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Maya Productions in association with LittleMighty presents

The Croydon Avengers by Oladipo Agboluaje

The Croydon Avengers unique style blends comic book visuals with action-packed martial arts to tell a funny, powerful story of terrorist threats, heroism and true friendship in an England that seems frightened of anyone who’s different.
 

  • Wheelchair Access
This event is part of the FiRST BiTES season
  • FRI 3 & SAT 4 NOV 11am & 6pm

Venue: Downstairs

Regina Rump is on the rampage! A trio of masked and hijab-wearing vigilantes send Croydon’s crime rate plummeting. They’ve run away from their war-torn homes and are just trying to help. But Regina’s not happy about it. She orders her media outlet – Rump News – to unmask the trio and get them off the streets.
Are they terrorists? Criminals? Either way, she thinks they’re a threat to British identity. 

Then a freak accident at the Gatwick deportation centre gives the trio powers beyond their wildest dreams. Can three teenage refugees really become the saviours of a doomed nation? 

Running time: 45 minutes.

This FiRST BiTE showing includes free post-show workshops:
If you had Super Powers, what would you like to change in the world?
Join the cast and creatives from The Croydon Avengers for a free post-show workshop, including Super Power selfies and In The Hotseat with the characters you've just seen.

Show+ Workshop just £5 in advance (£8 on the door)

Including the workshop, total running time is 90 minutes.

Links:

  • Fri 3 Nov, 11:00am
  • Fri 3 Nov, 6:00pm
  • Sat 4 Nov, 11:00am
  • Sat 4 Nov, 6:00pm

​Cast
Seema Bowri                                                      Regina
Adam Colborne                                                  Petr
Urielle Klein-Mekongo                                       Laure
Seda Yildiz                                                          Aisha

Creatives
Text                                                                     Oladipo Agboluaje
Direction                                                            Suzanne Gorman
Martial Arts Direction                                        Alton Brown

Designer                                                             Ella Rose
Assistant Direction and Videographer            Victor Rios

Oladipo Agboluaje: Writer 

Oladipo has recently experienced success with his play "New Nigerians" at the Arcola Theatre ("deft political satire" - The Stage). 

His other stage plays include: Early Morning (Ovalhouse), Mother Courage and Her Children (adaptation, Eclipse Theatre, national tour) For One Night Only(PBAB), Captain Britain (Talawa/New Wolsey Theatre), God is a DJ (TheatreCentre), Knock Against My Heart, (Theatre Centre, UK/Nos Do Morro, Brazil), The Estate, Iya Ile (Tiata Fahodzi), The Christ of Coldharbour Lane (Soho Theatre), Knock, Knock (Les Theatrales Charles Dullin, France), The Hounding of David Oluwale (adaptation, Eclipse Theatre, West Yorkshire Playhouse and national tour), The Garbage King (Unicorn Theatre), Telling Tales, (Almeida Theatre), Giant Killers, (Polka Theatre), Threshold (Jepson Theatre, University of Richmond, Virginia). 

His awards and nominations include an Alfred Fagon Award, Olivier Award Nominee, and Writers Guild nomination. 

Suzanne Gorman: Director 

Suzanne is the Artistic Director of Maya Productions. She has a track record in new writing and pioneering new ways of working. Her work as director on the The Honey Man was praised by The Guardian as “triumphant proof that small-scale need not mean limited ambition.” 

For Maya Productions she has directed Babel Junction, In Time, Superheroes:South of the River and Barefoot Gen. Other directing credits include:- Tales of the Harrow Road, Soho Streets, Moonwalking in Chinatown, (Soho Theatre) Bagpuss (Birmingham Stage Company/Soho Theatre) Behna (Kali/Soho Theatre), Only Connect (Shared Experience), Untold Stories;Aspects of Black and Asian Lives in Stratford Bow 1600 – 1850. (Theatre Venture), A Stoke Newington Mum On War (Young Vic Studio), Love at First Degree-Bliss (Leicester Haymarket) and Theatre Ambush, The Hairy Ape, Limbo, Pirivan Piuma (Sheffield Theatres) 

Suzanne is a Clore Fellow 2015/16. 

Alton Brown: Movement Facilitator 

Alton's blend of skills has helped to develop the show's unique movement aesthetic, based on his Karate experience. 

Alton has a background in arts administration, event management and community engagement at prestigious cultural venues such as The Roundhouse, the Theatre Royal Haymarket and the National Theatre, Royal Opera House & Southbank Centre. 

