the stage. Photo by Leon Puplett.

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Lending a hand. Photo by Leon Puplett.

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Doing hair in the dressing room. Photo by Leon Puplett.

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Final checks backstage. Photo by Leon Puplett.

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Some extra curricular. Photo by Leon Puplett.

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Seeing it from the audience’s perspective. Photo by Leon Puplett.

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Backstage excitement of some of our Community Chorus. Photo by Leon Puplett.

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The community atmosphere, on stage. Photo by Leon Puplett.

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Watching from the wings. Photo by Leon Puplett.

Twelfth Night runs at the Young Vic until 19 Nov. Book Tickets now.

Head to our website to find out more about Taking Part and how you can get involved in their future projects, workshops and productions.

Things of Dry Hours production photos

Directed by 2018 Genesis Award winner Debbie Hannan, weaving the spiritual into the political, Things of Dry Hours interrogates the idea that humans cannot change; are we really all that black and white?

In a strictly limited run in our Clare studio until 25 August, check out Emun Elliot, Michelle Asante and Jude Akuwudike in photos by Camilla Greenwell.

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Jude Akuwudike & Michelle Asante in Things of Dry Hours. Photo by Camilla Greenwell.

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Emun Elliot in Things of Dry Hours. Photo by Camilla Greenwell.

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Emun Elliot in Things of Dry Hours. Photo by Camilla Greenwell.

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Jude Akuwudike & Michelle Asante in Things of Dry Hours. Photo by Camilla Greenwell.

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Jude Akuwudike & Michelle Asante in Things of Dry Hours. Photo by Camilla Greenwell.

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Emun Elliot & Jude Akuwudike in Things of Dry Hours. Photo by Camilla Greenwell.

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Jude Akuwudike in Things of Dry Hours. Photo by Camilla Greenwell.

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Emun Elliot in Things of Dry Hours. Photo by Camilla Greenwell.

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Michelle Asante in Things of Dry Hours. Photo by Camilla Greenwell.

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Emun Elliot, Michelle Asante & Jude Akuwudike in Things of Dry Hours. Photo by Camilla Greenwell.

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Michelle Asante & Emun Elliot in Things of Dry Hours. Photo by Camilla Greenwell.

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Michelle Asante & Emun Elliot in Things of Dry Hours. Photo by Camilla Greenwell.

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Emun Elliot & Michelle Asante in Things of Dry Hours. Photo by Camilla Greenwell.

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Michelle Asante in Things of Dry Hours. Photo by Camilla Greenwell.

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Emun Elliot in Things of Dry Hours. Photo by Camilla Greenwell.

11 Questions with Eleanor Kane | Fun Home

Eleanor Kane plays Medium Alison in our current Main House production Fun Home. These are her 11 Questions…

1. Can you describe your character in Fun Home in three words?

Brave, intuitive, hopeful.

2.  What’s your favourite thing about working with Sam Gold?

Providing a skeleton within which you have freedom to play and explore.

3. What can the audience expect from this production that’s different to anything else they are likely to have seen before?

A musical that is incredibly intelligent and delicate.

4. What invention do you think the world is lacking right now?

A PEACE MACHINE!

5. What is your favourite project you have worked on as an actor?

Fun Home!

6. What are you usually doing 10 minutes before the show begins?

Lying on the floor, trying to focus on what lies ahead.

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Eleanor Kane as Medium Alison in Fun Home. Photo by Marc Brenner.

7. If you could travel anywhere in the universe, where would you go and why?
The top of Mount Everest so I could say I’ve been at the top of the world.

8. Who is your ultimate hero and what would you say to them if you ever met them?

No joke…it’s Aretha Franklin!! She’s always been my biggest inspiration. If I ever met her I’d just thank her for everything she’s helped me and so many others through by her art.

9. What was it that first got you interested in theatre?

Watched a production of David Greig’s Dunsinane and wanted to evoke that level of epic power on stage.

10. What is your favourite midnight snack?

Toast and hummus

11. If you could have been born in any era, which would it be and why?

The 60s, to live through the birth of rock’n’roll and major social change.

