Young Vic Shorts | The Departure feat. Gillian Anderson

Alongside our YV 2015 Season announcement, we’re very very excited to finally share with you the latest Young Vic Short, The Departure directed by and starring Gillian Anderson.

The Departure is inspired by Benedict Andrews’ hugely successful production of A Streetcar Named Desire which played at the Young Vic 23 July – 19 September 2014. Gillian Anderson received much praise for her performance as Blanche Du Bois, a role she reprises in the film. She said, “The Departure imagines the circumstances leading up to Blanche arriving at her sister’s house in New Orleans, a sort of prequel to Tennessee Williams’ great play. I am thrilled that, with the support of the Young Vic, Andrew and I have had the opportunity to delve further into the life of this iconic character and create something which can be seen by audiences across the globe.”

The Departure also features Bruce Alexander, Suzanne Bertish and Rollo Skinner and is available on the Guardian website. Take a look at the stunning behind the scenes images from the film shoot here.

The Departure featuring Gillian Anderson

Photo by David Sandison.

The Departure A film by Gillian Anderson Written by Andrew O’Hagan Directed by Gillian Anderson Young Vic Shorts are a series of short films inspired by Young Vic productions. They offer artists working with the theatre a unique creative opportunity to reach a large international audience online. The most recent Young Vic short was MAYDAY, inspired by Natalie Abrahami’s production of Samuel Beckett’s Happy Days at the Young Vic.

11 Questions with the Cast of The Suit – Rikki Henry

Rikki Henry is the assistant director of and appears onstage in The Suit.

What is your favourite play (either seen, read or worked on)?

Today it’s Uncle Vanya, tomorrow it’s probably Titus Andronicus, day after who knows.

What is your favourite midnight snack?

Ice cream. Rum with a bit of raisin.

What is your favourite word?

Amapotchefstroom. It’s in The Suit.

Proudest moment?

Learning to play a bit of Maid With The Flaxen Hair.

Favourite city?

London.

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

Watch French cinema, it’s all I seem to be doing at the moment.

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

Man Ray originals.

Dogs or cats?

Dogs that look like cats. Not Chihuahuas.

What is your favourite song?

At the moment, Cinematic Orchestra: To Build a Home.

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

The 60s.

If you could have any one supernatural power (flying, being invisible), which would you choose and why?

Telepathy. I have plans of world domination.

The Suit must close on 16 June. Book your tickets here.

11 Questions with the Cast of The Suit – Nonhlanhla Kheswa

Nonhlanhla Kheswa plays Matilda in The Suit.

What is your favourite play (either seen, read or worked on)?

The Suit, lol…. The Zulu directed by Mbongeni Ngema

What is your favourite midnight snack?

I don’t really have a favourite midnight snack but I do like freeze dried pineapple chips.

What is your favourite word?

Truth

What are you most passionate about?

People, cooking, my family and legs, toned legs!

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

Get some more sleep or spend them in a spa.

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

People.

Favourite holiday you’ve ever been on?

Eastern Cape with my family in South Africa for a meditation retreat and to seek fortune… ha!

Favourite city and why?

NYC! Why not?

What is your favourite song?

My Way by Nina Simone (for now), but I have very many favourites.

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

It would be in Kenya, I’ve always thought the Masai are beautiful.

If you could have any one supernatural power (flying, being invisible), which would you choose and why?

To be able to snap a finger and appear wherever I want to be, whenever and with whomever.

The Suit is at the Young Vic until 16 June. Book your tickets here.

11 questions with the cast of Wild Swans: Victor Chi

Victor Chi as Heng

Working on Wild Swans has allowed me to revisit my family history. It’s quite a story many others share.

Tell us about your character
Heng is a warrior of the revolution.

Favourite word?
Free.

Proudest moment?
Booking Wild Swans! Duh.

If 28 hour days existed, what would you do with the extra four hours?
Probably waste more hours being a night owl.

Favourite holiday?
Any holiday where you can eat a lot.

Weirdest quirk?
I mentally trace lines around the contours of objects around me.

Favourite play?
The Waiting Room by Lisa Loomer. My first play in university. Made me want to be an actor as a profession.

If you had one super power, what would it be?
Persuading people at will everything I say is ‘true’.

Do you have any regrets?
Never!

