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Park Sessions: Getting Into Your Own Theatre Company with Ryan Calais Cameron
ARTISTIC DIRECTOR, NOUVEAU RICHE I RYAN CALAIS CAMERON
PARK SESSIONS PROGRAMME CURATOR I HOLLY ADOMAH THOMPSON
Ryan Calais Cameron
Ryan is a writer for theatre and more recently TV.
Theatre: Ryan’s play TYPICAL, which starred Richard Blackwood, sold out its run at Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2019 and its transfer to Soho Theatre Upstairs, garnering 4 star reviews across the board. Soho Theatre filmed the performance which will be available on Soho-On-Demand. QUEENS OF SHEBA, co-written with Jessica Hagan, won the 2018 Edinburgh Untapped Award having played to sell-out audiences at the Camden Peoples Theatre in October 2017. Its 4 week run at Edinburgh Fringe Fest 2018 sold out, garnering 4 and 5 star reviews across the board and winning the Edinburgh Stage Award 2018; it transferred to the New Diorama Theatre, London (where it also sold out!) and it went on national tour in 2019 coming in to Battersea Arts Centre in November. The screen rights have been optioned by Tiger Aspect for a half hour Comedy adaptation to be written by Ryan and Jessica. Ryan was the winner of the 2018 Off West End ‘Adopt A Playwright Award’ for his play RHAPSODY, which was produced at the Arcola in March of that year. RETROGRADE, which he wrote on his year of ‘adoption’, was shortlisted for the 2019 Alfred Fagon Award and Verity Bargate Award 2020. Ryan is an alumnus of the Royal Court writer’s programme 2017 and the Soho Young Company 2016/17. He is under commission to the Royal Court and the Arcola.
TV: Ryan is developing several original series with indies which include: ANGEL TOWN (Stephen Garrett/Character 7), MY BROTHERS’ KEEPER (Warp Films), BLOOD RIGHTS (Red Planet (adaptation) and a comedy drama based on the early years of award-winning actor Hammed Animashaun’s life, growing up in the East End of London, (Objective TV).
Ryan’s first play TIMBUKTU was part of the Bush Theatre’s Black Lives Black Words Festival 2016, a festival of radical new BAME voices. It was revived in February 2018 for a run at The Stratford Theatre Royal East which sold out.
Ryan is also a professional Actor. His work in Theatre includes Mogadishu (Manchester Royal Exchange/Lyric Hammersmith), The West Bridge (The Royal Court), The Dug out (The Tobacco Factory) and Sponge (Old Vic New Voices). TV/Film credits include Luther (BBC) Jekyll and Hyde (ITV), The Coroner (BBC), Suspects (Channel 5), Casualty (BBC), Honey Trap (Bright Pictures) and The Interceptor (BBC) Cilla (ITV).
Holly Adomah Thompson
Holly Adomah Thompson is a Theatre Marketer based in South East London. She began her career as Marketing Intern at Park Theatre and eventually became the first and last Marketing Manager at The Bunker Theatre. Holly has led marketing campaigns, for instance the sold out My White Best Friend for The Bunker Theatre and for productions programmed at The VAULTS Festival (2020) and received the Social Media Presence and Activities OFFIE Award 2020 for The Bunker Theatre. She is also the founder of Getting in Formation, her events company which seeks to provide insight and information on the arts sector to emerging and entry level creatives. Holly is also the co-creator of Creative Futures, an event series for the University of Greenwich to inspire their Drama students to pursue careers in theatre.
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