Fun Home runs until 1 Sept. Find out more about the production here. Tickets are sold out but you are welcome to queue for returns before each performance. 

Top image: Eleanor Kane and Cherrelle Skeete. Photo by Marc Brenner. 

Win a pair of tickets to the sold-out Tony Award-winning musical Fun Home

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Become a Friend of the YV by midnight on Thursday 16 August and you’ll be in with a chance to win a pair of tickets to a sold out-performance of the Tony Award-winning musical Fun Home on Thursday 30 August. Join us for an exclusive pre-show drinks reception with some of our supporters before you enjoy the show.

By becoming a Friend you’ll be supporting the Directors Program, our unique training program for emerging directors, and Taking Part, our deep rooted education and engagement program in our local area.

We are dedicated to nurturing the next generation of artists and enhancing the lives of our local community. Come join us.

How to Enter?

Sign up to become a Friend or Good Friend of the Young Vic before midnight on Thursday 16 August and email friends@youngvic.org to confirm your entry.

Terms and Conditions

The winner will be selected at random from entrants and contacted on Thursday 23 August. Entrants must become a YV Friend or Good Friend before midnight on Thursday 16 August 2018 to enter. 1 pair of tickets for the Fun Home performance at 19:30 on Thursday 30 August.

Jenna Russell in Fun Home at the Young Vic. Photo by Marc Brenner

11 Questions with Kaisa Hammarlund | Fun Home

We took some time out to sit down with the wonderful Kaisa Hammarlund who plays Adult Alison in the critically acclaimed musical Fun Home which is currently playing to sell-out audiences at the Young Vic.

1. Can you describe your character in Fun Home in three words?

Be-quiffed, Lesbian, Cartoonist

2. What’s you’re favourite thing about working with the director Sam Gold?

His attempts at cockney rhyming slang! And his wonderful patience.

3. What can the audience expect from this production that’s different to anything else they are likely to have seen before?

A lesbian protagonist and a fake Tiffany lamp!

4. What invention do you think the world is lacking right now?

An environmental conscience.

5. What are you usually doing 10 minutes before the show begins?

I’ll be putting gel in my Bechdel-quiff!

6. What is your favourite project you have worked on as an actor?

Why, this of course! And I loved playing Charity in Sweet Charity at the lovely Royal Exchange in Manchester.

7. Is you could travel anywhere in the universe, where would you go and why?

I’d go to Australia to have a quick post-show cocktail with my best Swedish mate.

8. What was it that first got you interested in the theatre?

It was on a school trip to see a local production of Blood Brothers.

9. Who is your ultimate hero, and what would you say to them if you ever met them?

I’m with them in my dressing room every day! The ladies of Fun Home.

10. What is your favourite midnight snack?

Anything pickled!

11. If you could have been born in any era, which would it be and why?

800 AD in the Viking Age of Scandinavia. When men and women were equal warriors!

Fun Home runs at the Young Vic until 1 Sept. Find out more about the production here. Tickets are sold out but you are welcome to queue for returns on the day.

Twelfth Night | Cast Announcement

We’re extremely excited to announce the cast of Twelfth Night, Kwame’s first YV adaptation as Artistic Director. Conceived by Kwame Kwei-Armah and Shaina Taub,  with music & lyrics by Shaina Taub and direction by Kwame Kwei-Armah and Oskar Eustis.

A community chorus of 60 members from Southwark and Lambeth will perform alongside the professional artists below.

Melissa Allan (Feste)
Gabrielle Brooks (Viola)
Gerard Carey (Malvolio)
Natalie Dew (Olivia)
Martyn Ellis (Sir Toby Belch)
Gbemisola Ikumelo (Maria)
Jyuddah Jaymes (Sebastian)
Jonathan Livingstone (Antonio)
Silas Wyatt-Barke (Andrew Aguecheek)
Rupert Young (Duke Orsino)

Meet our wonderful company…

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Melissa Allan | Feste
Theatre includes: A Christmas Carol (Old Vic); Our Ladies of Perpetual Succour (NTS/National Theatre); Gemma (Playwrights’ Studio Scotland); Phantom of the Opera, Miss Saigon, Sweeney Todd (Aberdeen Youth Musical Theatre Group); and Westside Story (Leading Lights Theatre Group).

