Genesis Future Directors Award 2016 winners to direct two plays at the Young Vic
Monday, 4 April 2016
Dutchman, directed by Ola Ince, will run from 6 – 16 April
trade, directed by Bryony Shanahan, will run from 16 – 26 November
Amiri Baraka’s play, Dutchman, centres on two strangers as they meet on a subway train on an oppressively hot day: Lula, a white woman and Clay, a black man. Striking up a conversation that twists and turns through dangerous territory, the characters hurtle at full speed towards their fate. Written in the 1960s, Baraka’s powerful play explores the reality of race relations and freedom in America. Ola Ince, one of two winners of the Genesis Future Directors Award 2016 and who first worked at the Young Vic in 2012 on One Million Tiny Plays About Britain, will highlight the enduring relevance of Dutchman when this new production opens at the Young Vic’s Clare Theatre.
Later in the year, Bryony Shanahan’s production of trade will take to the same stage. In this play, written by award-winning playwright debbie tucker green, three women, Local, Regular and Novice, navigate their way through a series of powerful oppositions: here and there, attack and defence, us and them. Charged with undertones of exploitation and self-justification, fragments of dialogue offer an insight into their lives and the concept of financial and emotional trade.
The Genesis Future Directors Award nurtures and develops emerging young directors by providing them with an invaluable opportunity to explore and develop their craft while creating their first fully resourced production at the Young Vic without the scrutiny of the media. Ola and Bryony became the sixth and seventh recipients of this award earlier this year and will be supported and mentored by the Young Vic including Artistic Director David Lan and Genesis Fellow Gbolahan Obisesan.
Former recipients of a Genesis Future Directors Award include Rikki Henry (2015), Finn Beames (2014), Tinuke Craig (2014), Matthew Xia (2013) and Ben Kidd (2012).
To find out more about the Genesis Foundation’s partnership with the Young Vic, click here.