Favourite midnight snack?
Roast pig in London’s Chinatown.

Wild Swans (part of World Stages London) plays at the Young Vic until 13 May (this Sunday!). Tickets are sold out but we do get returns… call 020 7922 2922 on the day for availability.

11 questions with the cast of Wild Swans: Jennifer Lim

Jennifer Lim as Jia

I’m Chinese and have always had a strong identity about it. Being in Wild Swans has made me more aware of the history of Mainland China and what propelled my forefathers to leave China in the first place and be part of the great Chinese diaspora.

Tell us about your character
Jia – a feisty peasant married to Bolin.

Favourite word?
Conundrum.

Proudest moment?
When I did my first freestanding headstand in yoga class.

If you could have a room full of any one thing, what would it be?
DVDs of films!

If 28 hour days existed, what would you do with the extra four hours?
Watch films, do yoga and listen to music.

Favourite holiday?
It’s a toss up between Inner Mongolia and Tasmania.

Weirdest quirk?
I have a few strange ones like ‘touching wood’ and fretting if no real wood is nearby.

Favourite play?
The Seagull by Anton Chekhov.

If you had one super power, what would it be?
To be invisible when I feel like it.

Do you have any regrets?
I don’t believe in regrets.

Favourite midnight snack?
Pizza.

Wild Swans (part of World Stages London) plays at the Young Vic until 13 May. Tickets are sold out but we do get returns… call 020 7922 2922 on the day for availability.

11 questions with the cast of Wild Swans: Celeste Den

Celeste Den as Comrade Ting

Working on Wild Swans has allowed me to explore the opposite perspective of the Chinese Civil War. Growing up with Nationalist grandparents, I never questioned the validity of their opinion and experience, so it was eye-opening to immerse myself in the history of the other side.

Tell us about your character
Ting devotes her entire life to finding a place of value for herself. All she wants is to be important and loved.

Favourite word?
Nuance.

Proudest moment?
When I really go after something and give it my all – to have done the very best that I can do.

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

If 28 hour days existed, what would you do with the extra four hours?
Spend an extra few minutes chatting with people throughout the day i.e. the barista, the mail clerk, the security guard at Tesco, the person behind me in a queue… also to catch-up regularly with family and friends.

Favourite holiday?
Halloween. Everyone plays.

Weirdest quirk?
I fold candy or gum wrappers until it’s as thin as possible and then tie it in a knot. My only unconscious OCD habit.

Favourite play?
Tom Stoppard’s Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead

If you had one super power, what would it be?
Flying.

Do you have any regrets?
Buy me dinner and drinks and I’ll tell you…

Favourite midnight snack?
Chocolate anything.

Wild Swans (part of World Stages London) plays at the Young Vic until 13 May. Tickets are sold out but we do get returns… call 020 7922 2922 on the day for availability.

11 questions with the cast of Wild Swans: Joanne Fong

Next up in this series is Joanne Fong, who plays Huifen in Wild Swans. Jo is also the Movement Associate for Wild Swans. She was the winner of Best Female Award by the Critic’s Dance Circle for the role of Natasya Flippovna in Elegy and is an Associate Choreographer for Welsh Dance Projects, Coreo Cymru. She has performed with Rambert Dance Company, Rosas, DV8 Physical Theatre, National Dance Company Wales and many more other dance and theatre companies.

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Tell us about your character
I play Huifen, an oppressed peasant. Powerless. Hard-working Chinese.

Now I understand why my Dad gets worried when I say I want to go into farming. Farming equals peasant.

Favourite word?
Compost.

Proudest moment?
Growing so many courgettes I had to pickle them.

If you could have a room full of any one thing, what would it be?
Steam / heat – sauna.

If 28 hour days existed, what would you do with the extra four hours?
I would probably sleep to try and catch up.

Favourite holiday?
W. Wales coast.

Weirdest quirk?
Laughing inappropriately.

Favourite play?
Entitled by Quarantine Theatre.

If you had one super power, what would it be?
To have as much energy as when I was 25. I was a superhero.

Favourite midnight snack?
I like crunchy things.

Wild Swans (part of World Stages London) plays at the Young Vic until 13 May. Tickets are sold out but we do get returns… call 020 7922 2922 on the day for availability.