11 Questions with the cast of Barbarians – Fisayo Akinade



Fisayo Akinade (Louis) in Barbarians at the Young Vic © Ellie Kurttz

Fisayo Akinade  in Barbarians at the Young Vic. Photo by  Ellie Kurttz.

Fisayo Akinade is currently playing Louis in Barbarians at the Young Vic. Here are his answers to our 11 Questions…

Can you describe your character in Barbarians in three words?
Ambitious, steady and fun.

What are you usually doing 10 minutes before the show begins?
Listening to music.

What is your favourite play (seen, read or worked on)?
Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom / Angels in America.

What is your favourite word?

What are you most passionate about?
Graphic Novels.

If days were 28 hours long, what would you do with the 4 extra hours?

If you could be in a room full of any one thing, what would it be?

Favourite city and why?
Manchester – It’s where I grew up.

What is your favourite song?
I Love You Porgy.

If you could have been born in any era, which would it be and why?
30’s for the music!

If you could have any one supernatural power which would you choose and why?
Flight – for the rush.

Barbarians runs at the YV until 16 Jan. Book tickets and find out more on our website.

Casting announcement | Barbarians


We’ve got yet another casting announcement for you! This time we’re delighted to share with you the cast of Barbarians, a trilogy of gripping and timeless plays by Barrie Keeffe directed by Liz Stevenson, winner of the JMK Award 2015. Barbarians follows Jan, Paul and Louis as they try to fight their way into a society rife with unemployment and rejection. Bubbling tensions erupt with chilling consequences. Get to know the cast and take a look at their biogs below.

Fisayo AkinadeFisayo Akinade makes his Young Vic debut. His previous theatre credits include: The Vote (Donmar); Refugee Boy (West Yorkshire Playhouse; UK Tour); As You Like It (Transport Theatre; UK & European Tour – nominated for Ian Charleson Award); Neighbors (HighTide; Nuffield); Shiverman (Theatre 503); Waiting for Godot (West Yorkshire Playhouse; Talawa UK Tour); Sold (Pleasance Courtyard) and The Edge (New Diorama Theatre). Television credits include: Banana, Cucumber, Ordinary Lies and Fresh Meat. Film credits include: She Who Brings Gifts.




Alex AustinAlex Austin makes his Young Vic debut. His previous theatre credits include: The Striker and Yen (Royal Exchange Manchester); Henry V (Unicorn Theatre; Traverse); The Nutcracker and the Mouse King (Unicorn Theatre), Idomeneus (Gate Theatre); Pigeons (Royal Court); Coal Eaters (Theatre 503); Hope, Light and Nowhere (Underbelly, Cowgate); The Greek Season: Philoctetes/Antigone (Unicorn Theatre); Locked Room Scenario (London); Telling Tales and My City (Almeida); Encourage the Others (Almeida Young Friends) and Platform (Old Vic New Voices). Television credits include: Sherlock, The Interceptor, Musketeers, New Tricks, Holby City and Misfits. Film credits include: Legacy, The Hooligan Factory, Christmas Candle, The World’s End, The Swarm, The Sweeney and Undefeated. Radio includes: Ancient Greek.


Brian Vernel Brian Vernel makes his Young Vic debut. His previous theatre credits include: Future Conditional (Old Vic); Takin’ over the Asylum (Royal Lyceum; Citizens’ Theatre); Macbeth (Royal Conservatoire of Scotland); The Static and Blackout (Thickskin); The Cherry Orchard and They Shoot Horses, Don’t They? (Royal Conservatoire of Scotland) and Four Parts Broken (National Theatre of Scotland; Oran Mor; Traverse). Television credits include: The Last Kingdom, The Casual Vacancy, Grantchester, Prey and Field of Blood. Film credits include: Winter Song, Let Us Prey and Offender.



The JMK Award
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 is kindly supported by Philip Hooker, the Leverhulme Trust Arts Scholarships Fund, the Martin Bowley Charitable Trust, the Eranda Foundation and all its individual donors. Patrons: Dame Judi Dench, Baroness Howe, Sir Ian McKellen and Tom Morris (Founding Chair) Registered Charity No. 295080

Barbarian runs at the YV from 27 Nov – 19 Dec. Book now: www.youngvic.org/whats-on/barbarians

Two new shows announced for autumn 2015

Today we announced two new shows that will play strictly limited runs in the Clare this autumn.


Creditors by August Strindberg & Barbarians by Barrie Keeffe.

First, in September, this year’s Genesis Future Directors’ Award winner Rikki Henry will direct August Strindberg’s CreditorsA masterclass in jealousy and deception, this thrillingly vicious play is a scathing crash course in the costs of love.

In November, Liz Stevenson the winner of the JMK Award 2015, takes on Barbarians, a trilogy of gripping and timeless plays about three lads from Lewisham by Barrie Keeffe.

Tickets are now on sale for both shows from £10. To book visit youngvic.org.