Ola Ince to direct Danai Gurira’s ‘The Convert’ at the Young Vic


We’re thrilled to announce that Ola Ince will direct The Convert by Tony-nominated writer and Black Panther star Danai Gurira at the Young Vic this December.

In 2016 Ola was the winner of the Genesis Future Director Award which saw her direct Dutchman at the Young Vic, Amiri Baraka’s provocative play about race relations and freedom.

Ola is currently Associate Director on Tina Turner The Musical following a number of high profile roles including director of Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992 (Gate Theatre, 2018), Start Swimming (Young Vic, 2017) and Assistant Director on the Donmar’s critically acclaimed Shakespeare Trilogy which transferred to St Ann’s Warehouse in New York in 2017.

The Convert, explores the impact of colonialism on heritage, history and faith.

It’s 1896 and Jekesai, a young woman fleeing forced marriage, finds herself working for a devout Catholic.  Chilford dreams of being an English priest and relishes the opportunity to mould his new convert.  But Jekesai’s salvation has its price as her individuality is slowly stripped away…

The Convert runs at the Young Vic from 7 Dec 2018 – 19 Jan 2019. Tickets are available to book now from £10.


★★★★“Raw and vivid” | Reviews for Start Swimming at Edinburgh Fringe

The reviews are rolling in for YV Taking Part’s Start Swimming, currently playing at Summerhall as part of the Edinburgh Fringe. Start Swimming has sold out to a magnificent response check out what audiences are saying and read the full reviews below.


Start Swimming company. Photo by Helen Murray.

“Radiates puckishness and a sense of mischief”
Time Out | Read the full review

“The uniformly terrific cast exert themselves to their limits”
The Stage | Read the full review

“Assured, impassioned performances… raw and vivid”
The Scotsman | Read the full review

“Terrific piece from the Young Vic Taking Part department”
The Guardian | Read more

Start Swimming is now sold out but you can contact Summerhall about returns. Created in response to Why it’s Kicking Off Everywhere, Start Swimming is the latest Young Vic Taking Part Parallel Production. Learn more about what Taking Part do. 


Ola Ince on Dutchman, race and research

We caught up with Dutchman director, Ola Ince, to discuss how she found Dutchman, why she chose it for the Genesis Future Directors Award and why the play is still so relevant today, over 50 years on from it being written by Amiri Baraka.

Ola shared some of her research with us; the documentaries, videos and articles she explored with the cast and her creative team whilst researching and rehearsing Dutchman. The breadth of research demonstrates how much information goes in to bringing a script to life and the inspiration behind staging the characters and their relationships.

The Sixties – The Years That Shaped a Generation, 2005
Storyville, Black panthers – On BBC iplayer
The African Americans, Many Rivers to Cross, Rise 1940 – 1968
Beat Generation, The Source
Thelonious Monk: Staight No Chaser
Black Power mixtape
Legends, The Motown Invasion
White people, MTV

Amiri Baraka

New York Underground, 1960’s archive footage


Cartoons – for Clay’s attraction to Lula


Dutchman runs at the Young Vic until 16 April: www.youngvic.org/whats-on/dutchman
Find out more about the Genesis Future Directors Award on the Young Vic Directors Program.

Casting Announcement | Dutchman


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? Amiri Baraka’s cry of rage, written in 1964, is as crucial today.
Dutchman opens in the Clare on 6 April and we’ve got casting for you. Clare Dunne, Solomon Israel and Renato Paris will feature in Amiri Baraka’s play directed by Ola Ince, winner of a 2016 Genesis Future Directors Award.

Take a look below and get to know the cast.

Clare Dunne.jpgClare Dunne makes her Young Vic debut. Her theatre credits include: A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Three Sisters (Lyric, Hammersmith); Detroit, Juno & The Paycock (National Theatre); Henry IV, Julius Caesar (Donmar Warehouse/St. Ann’s Warehouse, New York); Grounded (Tiger Dublin Fringe); 24 Hour Play, Major Barbara (Abbey); Cripple of Inish Maan (US Tour), Druid 35, Playboy of the Western World, UK Tour (Druid) CRUNCH (Nabakov at Latitude Festival); The Silver Tassie (Druid UK and Irl tour) and Babel (Elan Wales). Her film credits include: The Cherishing and Outside and her radio credits include: The News From Home and Her Majesty’s Service.


Solomon Israel makes his Young Vic debut. His theatre credits include: I Know All The Secrets In My World (Tiata Fahodzi), Octagon (Arcola Theatre), Chigger Foot Boys (Ovalhouse Theatre), The Tempest (Royal Shakespeare Company), Twelfth Night (Royal Shakespeare Company), Comedy Of Errors (Royal Shakespeare Company), Taking Steps (Old Laundry Theatre/Tricycle Theatre), Redemption Over Hammersmith Broadway (Lyric Theatre Hammersmith) and Tuff Love (Bullion Theatre). TV credits include: Josh (BBC), Brothers with No Game (BWNG/London Live), Law and Order (Kudos/ITV), Holby City (BBC) and Quick Cuts (BBC).


Renato Paris makes his Young Vic debut. His theatre credits include: Close To You (West End) and What’s It All About (Menier Chocolate Factory). Renato Paris ALCM graduated with a triple distinction star at The Brit School for Performing Arts and Technology and has recently completed his first year at Trinity Laban Conservatoire pursuing a Jazz Degree.




Dutchman is directed by Ola Ince, winner of a 2016 Genesis Future Directors Award and the show runs at the Young Vic from 6 – 16 April. For more info / to book tickets: www.youngvic.org/whats-on/dutchman
“Dutchman is designed to shock – its basic idea, its language and its murderous rage”The New York Times

JUST ANNOUNCED | 2016 Genesis Future Directors Award Winners

genesis announcement

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.

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.

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.