Meet Caitriona Shoobridge | Director of Ivan and the Dogs

Genesis Future Directors Award winner Caitriona Shoobridge has recently directed Hattie Naylor’s Ivan and the Dogs which runs in The Clare studio until 20 July.

This one-person play with Alex Austin as Ivan explores the need for kindness and trust in the face of adversity.

We sat down with Cat to find out more about her career and her Young Vic debut.

Tell us a bit about yourself. How did you get into directing?

I belonged to a youth theatre from quite a young age and just became obsessed with theatre. I didn’t really find my ‘thing’ at school and so didn’t do higher education but theatre I always kept coming back to. It’s been the constant thing in my life and has opened my eyes to many different worlds, cultures and possibilities. 

What do you love about the play ‘Ivan and the Dogs’ by Hattie Naylor?

It is such an extraordinarily unique piece of writing. My favourite thing about it is that it feels both ancient and familiar to us as fairytales do but at the same time is also incredibly pertinent to the world right now. 

Alex Austin in Ivan and the Dogs. Designer Basia Bińkowska. Lighting Designer Elliot Griggs. Photo by Anthony Lee

Can you describe Ivan and the Dogs in just 5 words?

No, it is too epic!

What has been your best moment while directing this show?

I don’t think I can pick out a single moment as the whole journey from start to finish has been brilliant. One of my favourite things about making it has been collaborating with an extraordinary creative team and company. That has been pure joy. 

The sound design is really integral part of this production. Can you tell us more about that? Who are the voices we can hear?

Yeah, there are 19 offstage characters that Ivan encounters in his story who are given to us in a soundscape in Russian dialogue. We used the idea of the soundscape as the central part of the concept for design and thought; what is the most we can do with this? What if we made the entire world from sound?

Have you learnt anything new from this experience?

There are so many things! A big one is definitely having a creative team around you that you trust to share your biggest ideas with and who you can take a risk with. Another would be holding your nerve when executing that idea. And finally the ability to zoom out from it at the end of the process and understand that your work consists of everything you’ve done on the journey and not just what happens on the night. 

Alex Austin in Ivan and the Dogs. Photo by Anthony Lee.

What are your top tips for anybody reading this who is interested in becoming a director?

Really think about who you are as person and what you as an individual you bring to your work. I find that theatres are only interested in finding out who you are and not listening to what you may think they want to hear. Oh and join the Young Vic Directors Program!

Tell us about how it felt to be a 2019 Genesis Foundation Future Directors Award Recipient? 

Best feeling ever.

What has it been like working at the Young Vic? What’s been your favourite part?

The Young Vic is undoubtedly one of my favourite theatres. It’s incredibly supportive of emerging directors from the core artistic team to production to front of house everyone is brilliant and there’s something to learn from everyone. I’ll remember this experience for a long time. 

What are you looking forward to doing after this production?

Spending time with my daughters and hopefully making another one? 

Ivan and the Dogs runs at the Young Vic until 20th July. Availability is limited but returns are released online. A returns queue is open from one hour before each performance.

Director Caitriona Shoobridge
Designer  Basia Bińkowska
Lighting Designer  Elliot Griggs
Sound Designer  Xana
Casting Director  Lotte Hines
Movement Director  Natasha Nixon
Voice Coach Anne-Marie Speed
Boris Karloff Trainee Assistant Directors Tian Brown-Sampson, Grace Duggan


With Alex Austin

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.

❄️ 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.

Winter
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.

GENESIS FOUNDATION
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.
www.genesisfoundation.org.uk

trade | Cast announcement

The cast for trade are here! We are very excited to tell you that Ayesha Antoine and Jo Martin will make their Young Vic débuts, and we’ll be welcoming back Sharon Duncan-Brewster, in Bryony Shanahan’s production of trade by debbie tucker green.

 

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Ayesha Antoine by Anna Nightingale

AYESHA ANTOINE
Theatre credits include:The Suicide (National Theatre); Red Velvet ( Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company, Garrick Theatre); The Wolf in the Snakeskin Shoes, The House That Will Not Stand (Tricycle); The Ghost Train (Royal Exchange / Told By An Idiot); Venice Preserv’d (The Spectator’s Guild); We are Proud to Present… (Bush Theatre); Tartuffe (Birmingham Rep); Surprises and Absurd Person Singular (Stephen Joseph Theatre); Cinderella, Red Riding Hood, Madblud and Familyman (Theatre Royal Stratford East); and The Thirteen Midnight Challenges of Angelus Diablo (RSC).
Film credits include: Pompidou, Bellamy’s People, Skins, Mouth to Mouth and Doctor Who.
Television credits include: Operation Gadgetman.