 

 

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Theatre includes: The Way of the World (Donmar Warehouse); The Wizard of Oz (Sheffield Crucible); Everybody’s Talking about Jamie (Sheffield Crucible); Queen Anne (RSC/Theatre Royal Haymarket); Lazarus (King’s Cross Theatre); Perfect Pitch Musical (St James Theatre); Red Snapper (Belgrade Theatre); Synergy Play Readings (Theatre 503); The Strangers Case (Liverpool Everyman); The Book of Mormon (Prince of Wales); I Can’t Sing (London Palladium); Our House (Savoy Theatre),  Avenue Q (UK and Ireland Tour) and Hairspray (UK and Ireland Tour)
Concerts include: The Light Princess (National Theatre)
Television and film includes: Coming Down The Mountain and Notes of a Scandal.

 

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Theatre includes: The Jungle (Playhouse Theatre); A Christmas Carol (RSC); Half a Sixpence (Noel Coward Theatre); Shrek the Musical (UK Tour); Dickens Abridged (Arts Theatre); Soho Cinders (Soho Theatre); Master Class (Vaudeville Theatre); Ex (Soho theatre); Butcher, Noises Off(Birmingham Old Rep); Invisible Man (Menier Chocolate Factory); His Dark Materials (National Tour); Jack and the Beanstalk (About Productions); Spamalot (Palace Theatre); Peter Pan, Alice in Wonderland, Wizard of Oz (Birmingham Rep); A Midsummer Nights Dream, Taming of the Shrew, Leonardo’s Last Supper, Two Gentlemen of Verona, High Society (New Shakespeare Company/ Regents Open Air); Cinderella (Oxford Playhouse); Mary Poppins (Prince Edward Theatre).
Film and television includes: Bound, Love Soup and Torchwood.

 

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Theatre includes: Deposit and Fault Lines (Hampstead Theatre); Breaking the Code (Royal Exchange Theatre); Human Animals, The Internet is Serious Business and Rough Cuts (Royal Court); Bend it Like Beckham (Phoenix Theatre); Twelfth Night (Liverpool Everyman Theatre); Romeo and Juliet (National Theatre); Arab Nights (Metta Theatre) Rest Upon the Wind (A.M. Productions); Hamlet (Northern Broadsides); Arabian Nights (RSC); As You Like It (Dash Arts) Hansel and Gretel (Catherine Wheel Theatre Company) and Twelfth Night (The New Shakespeare Company).
Film and television: Peter Rabbit, We Can Be Heroes, Bodyguard, Casualty, Kiri and Gavin and Stacey.

 

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Theatre includes: My Fair Lady (Teatro di San Carlo); Carousel (English National Opera); Wicked (Apollo Victoria); My Fair Lady (Sheffield Crucible); One Man, Two Guvnors (National Theatre, West End and Broadway); Aspects of Love (Menier Chocolate Factory); The 39 Steps (Criterion Theatre); Guys and Dolls(Piccadilly Theatre); Grand Hotel (Donmar Warehouse); The Lion King (Original London Cast-Lyceum Theatre); Lennon (Astoria Theatre); and Les Miserables (Palace Theatre).
Film and Television includes:  Catch 22, The Romanoffs, Decline and Fall, Father Brown, Harley and the Davidsons, The Last Kingdom, Agatha Raisin, Jonathan Strange and Mr.Norrell, The Smoke, The Sarah Jane Adventures, Doctors, Christmas Eve, Agent Cody Banks 2 and A Christmas Carol.
 

