Genesis Fellow Gbolahan Obisesan directs Cuttin’ It at the Young Vic
Thursday, 12 May 2016
“We’re opposites, even though we came from the same, she’s nuttin’ like me, an that shames me.”
Directed by Genesis Fellow Gbolahan Obisesan, Cuttin’ It runs at the Young Vic’s Maria theatre from Friday 20 May until Saturday 11 June 2016; the first production to benefit from the Genesis Fellow Production Fund, Cuttin’ it is a collaboration between five UK theatres that brings the issue of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) to a wide audience.
Written by Charlene James, this urgent and award-winning play looks at ritual, shame and bravery through the prism of different cultural perspectives. A work that speaks to young women across the UK, Cuttin’ It highlights the issue of FGM here and abroad.
David Lan, Artistic Director of the Young Vic, on the new fund:
“The Genesis Fellow Production Fund is a new addition to the Genesis Foundation and Young Vic’s long standing partnership. The generous support of the foundation contributes towards the research, workshopping and staging costs required over the Fellow’s two year position, enabling them to work in the best possible conditions, supported by the whole of the Young Vic team.”
Watch the trailer for Cuttin’ it below:
The Genesis Foundation works with the Young Vic to nurture directors in the early stages of their professional lives; it has supported the Young Vic for over ten years and, in addition to the new production fund, it currently supports the two-year Genesis Fellowship, the Genesis Directors Network and the Genesis Future Directors Award.
Former Genesis Fellows include Natalie Abrahami (2013-2014), Carrie Cracknell (2012–2013) and Joe Hill-Gibbins (2010–2011).
To find out more about the Genesis Foundation’s partnership with the Young Vic, click here.