11 Questions with the cast of My Name is Rachel Corrie | Erin Doherty

Erin Doherty plays Rachel Corrie in this year’s JMK production My Name is Rachel Corrie. She has received plenty of critical praise with The Guardian describing Erin’s portrayal as “one of the year’s great discoveries with a stunning performance” (★★★★). So without further ado, it’s over to the lady herself…

1. Can you describe your character in My Name is Rachel Corrie in three words?

Determined, quick, hopeful

2. What’s the most exciting thing about being part of this Young Vic production?

The opportunity to tell Rachel’s story

3. How do you think this show will make audiences feel?

(I hope) Charged

4. Did you do anything unusual to prepare for this role?

We went to Israel and Palestine. We wouldn’t have been able to make this production without it.

5. What was it like working with JMK Award winner Josh Roche?

Fantastic. Collaborative. Enriching.

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

For this project: Listening to Mozart, lying on the floor of my dressing room.


Erin Doherty in My Name is Rachel Corrie. Photo by Ellie Kurrtz.

7. What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?

Learn to live off little so you can continue doing what excites you.

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

Well I met Juliet Stevenson last Saturday – she’s a huge hero, a superhero, I think I managed to tell her she’s great…not much else came out.

9. What is your favourite play you’ve seen, read or worked on? 

Mercury Fur, directed by Ned Bennett at the Trafalgar Studios in 2012 – blew my brains out.

10. What is the last thing that made you laugh out loud? 

A phone conversation with my sister, Grace.

11. Confession time. This is a safe space: tell us something you’ve never told anyone before.

I used to think my cat was my twin. Yes. I really did.

My Name is Rachel Corrie is currently sold out, but you can queue for day seats or check the Young Vic website for returns (it might be your lucky day) to catch Erin doing what she does best (10 minutes after lying on the floor listening to Mozart).

The Jungle Safe Space performance

Last year we introduced our first set of inclusive performances.  These included a Safe Space performance for those who have experienced mental health problems, a dementia friendly performance and a ‘babes in arms’ performance.  All of these were highly successful and rewarding.

We are pleased to offer a new inclusive performance.  Like the previous events, it is open to all audience members and has been created in partnership with the show’s creative and technical teams.

The Young Vic Safe Space performance of The Jungle particularly welcomes people who have experienced trauma, along with their families, friends, carers, as well as anyone who feels this relaxed atmosphere would be beneficial to them. It will be on 3 January at 2.30pm.

Joe Murphy and Joe Robertson, the co-founders of Good Chance Theatre, originally conceived their dome in Calais as a place for people to share their highly traumatic experience and to escape or, if they chose to, to confront the situations they found themselves in. The Jungle Safe Space performance is a continuation of this vision and has been developed through conversations with In Place of War and Freedom from Torture.

There will be a dedicated ‘break-out’ room outside of the auditorium available throughout. During the performance, it will be possible to come and go as you wish. For example, it might be helpful to take some time out to relax in the ‘break-out’ room or bar, use the bathroom or get some fresh air outside.

There are a selection of tickets available to buy online but if you require something more specific or want to talk through your seating options, just contact the Welcome Team via email welcometeam@youngvic.org or give them a call 020 7922 2922.

For the past thirteen years, In Place of War has worked with creative communities in some of the most challenging contexts in the world. In Place of War is a support system for community artistic, creative and cultural organisations in places of conflict, revolution and areas suffering the consequences of conflict. Find out more about their work.

Freedom from Torture provides counselling, group therapy and ongoing support for survivors of torture in the UK, tailoring the support they offer to suit each person. Read about their projects, campaigns and fundraising work.

For a full list of all our upcoming accessible performances, visit our Access for All page.  If you’re coming to see a show and have specific access requirements, please contact us in advance so that we can make your visit as enjoyable as possible. For more information please call us on 020 7922 2922 (Textphone 18001 020 7922 2922).

Wings: 11 Questions with Kelle Bryan

Kelle Bryan is currently starring in Wings at the Young Vic. Her character Billy is struggling to rebuild her communication skills after experiencing aphasia – a condition that affects the brain and leads to problems with speech and language.

Kelle’s acting credits include The Exonerated (Charing Cross Theatre), Torn (Arcola Theatre) and My Fair Lady (Manchester Palace) but she is perhaps best known as a member of the girl group Eternal.