 

 

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Sharon Duncan-Brewster by Bader Hower

SHARON DUNCAN-BREWSTER
Theatre credits include:
A Streetcar Named Desire (Manchester Royal Exchange); The Iphigenia Quartet, Yerma (The Gate Theatre); Swallow (Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh); A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Liverpool Everyman); Hope and Babies (Royal Court); The El Train (Hoxton Hall); A Few Man Friday’s (Riverside Studios) ; The Swan and There is a War (National Theatre); Tiger Country (Hampstead Theatre); Detaining Justice, Seize the Day and Category B, Let there be Love, Fabultion – Premiere Production and Playboys of the West Indies (Tricycle); The Horse Marines (Theatre Royal Plymouth); The Bacchae (National Theatre Scotland); Black Crows (Clean Break/Arcola Theatre); and Dirty Butterfly (Soho Theatre).
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pera credits include: Gaddafi   (English National Opera).
Previous
 work at the Young Vic includes: A Season in the Congo.
Film credits include: Three and Out, A Blues for Nia (Short film) and The Child (Short film).
Television
 credits include: Unforgotten, Cuffs, Cucumber, The Mimic, The Bible, Top Boy, Doctor Who, EastEnders, Shoot the Messenger, Waking the Dead and Bad Girls.

 

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Jo Martin by Marylin Kingwill

JO MARTIN
Theatre credits include:
The Rolling Stone (Orange Tree); The Westbridge (The Royal Court); Everything Must Go (Soho Theatre); Family Man, Ready or Not, Funny Black Women on the Edge and Eldarado (Theatre Royal Stratford East); Frontline (Shakespeare’s Globe); Noughts and Crosses, Don Carlos and Oronooko (RSC); Dona Flor and Her Two Husbands (Dende Collective/ Lyric  Hammersmith); and Coyote on a Fence  (Royal Exchange, Manchester/Duchess Theatre).
Film
 credits include: A Hundred Streets, Dragonfly, Chalet Girls, 4 3 2 1, Batman Begins and Jolly Boys Last Stand.
Television credits include: Still Open all Hours, Together, EastEnders, Emmerdale, Hollyoaks, Casualty, Top Boy, Wizards vs. Aliens, Holby City, The Culshaw and Stephenson Show and Katy Brand Big Arse Show.

 

GENESIS FOUNDATION

Established by John Studzinski 15 years ago, the Genesis Foundation works in partnership with the leaders of prestigious UK arts organisations such as the Royal Court, The Sixteen, Welsh National Opera and the Young Vic. Its largest funding commitment is to programmes that support directors, playwrights and musicians in the early stages of their professional lives.

In addition it awards scholarships to exceptional student actors at LAMDA and commissions stimulating new works, from choral compositions to light installations.

In 2015 the Genesis Foundation launched its first partnership outside the UK, funding residencies for playwrights at New York’s Signature Theatre.

Bryony Shanahan is the seventh recipient of the Genesis Future Directors Award, following Ola Ince (2016), Rikki Henry (2015), Finn Beames (2014), Tinuke Craig (2014), Matthew Xia (2013) and Ben Kidd (2012).

trade by debbie tucker green is directed by Bryony Shanahan and runs 16 – 26 November in the Young Vic’s Claire. Find out more and book your tickets today.  

JUST ANNOUNCED | 2016 Genesis Future Directors Award Winners

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2016 Genesis Future Directors Award winners Ola Ince will direct Amiri Baraka’s Dutchman (6 – 16 April 2016) and Bryony Shanahan will direct trade by debbie tucker green (16 – 26 November 2016). Tickets go on sale today.

Dutchman by Amiri Baraka
6 – 16 April

Lula and Clay meet on the subway on an oppressively hot New York day. Flirtation and conversation quickly turn to violent attraction. As the train ride comes to an explosive end, who will make it out unscathed?

Dutchman exposes the traumatic black experience and the reality of modern race relations. Amiri Baraka’s cry of rage, written in 1964, is as crucial today as when it was first performed to critical acclaim off Broadway.

Genesis Future Directors Award recipient Ola Ince directs Amiri Baraka’s famously provocative intervention in the debate on race. Get to know Ola and take a look at her biography below.

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

trade by debbie tucker green
16 – 26 Nov

Sex, money and power.  For some women, financial freedom come at a painful price.

Worlds collide at an idyllic Caribbean resort as three very different women unravel the lies that bind them together in the name of fair trade.

debbie tucker green’s darkly humorous play about the costs of sex is directed by Bryony Shanahan, winner of a 2016 Genesis Future Directors Award. Take a look at her biography below.

