We announce the Lyric Ensemble for 2020
From late 2019 through to summer 2020 the Company will create a brand new show with director Abigail Graham, writer Titas Halder and a professional design team
The Lyric Hammersmith Theatre announces the 15 members of the Lyric Ensemble for 2020, a group of emerging actors aged between 18-25 years old who will present a new play at the Lyric in June 2020. The performances, which will take place from 24 June – 04 July 2020, will mark the culmination of eight month’s industry training for the emerging actors and artists. The Ensemble will also attend guest masterclasses, training sessions, theatre shows, and receive career mentoring from the Lyric team. The Company will also be invited to Lyric press nights, and receive free Young Lyric membership for the entire year.
The Company will create a new, professional show with director Abigail Graham, writer Titas Halder and a professional design team. Abigail, who has directed community and education projects for The Young Vic, National Youth Theatre, Clean Break and Almeida, and Titas, who trained on the Royal Court Theatre Young Writers’ Programme and as a Resident Assistant Director at the Donmar Warehouse, will be working with the Ensemble to explore the question: “in a world which is burning down, where personal relationships are transactional, how do we love one another?”
The 2020 Ensemble includes: Siânnae Anderson, Rawaed Asde, Sofia Cala, Tierney Clark, Samuelle Durojaiye, Cloud Islay Gallagher, Felicity Ison, Sarah Lasoye, Obed Mayamona, Jacob Wayne O’Neill, Adrian David Paul, Gabriel Phelan, Kieton Saunders-Browne, Shayde Sinclair and Barbara Smith.
The Lyric Hammersmith Theatre have been nurturing young talent as part of the Lyric Ensemble programme for the past 3 years, giving them an opportunity to learn from top theatre professionals in the UK via masterclasses in performance, movement, text, design and personal development. Previous Lyric Ensemble programmes have been delivered by leading directors Holly Race Roughan and Annie-Louise Sarks through which new productions, The Mob Reformers written by Omar El-Khairy and Abandon scripted by Laura Lomas were presented.