We caught up with Kelle to pick her brains. Check our her 11 questions below . . .

Kelle Bryan in Wings at the Young Vic theatre. Photography by Johan Persson.

 1. Can you describe your character in Wings in three words?

Feisty, fun and vulnerable.

2. What’s the most exciting thing about being part of this Young Vic production?

I love the hubbub of the central location, the history of the theatre and credibility of the venue. We’ve got an amazing cast, crew and creative team.

3. Emily Stilson was a wing walker. What’s the bravest thing you’ve ever done?

I’ve done a few! Running the London Marathon, swimming with dolphins, being on Celebrity Love Island… deep sea fishing…

4. How do you think this show will make audiences feel?

I think you’ll leave with a much better understanding of aphasia from the patients perspective but you’ll also have a good laugh at the same time.


Kelle in rehearsal for Wings. Photo by Johan Persson.

5. What has it been like working with Natalie Abrahami?

Natalie gives great notes that can uniquely change your whole performance. Quietly confident – she leads from a place of grace.

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

I’m usually found doing lovely little stretches, running through my lines and listening to some great retro tunes. You’ll hear me singing and dancing with the girls in the dressing room!

7. What is your favourite play you’ve either seen, read or worked on?

I was in a play called ‘Torn‘ at the Arcola. I just loved the role and the creative process.

8. What’s the funniest thing that happened to you recently?

There sometimes little mishaps in the show which have us in stitches.

9. What’s the one thing you value most in life?

My faith in God, the people He gave me to share it with – my two children and my amazing family. After the year I’ve had they have really been my inspiration.

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

I would love to meet Oprah Winfrey – I have so many questions…. “Who are you when the lights and cameras are off?”. I think she’s exactly the same.

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

I wouldn’t choose an era in history as is taken us so long to progress as a society. I’d probably stick to right now.

Wings runs at the Young Vic until 4 November. Juliet Stevenson stars as Emily, an aviator who suffers a stroke that destroys her sense of reality. Fragments of her life come together as she struggles to find her voice and sense of self.

Click here to book tickets from £10

Casting announcement: meet the cast of Yellowman

We’re excited to announce casting for Yellowman, the Pulitzer Prize-nominated drama directed by Genesis Future Director Award winner Nancy Medina. The cast includes Christopher Colquhoun as Eugene and Nicola Hughes as Alma. More information about both are below.

Christopher ColquhounChristopher Colquhoun makes his Young Vic debut in Yellowman.
Recent theatre includes: The Lion King (West End); The Believers (Tricycle Theatre); The Colour Purple (Menier Chocolate Factory); A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Regents Park Theatre); Britannicus (Wilton’s Music Hall); Happy Now? (Hull Truck Theatre); Saint Joan (National Theatre); Moby Dick, King Lear, The Tempest (RSC) and Five Guys Named Moe (Theatre Royal Stratford East)
Television includes: Absentia, Ransom, Vera, Midsomer Murders, Flowers, Law and Order, The Crash and Missing
Film includes: iBOY and Oh Happy Day

Nicola HughesNicola Hughes returns to the Young Vic after appearing in Simply Heaven.
Recent theatre includes: Caroline, Or Change (Chichester Festival Theatre); Porgy & Bess (Regents Park); The Color Purple (Menier Chocolate Factory); Marilyn & Ella (Theatre Royal Stratford East); Porgy & Bess (Savoy Theatre); Blues In The Night (Birmingham Repertory Theatre); Fosse (Prince of Wales Theatre); Chicago, Damn Yankees (Adelphi Theatre) and Tommy (Shaftesbury Theatre)
Television includes: Mount Pleasant, Doctors, The Royal Bodyguard, Parents Of The Band, Rock Rivals, Jonathan Creek, Heartburn Hotel and Trial & Retribution

Yellowman by Dael Orlandersmith is directed by Nancy Medina, the recipient of the Genesis Future Directors Award 2017 and runs 22 November – 2 December in the Young Vic’s Clare studio.

Tickets for Yellowman are now sold out but those wishing to see the show are welcome to join the returns queue at Box Office from 7.00pm. More information here



★★★★ “Erin Doherty emerges as one of the year’s great discoveries” | My Name is Rachel Corrie reviews

The reviews are rolling in for My Name is Rachel Corrie, directed by JMK Award winner Josh Roche and starring Erin Doherty as Rachel Corrie.