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

Ola Ince first worked at the Young Vic in 2012 on One Million Tiny Plays About Britain and subsequently as Boris Karloff Assistant Director to Sacha Wares on Wild Swans. She is currently Resident Associate Director at the Lyric Hammersmith. Her work as a director includes: Rachel, The Soft of Her Palm (Finborough) and Games (Pleasance). As an associate and assistant director credits include: Tipping the Velvet (Lyric Hammersmith & Royal Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh); Bugsy Malone (Lyric Hammersmith); Fog (UK Tour), Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, Dara, A Taste of Honey (National Theatre); Porgy & Bess (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre) and Josephine & I (Bush Theatre).

Bryony Shanahan directs at the Young Vic for the first time. She is co-artistic director of Snuff Box Theatre and in 2014 she won a BBC Performing Arts Award to work at the Royal Exchange, where she assisted on Sarah Frankcom’s Hamlet with Maxine Peake. Other directing credits include: Weald (2016, Finborough Theatre); Operation Crucible (Finborough Theatre & UK tour); Boys Will Be Boys (Women Centre Stage, National Theatre); Bitch Boxer (Soho Theatre, national tour & Adelaide Fringe Festival) and Chapel Street (national tour). As an assistant and associate director, her credits include: The Skriker (Manchester International Festival, Royal Exchange), Our Country’s Good (National Theatre; as staff director) and Around The World In 80 Days (New Vic Theatre/Royal Exchange Theatre). In 2015, Bryony won the BBC Alumni Award.

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Amiri Baraka
was a poet, playwright and political activist. Born Everett LeRoi Jones, he changed his name multiple times during his lifetime finally settling on Amiri Baraka.  These changes in identity reflect his shifting political beliefs from his involvement in the Beat movement to Black Nationalism and a conversion to Marxism. Over six decades Baraka established himself as a strong literary voice and a powerful orator. His published work, which encompasses poetry, plays and short stories includes: The Dead Lecturer, Transbluesency: The Selected Poetry of Amiri Baraka/LeRoi Jones, 1961-1995, Blues People: Negro Music in White America, Black Magic and Dutchman, which was first performed off-Broadway in 1964, and won the Village Voice Obie Award in the same year.

debbie tucker green is an award-winning playwright, screenwriter and director. Her work returns to the Young Vic following dirty butterfly in 2014 and generations in 2007. Stage works include: hang, truth and reconciliation, random, stoning mary (Royal Court); trade (RSC/RSC at Soho); born bad (Hampstead) for which she won an Olivier Award in 2004 and then an OBIE award for the play’s Soho Rep production in 2011, and nut (National Theatre). TV and film credits include random, which won a BAFTA for Best Single Drama in 2012 and MVSA Award for Best UK Film in 2011 and second coming, which won the 2015 International Film Festival Rotterdam Big Screen Award and is also BAFTA nominated.

GENESIS FOUNDATION
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 Ola Ince and Bryony Shanahan 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.
www.genesisfoundation.org.uk

11 Questions with the cast of Creditors – Gyuri Sarossy

Gyuri Sarossy (Gustav) and Tom Rhys Harries (Adolph) in Creditors at the Young Vic.

Gyuri Sarossy (left) as Gustav in Creditors at the Young Vic. Photo by Richard Hubert Smith.

Gyuri Sarossy is currently playing Gustav in Creditors at the Young Vic. Here are his answers to our 11 Questions…

Can you describe your character in Creditors in three words?
Unrelenting, loving, pure.

What are you usually doing 10 minutes before the show begins?
Getting my head in the game.

What is your favourite play (seen, read or worked on)?
Coriolanus – applies to all three of the above.

What is your favourite word?
Crepuscular – animals are those that are active primarily during twilight (i.e., dawn and dusk).

If days were 28 hours long, what would you do with the 4 extra hours?
Read. Sleep. Swim. Eat. And learn the piano.

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

Favourite holiday you’ve ever been on?
Inter-railing aged 18. A proper coming-of-age adventure.

Favourite city and why?
Has to be London. Where all life and possibility is. Which sometimes makes it seem impossible and overwhelming. At which point go and sit by the Thames.

What is your favourite song?
Wish You Were Here by Pink Floyd

If you could have been born in any era, which would it be and why?
16th Century Hungary to connect with my Transylvanian roots. Riding the plains and fending off the Ottomans. Failing that, ancient Athens – where it all began.

If you could have any one supernatural power which would you choose and why?
Power of flight. Easy.

Adapted by David Greig and directed by the 2015 Genesis Future Directors Award winner Rikki Henry, Creditors runs at the YV until 19 Sept. More info: www.youngvic.org/whats-on/creditors

Two new shows announced for autumn 2015

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

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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.