Current & Future Productions

2011-12 Season

Islington Community Theatre exists to make brave, innovative theatre.

Our work throughout 2012 is inspired by the idea of time.  By what came before and what comes next.  By heritage, legacy and the thought that this year, this week, this second could define our lives forever.

Our work this year includes In All the Minutes Ever, a new piece created by 30 young people about time and memory, Before Now Next, an ambitious play created in just 25 hours, and What Will Survive of Us, five new short plays by five incredibly exciting emerging playwrights.

We're also working on a new full-length commission and various other projects - keep your eyes peeled here and on our mailing list for more information.

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What Will Survive of Us

by Alice Birch, Inua Ellams, Ben Ellis, Dawn King and Janice Okoh


Sunday 22 July, Platform (full details to follow)
Monday 23 July, National Theatre Pop-Up Workshop (book now)


Five provocative short plays by some of the UK’s most exciting emerging playwrights, each one inspired by a series of workshops and conversations with young people about their heritage and the legacy they want to leave for their children and the world.

In April 2012 we invited Alice Birch, Inua Ellams, Ben Ellis, Dawn King and Janice Okoh to spend a day with a group of 40 young people drawn from across our young companies.

Through a series of workshops and structured conversations, debates and discussions, the writers and young people explored ideas of our personal past, present and future.

Each writer used these interactions to inspire a new experimental fifteen minute play to be performed by the young people who originally inspired them.

Why has Lucy spent so long at the top of a ladder?  And what happened to make J lash out at the only friend he’d ever made?  Can Uma and Tully survive in a world turned upside down? Why is Chukka so obsessed with mirrors? And what happens when three siblings travel to the homeland for the first time?  

Directed by five exciting emerging directors as part of ICT’s director development programme, each play is a provocative, thought-provoking glimpse into our past and future.

Sunday 22 July   3pm & 6pm
Platform  Hornsey Road, London N7 7QT
Tickets £6/4 on the door only

Monday 23 July   7:30pm
National Theatre Pop Up Workshop as part of NT Inside Out  South Bank, London SE1 9PX

The writers

Alice Birch
Alice has written pieces for Paines Plough, Theatre 503, Old Vic New Voices, The Arcola, nabakov and was a member of the Royal Court Young Writer's Programme. She has been attached to the National Theatre Studio (2010), Paines Plough and Channel 4 (present) and will be on attachment to the Royal Court Theatre later this year. Alice's play Many Moons is published by Oberon and was named as a Finalist for the Susan Smith Blackburn Award (2011).

Inua Ellams
Inua Ellams is a poet, playwright & performer. Descending from the nomadic Hausa people of North Africa, he has lived in Plateau State - Nigeria, Dublin - Ireland & London - England where he currently resides. His most recent book of poetry is called Candy Coated Unicorns and Converse All Stars (Flipped Eye, 2011), and his most recent play is called Black T-Shirt Collection (Oberon, 2012).

Ben Ellis
Ben Ellis's most recent work was for Headlong's Decade, directed by Rupert Goold. His other multi-award-winning plays include The Captive (Finborough), Unrestless (Old Vic Tunnels), Falling Petals (Malthouse) and The Final Shot (Theatre503). He is currently under commission to write a play about politics, isolation and violence in Australia.

Dawn King
Dawn’s play Foxfinder won the Papatango writing competition and was produced at the Finborough Theatre in 2011 where it was critically acclaimed and sold out. Foxfinder won her a Pearson bursary, and she is currently attached to the Finborough. She was one of ten writers chosen for the BBC Writersroom 10 scheme, and through this received a seed commission to write for West Yorkshire Playhouse. Dawn writes regularly for BBC Radio and her short film The Karman Line will hit film festivals this year.

Janice Okoh
Janice Okoh is an award winning writer. Her play Three Birds won the 2011 Bruntwood Prize and was shortlisted for the Verity Bargate Award and Alfred Fagon Award. Janice writes for radio and recently adapted Malorie Blackman's novel Noughts & Crosses for BBC Radio 4.


The Directors

Elisa Amesbury
Elisa completed the Birkbeck MFA Theatre Directing with First Class honours in September 2011. Whilst training she spent a year on attachment at Manchester Library Theatre where she worked as assistant director on Hard Times, A Doll’s House, A Christmas Carol, Arcadia. Whilst at the company she also adapted and directed Getting Married, an adaptation of a Strindberg short story. Her recent work as a director includes the William Finn musical A New Brain, Gilbert & Sullivan’s The Mikado (both Stanwix Arts Theatre), Future Shock - a premiere for the 24:7 Theatre Festival in Manchester, and Bizet’s Carmen (Midland Opera). She is currently assisting Sarah Esdaile on Hull Truck’s National tour of Lady In The Van.

Bethan Dear
Trained at Middlesex University where she graduated with a BA Honours Theatre Arts in 2009. Directing includes The Goodnight Bird (Finborough Theatre) , Autumn in Arcadia (The Castle Theatre and Arts Centre, Wellingborough), Tell Tales (The Bussey Building)  and  They May Not Mean To But They Do (The Lion). Bethan was Resident Assistant Director at the Finborough Theatre in 2010 where she assisted Blanche McIntyre, Beckie Mills and Adam Lenson. Other assistant direction includes Festival of the Dead for theatre companies Nabakov and Tangled Feet (Battersea Arts Centre). Bethan has also worked extensively in British and international youth theatre including productions for Softpower Education in Uganda and OYO in Namibia. In June this year Bethan will direct Count Down To The Happy Day as part of the NAAA Play-reading festival (Tristan Bates Theatre) and in September this year returns to the Finborough Theatre to direct Hindle Wakes by Stanley Houghton.

Guy Jones
Guy is Literary Advisor at Islington Community Theatre, and co-runs the writing programme Speakeasy. He is a director and dramaturg, working with professional and non-professional actors and writers. Directing credits have included Spinning a Yarn (a community opera of the Cultural Olympiad), Doctor Faustus (Richmond Youth Theatre), Mine's A Pint (Bolton Octagon/schools tour), No Wonder (National Student Drama Festival 2009 / Library Theatre, Manchester), Local (Royal Exchange, Manchester), How Hard it Happens (Edinburgh Fringe) and Beowulf (Edinburgh Fringe). He runs participatory workshops for organisations including Ambassadors Theatre Group and the Unicorn.

Sanchia Legister
Sanchia, graduated from the Central School of Speech and Drama in 2004. Since graduating, Sanchia has worked predominantly with inner city children and young people, engaging them through the arts. She has worked for the Central School of Speech and Drama, Y-Touring Theatre Company, charity organisation GroOops and Camden's Youth Service.

Alex Thorpe
Alex is the Resident Director at Sheffield Theatres as part of the Theatre Directing programme at Birkbeck. Over the past year Alex has worked as assistant director on One Monkey Don’t Stop No Show, Democracy and Company, working alongside Dawn Walton, Paul Miller and Jonthan Munby. Most recently he directed readings of Here, as part of the Michael Frayn Season and You Can't Choose Your Mother for Hull Truck Theatre. He is currently assisting on Betrayal starring John Simm. Other credits include work for the National Youth Theatre, Little Angel Theatre and Almeida Theatre.

Assistant Director: Ibrahim Shote
Ibrahim trained at the Young Vic Theatre on the Introduction to Directing course and was the first winner of the Joanna David Award for future theatre makers in 2011.  He has worked as the assistant director on Southwark Playhouse Young Company's Production of The Arsonists and on The Man With The Disturbingly Smelly Foot (Philoctetes) and How to Think The Unthinkable (Antigone), at the Unicorn Theatre.