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Erin Doherty as Rachel Corrie in My Name is Rachel Corrie. Photo by Ellie Kurrtz.

“Erin Doherty emerges as one of the year’s great discoveries with a stunning performance” 

The Guardian | Read the full review

★★★★ “Erin Doherty is riveting as Corrie…humorous and humanising” 
The Stage | Read the full review

★★★★ “Josh Roche’s brilliant staging” 
WhatsOnStage | Read the full review

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Erin Doherty as Rachel Corrie in My Name is Rachel Corrie. Photo by Ellie Kurrtz.

My Name is Rachel Corrie runs in the Clare until 26 Oct with best availability on 25 Oct matinee. Find out more about the show and read what audiences are saying so far in our Storify round-up.

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Erin Doherty as Rachel Corrie in My Name is Rachel Corrie. Photo by Ellie Kurrtz.


James Menzies-Kitchin was a theatre director of thrilling promise. The JMK Trust was founded in his memory to give practical learning opportunities to young theatre directors of similar ability and vision. The JMK Award allows one such director a year to stage their own production of a classic text.

The JMK Award 2017 is kindly supported by Philip Hooker, The Arts Patrons Trust, The Martin Bowley Charitable Trust, The Garrick Charitable Trust, The Fidelio Charitable Trust, the Young Vic and all our individual supporters. Patrons: Dame Judi Dench, Baroness Howe, Sir Ian McKellen and Tom Morris OBE (Founding Chair) Registered Charity No. 295080


❄️ Winter is coming | 2018 Genesis Future Directors Award Winner

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It is with great pride that we announce today the recipient of the 2018 Genesis Future Directors Award is John R. Wilkinson. He will direct Winter by Jon Fosse (14 – 24 February 2018). Tickets are now on sale! 

We are thrilled that all performances of Winter will be audio described; visit our access for all page for more information.

by Jon Fosse
Direction John R. Wilkinson

An ordinary businessman meets a volatile stranger in a park. So begins a fugue of splintered desires and mistaken meanings.

An everyday encounter unspools with enduring consequences.

Genesis Award winner John R. Wilkinson directs this riveting and hypnotic play.

When performed at the Young Vic in 2011, Jon Fosse’s I am the Wind was described in the Independent as “Some of the greatest theatre I have ever witnessed”.

For more info and to book tickets: www.youngvic.org/whats-on/winter

John R. Wilkinson made his directorial debut in 2013 with Can’t Stand Up for Falling Down (York Theatre Royal).  Dramaturgical credits include: You Have Been Watching (Dark Horse) and To Kill a Mockingbird (York Theatre Royal). He is Associate Artist at York Theatre Royal, being mentored by Third Angel. In 2016 he was co-assistant director to Rufus Norris during a four-day intensive workshop and worked as a Connections Director (National Theatre). He trained at Bretton Hall College.

Established in 2012, the Genesis Future Directors Award was created to nurture emerging directors by providing them with an opportunity to explore and develop their craft while creating their first fully resourced production at the Young Vic, recognised for its engagement with young directors. The Award will provide John R. Wilkinson with mentoring and support from the theatre’s unique creative network, which includes Artistic Director David Lan, Genesis Fellow Gbolahan Obisesan, Lead Producer Daisy Heath and Associate Artistic Director Sue Emmas.

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof to be broadcast with NT Live

Hot on the heels of our Yerma NT Live broadcast, we’re thrilled to announce our West End production of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof will be broadcast to cinemas around the world on 22 February 2018. 

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Sienna Miller (Maggie) and Jack O’Connell (Brick) in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. Photo by Johan Persson. 

Starring Sienna Miller, Jack O’Connell and Colm Meaney, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof is our first production to debut in the West End and it had received rave reviews from critics and audiences alike, so we are over the moon that even more people all over the UK and the world will have the opportunity to see it through NT Live. You can watch the teaser trailer for the show here.

Tickets will go on sale on Monday 25 September. Set those alarms ⏰

The National Theatre’s ground-breaking project broadcasts plays live from the stage to over 700 cinemas in the UK and over 60 countries internationally. Details of all NT Live screenings can be found at: http://ntlive.nationaltheatre.org.uk/.

Cat On a Hot Tin Roof concludes its 12 week limited West End run at the Apollo Theatre on 7 October 2017.