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Theatre Includes: Our Country’s Good (UK Tour); Oliver Twist (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre); Snow White (Mercury Theatre); The New Nigerians (Arcola Theatre); The Night Watch (the Royal Exchange); Little Shop of Horrors (Salisbury Playhouse); Hopelessly Devoted (Paines Plough Tour/Tricycle Theatre/Birmingham Rep); The Lion King (Lyceum Theatre); The Coloured Museum (Talawa); Death & The Kings Horseman (National Theatre); Duck (Unicorn Theatre); God is a DJ (Theatre Centre); RENT (English Theatre of Frankfurt); and The Bat (The New Vic Theatre).
Film and Television: Cocktail, Famalam, SunnyD, Broadchurch, One Night, What’s Your News, Holby City and Black Britain.

 

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Jyuddah Jaymes | Sebastian
Theatre includes: The Taming of the Shrew, The Wizard of Oz, Jason and the Argonauts, Little Baby Jesus, Blue/Orange, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, Under Milk Wood, The Seagull, The Beaux Strategem, The Merchant of Venice, Our Country’s Good and The Garden Hop (Bristol Old Vic).
Film and television includes: Clique and Wedding Snaps.

 

 

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Young Vic includes: Now We Are Here
Theatre includes: Machinal (Almeida Theatre); Romeo and Juliet (Shakespeare’s Globe); Our Country’s Good, Treasure Island, War Horse (National Theatre); White Hot and Weak (Old Vic New Voices Festival); Superior Donuts (Southwark Playhouse); Tis Pity She’s A Whore (Cheek By Jowl); The Taming of the Shrew (RSC); Pocket Comedy, Pocket Dream, Merchant of Venice, Midsummer Nights Dream  (Propeller) 7 New Plays By Young Writers (Kids Company and National Theatre); Pandora (Giant Theatre Company/ Arcola); Alice In The Walled Garden (Brockwell Park); Ignition 2 (Royal Court Upstairs).
Film and Television includes: Still Life, Chewing Gum and Holby City.

 

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Theatre includes: As You Like It (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre); Much Ado About Nothing (Rose Theatre); Dr Seuss’ The Lorax (The Old Vic/Royal Alexandra Theatre Toronto); Forty Years On (Chichester Festival Theatre); The Emperor and the Nightingale (Theatre by the Lake); The Go Between (Apollo Theatre); Sunny Afternoon (Harold Pinter Theatre); Jack and the Beanstalk (The Production Exchange, Key Theatre).
Film includes: Benjamin.

 

 

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Theatre includes: Gaslight (UK Tour); While the Sun Shines (Theatre Royal Bath), The Philanderer (Orange Tree Theatre); High Society (Old Vic); Tonight at 8:30 (Nuffield Theatre & Tour); Company (Southwark Playhouse); Much Ado About Nothing (Globe Theatre); Afterlife, Never So Good (National Theatre); French Without Tears (English Touring theatre); Sleeping Beauty (Salisbury Playhouse); Cymbeline, H.M.S Pinafore and Twelfth Night (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre);and Comedy of Errors (Wild Tyme).
Film and Television includes: The Bisexual, Will, Good Karma Hospital, Writers Retreat, Dirty Filthy Love, People Just Do Nothing, the White Queen, Merlin (Series II-V), Shameless, Hotel Babylon, Primeval, Heartbreak, Vital Signs, Foyles War, Doc Martin and Island At War.

 

Twelfth Night runs from 2 October – 17 November 2018 in the Young Vic’s Main House. Book your tickets here

Fun Home | Production Photos

The London transfer of Fun Home is now in previews at the Young Vic. Take your first exclusive look at the production photos here.

Based on the graphic novel by Alison Bechdel this heartbreaking and profound musical took Broadway by storm winning 5 Tony Awards.

The cast of Fun Home includes Kaisa Hammarlund, Eleanor Kane, Jenna Russell, Ashley Samuels, Cherrelle Skeete, Zubin Varla and Brooke Haynes, Eddie Martin, Charlie McLellan, Ramsay Robertson, Archie Smith, Harriet Turnbull

Music by Jeanine Tesori, Book & Lyrics by Lisa Kron
Based on the graphic novel by Alison Bechdel
Direction Sam Gold

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Fun Home is now running at the Young Vic until 1 Sept. Tickets are selling fast so best availability is from 13 August. Book tickets now from £15.

Production photos by Marc Brenner