Alongside his work within the arts, he is an accomplished athlete & performance coach within the sport of Karate, having represented the English & British National Teams at the highest levels possible for over 15 years. He is a multiple European Champion & World Medalist, as well as the current Team Manager for the Great Britain university national team & Regional Coach for the National Governing Body for Karate in England. 

Ella Rose: Designer

Elle is a recent graduate of Rose Bruford College and a multidisciplinary and performance designer. Her curiosity and passion for learning leads her creative process- whether it be theatre, film or installation- to be gathered from a wide range of inspiration, with emphasis on mixing academia such as psychological and anthropological studies with artistic concepts to create beautiful, emotive outcomes.  Elle has previously designed for a range of spaces and events, including studio and site-specific, as well as for productions in theatres and marquees. Her most recent credits include Costume Design for film  In2ruders (dir: Naeem Mahmood. Post-Production), Production and Costume Designer for film Featherweight (Aukes Media. Post-Production), Set and Costume Designer  for The Glove Thief  at Tanner Street and Set and Costume Co-Designer for  Little Foot at Southwark Playhouse.

Victor Rios: Assistant Director 

Victor Rios is a Bolivian-born Actor, Theatre Artist, Facilitator and Filmmaker. Victor was a member of the National Youth Theatre, Dream Arts, National Youth Film Academy and Young Associates at Ovalhouse Theatre. He has been performing since 2011 and has written and directed plays including “Don’t Close The Door” at the Barons Court Theatre, and the short film “The Longest Night", in which he played Charlie. His short film “Ringo” won at the Streatham Film Festival 2015. 

Since 2013 Victor has been a deviser/participant of The Paper Project, a collective of young migrant artists. Their latest piece Safina al Hayat was performed at Southbank Centre. 

His latest work, the film project “Eyes with No Barriers”, is based on the current refugee crisis and has been developed through workshops with young migrants. It was commissioned by Counterpoint Arts for Refugee Week 2015. Victor was recently a Project Manager at Spare Tyre and has worked as assistant director at Young Vic.

Seema Bowri: Regina

Seema is best known for played PC Leela Kapoor on The Bill for the three years .
Other theatre credits include: My Country (National Theatre and UK Tour), Lisa’s Sex Strike (Northern Broadsides), Calcutta Kosher (Kali Theatre Co), Idol Pop (Quick Silver Theatre), The Big Magic and Monkey in the Stars  (Polka Theatre), Jungle Book (Kazzum Arts) and lots of comedy  Don't Look at my Sister..Innit!, Arrange that Marriage.. Innit! and Bollywood or Bust..Innit! (One Nation Under a Groove….Innit!!).

TV and Film includes: The Bill (ITV), Doctors, Casualty, Doctors and Coupling II (BBC), Forty Days of Mourning (Junglee/Crumega Prods), The Divide (Canvas Pictures) and All About  Me (Mondial Prods). Radio includes:Cooking By Heart (BBC Radio Drama) Tails you Lose and >From Bangalore with Love (BBC Radio 4), Westway (BBC World Service) and The Multicoloured Jackal (Right Angle Prods).

Adam Colborne

Adam is an actor based in London. He trained at East 15 Acting school and graduated in Acting for Contemporary Theatre. He has worked in TV (BBC, E4) Theatre (Soho Theatre, Oxford Playhouse, Pleasance) and film (Journey's End, Leroy). His passion is devising theatre and bringing meaningful work to wide spread audiences. He also teaches Drama to young people in London. 

Urielle Klein-Mekongo

Urielle recently graduated from East 15 acting school. She is an actor and playwright and her one woman show “Yvette” ran at Edinburgh Fringe this year and will be touring in 2018.

Seda Yildiz

Theatre includes: iAm (The Bush, Arcola, Southwark Playhouse), Parallel (Harrogate Theatre), The Space Between Us (Open Clasp UK Tour), Borderline Vultures (The Lowry), Fret (NTStudio), Hooked (ISO/Frantic Assembly), Fastburn (Kneehigh/The Scoop), Not Yet(Goethe Institute UK & Germany Tour), Beijing Olympics Closing Ceremony (The Birds Nest), Savages (Royal Court).  TV, Film and Radio includes: Finding Fatimah (Feature), Bad Dates (Channel 4), Democracy (BBC), Home (BBC Radio 4), Clowns (Radio Wolfgang), Salvador (Sony), Yorkshire Rapper (Channel 4) Seda is also a Creative Associate for the National Youth Theatre.

Additional information


The Croydon Avengers is presented as a part of Ovalhouse's FiRST BiTES series of new performance pieces, currently in development and presented as work-in-progress showings.

Supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England, by Croydon Council and Teale Charitable Trust
 

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