A Taking Part knees-up!

TP Feast party


We like a good knees-up in Taking Part. Who doesn’t? So what better way to celebrate the end of a project than with a party! The Taking Part department have spent the last four months working on a Parallel production to run alongside the main house production of Feast. Where Feast took as its inspiration Yoruba and the diaspora of Nigerian people, we inverted the idea, looking at our cast of local Lambeth and Southwark people and asking how we all ended up in the area.  Essentially – who are we are where have we come from? The outcome was a beautiful salad bowl of people, all mixed up in the same two boroughs, different but together. The resulting show, Flashes, was devised and written from the weird, wild and wonderful stories that the participants brought to the room. Threads were woven together in a giant tapestry of movement, colour and story as we were treated to a show in which young people and elder people and everyone in between from a diversity of backgrounds acted together on stage.

And so to our knees up. To celebrate the show, to celebrate our local community, to welcome our friends and neighbours to the theatre, we threw open our doors on a Sunday, got in stall holders and Nigerian food, made some drinks, and booked some bands. The fantastic Cosmic Child played as we ate, drank and talked, and then Drumtastic put on a foot-stomping show on the set of Flashes. As the band played and people jumped up to dance and clap, we looked around us, at the people of different ages, from different community groups, all listening and laughing together. They are our community, and we love ‘em!

Lily Einhorn is our Two Boroughs Projects Managers.



5 stars for the “electrifying, pioneering, dazzling” Feast – plus extra performances added!

Young Vic Feast 004 Photo by Richard Hubert Smith

Just announced! Feast has been extended until 2 March!

Critics and audiences are raving about Feast!  Watch clips from the show and hear audience reactions here:

And check out some of the reviews below…

“Electrifying and pioneering, brilliantly directed, dazzling”
Independent on Sunday

“Spectacular… the audience went wild”
The Guardian – read the full review here

“One of the most extraordinary events in town… phenomenal music and vibrant dance”
Sunday Express – read the full review here

“Triumphant… an exhilarating experience”
Daily Telegraph

“A joyous, exuberantly entertaining and irreverent hit”
Mail on Sunday

“Wonderfully surprising, funny and moving”

The Independent


The Times

“Fabulously fiesty”

Feast now runs until 2 Mar.  Tickets are available at youngvic.org.

Feast post-show discussion: the diaspora and Yoruban mythology

Photo by Richard Hubert SmithAfter the performance on Tuesday 5 February,  the audience is welcome to join us for an exclusive Q&A with director Rufus Norris (Cabaret, London Road) and writer Gbolahan Obisesan. The panel will also include Noma Dumezweni, who plays Yemaya in Feast. Noma won an Olivier Award for A Raisin in the Sun – and you might know her as Captain Magambo in Doctor Who!

Chaired by the Guardian’s theatre editor Andrew Dickson, the panel will discuss the making of this epic production through the lens of the African diaspora and the fascinating evolution of Yoruban mythology from Nigeria to modern-day Brazil, Cuba, the US and the UK.

Just a handful of tickets are left for this performance – book now!

Feast Party!


Is the tail end of winter getting you down?  Are you in need of some warming food, a cocktail or two and the chance to kick off the post-Christmas blues? How about tapping your feet to some great music? Watching thrilling performances? Making some new friends and celebrating with old ones? Join the Taking Part team and our community cast to celebrate a dazzling project  on Sunday the 24th February. Come together for our Feast Party – an afternoon of feasting and celebration which will draw influence from Yoruban culture across Nigeria, Cuba, Brazil, the UK and the USA.

We’ll be getting a little taste of Yoruba with slices of the parallel production of Feast, delicious Nigerian food, fantastic drumming and dancing, and stalls selling art, crafts and jewellery.

So whether it’s a glass of fruit punch, some jollof rice or some bata drumming you’re looking for – come, enjoy, Feast!

Feast Party, Sunday 24th February 2013, 3pm – 7pm

Please RSVP or contact us for further information:

Tel: 020 7922 2859

Ain’t Nobody Here But Us Chickens

The Young Vic staff terrace has been converted into a pop-up hen house in preparation for Feast!  These two chickens will be living with us for the next few weeks as they prepare for this world premiere musical play.

The hard-working chickens are even laying eggs in the middle of tech week!  What a work ethic!

Feast begins this Friday – get your tickets here.

And in case you aren’t familiar with the song that inspired the title of this post, you’re in for a treat here!

feast chickens

feast chickens - eggs


11 Questions with the cast of Feast – Noma Dumezweni


Do you have any connection to Yoruban culture?
My neighbours and friends.

What is your favourite play (seen, read, or worked on)?
“Bogus Woman” and “A Raisin in the Sun” for worked on, too many read and more to see!

What is your favourite word?

What are you most passionate about?
People being comfortable.

If days were 28 hours long, what would you do for the extra 4 hours?
Alternate between dancing and sleeping.

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

Favourite holiday?
Juice fast holiday in Turkey.

Favourite city – why?
Don’t know yet…

What is your favourite song?
The one that makes me move.

If you could have been born in any era, which would it be and why?
I’m fascinated with now, really.

If you could have any supernatural power, which would you choose?

Feast opens 25 January at the Young Vic – tickets are on sale here.

11 Questions with the cast of Feast – Kobna Holdbrook-Smith


Do you have any connection to Yoruban culture?
Yes. Many friends and possible historical/cultural/lingustic links because I was born in Ghana.

What is your favourite play (seen, read, or worked on)?
1997, The Caucasian Chalk Circle at the NT by Complicite, August Wilson and David Mamet.

What is your favourite midnight snack?
Toast with (Ghanaian) peanut butter and guava jam. Or jalapeño popcorn!

What is your favourite word?

What are you most passionate about?
Kindness and Art.

If days were 28 hours long, what would you do for the extra 4 hours?
Tap dance. Really. Or become a master turntablist.

Favourite holiday?
Tokyo 2007 and…

Favourite city – why?
New York, NY! Because if the world had a capital it’d be it.

What is your favourite song?
Today it’s ‘Burn’ by Admiral Fallow.

If you could have been born in any era, which would it be and why?
Coastal Ghana in the late 1600s. Just to see.

If you could have any supernatural power, which would you choose?
Teleportation – for travel – or laser eyes – for fun.

Feast trailer sneak peek #2

Check out these photos from behind the scenes at the rehearsal room.  More photos (from a professional photographer!) on our Facebook page here.

Feast trailer sneak peek

Last week we shot the trailer for Feast with Dusthouse and the amazing company! We can’t wait to share with you… watch this space!

Learn more about the show at youngvic.org/whats-on/feast. Image

Feast video projection

Anthony Newton is Production Manager for the Young Vic

In January the Young Vic opens Feast, a new production which will feature video design by Lysander Ashton of 59 Productions.  59 are the production company behind the video content which featured in the Olympic Games Opening Ceremony and theatre productions such as War Horse and Dr Dee.  In advance of this the lighting team from the Young Vic’s production department have been taking part in some video software training.  Jonathan Lyle from 59 has been in with a whole bunch of technical equipment teaching us about synchronising the control of lighting and video.

With kit kindly lent by Stage Sound Services and ETC we have been working through projects including setting up and overlapping multiple projectors, running cue sequences of video content and animation and linking it all into the playback of our lighting desk.  The team have been taught features of the software and had a chance to try it out with their own mini-productions by using bits of footage from 59’s back catalogue and projecting content onto set model boxes.  Once we get into technical rehearsals for Feast the training will really be put to the test but thanks to everyone involved in the sessions this week it should be great.