Papatango today announces full cast and tour dates for the thirteenth Papatango New Writing Prize winning plays.
Rasheka Christie-Carter directs babirye bukilwa (Neighbour/You), Florian Clare (Coe), Funmi James (Isata), Rachel Nwokoro (Chiamaka) and Oseloka Obi (Black Masc/Dad) in Nkenna Akunna’s Some Of Us Exist In The Future.
Chiamaka is new to all this. Fresh off the plane from the UK, she’s new to Brooklyn and its extremes. She’s new to queer dating, to the realities of being an immigrant. Most of all, she’s new to the voices of the gods…
Utterly original, wryly funny and always gripping, Some Of Us Exist In The Future follows one woman’s journey to finding her place in a world that’s not all it seems.
Artistic Director of Papatango, George Turvey directs Aldous Ciokajlo-Squire (Ant) and Shakira Riddell-Morales (Daize) in Tom Powell’s The Silence and The Noise.
Every teenager knows what it’s like to be stuck between things: childhood and maturity, innocence and experience, hope for the future and uncertainty about what that will be. But Daize is torn between even greater challenges: her love for her vulnerable mother and her dangerous friendship with Ant. An outsider with knockout trainers, Ant has just appeared on her doorstep, bringing with him a whole world of trouble.
The Silence and The Noise captures the story of two young people on the edge.
Jessica Lazar directs Rebecca Crankshaw (Paula), Raj Ghatak (Dal) and Shane Zaza (Amar) in Tajinder Singh Hayer’s Ghost Stories from an Old Country. The audio productions tour 26 October 2021 to 26 February 2022.
Dalvir has always told a good ghost story, properly unsettling, dark tales to send a chill right through his younger brother Amar. But now Dalvir’s almost a ghost himself, cloistered and secretive. Amar desperately wants to reconnect with the only family he has left, but can he unravel Dalvir’s stories to find a way back to his brother?
Threaded through with captivating fables, Ghost Stories from an Old Country is a riveting and poignant exploration of the ties that bind us.
In a reimagined iteration of the annual awards, in partnership with ETT (English Touring Theatre), the audio productions will play from free listening stations or via a QR code in theatres across the UK, with copies of the scripts including braille translations available.
The audio listening station opens at Bush Theatre on 26 October, running alongside the stage production of the 2020 Papatango New Writing Prize winning play Old Bridge by Igor Memic (21 October – 20 November), before touring to Everyman Theatre, Liverpool, Theatr Clwyd, Leeds Playhouse, Laurels Whitley Bay, Chichester Festival Theatre, Stephen Joseph Theatre, An Tobar & Mull Theatre, Theatre Royal Plymouth, Bristol Old Vic, Southwark Playhouse, Oldham Coliseum and Trinity Theatre Tunbridge Wells, concluding at the Lyric Theatre, Belfast on 26 February 2022. Full details can be found here.