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Tuesday, 18 September 2018

Preview: POT at Hexham Queen’s Hall

Ambreen Razia, Ovalhouse and Rua Arts present:

POT

Hexham Queen’s Hall Arts Centre
Tuesday 2nd October 2018

Written by Ambreen Razia
Directed by Sophie Moniram

From the writer of Diary of a Hounslow Girl, a restless new thriller reveals the hidden lives of Britain’s invisible children, adrift in the care system at the mercy of gang culture



“A sophisticated, moving and often very funny piece of writing”
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The Stage (on Diary of a Hounslow Girl)

In the year that has seen knife crime in the UK soar to an unprecedented level, writer and actress Ambreen Razia, whose hugely successful Diary of a Hounslow Girl has been commissioned by BBC Three for a pilot, presents the corrupt and violent world of inner city gang culture. Ambreen will once again be collaborating with director Sophie Moniram, one of The Old Vic 12 class of 2018.

POT delves into the lives of Britain’s invisible children, adrift in the care system and inadvertently impacted by gang culture.16-year-old Louisa wakes up in a flat on her estate with her erratic and unstable boyfriend Josh missing and a notorious drug dealer on her back. A young man, Miles, who is clearly concealing his own troubled past has been appointed her protector. Time is running out as Louisa must decide whether to do the right thing whilst a series of revelations suggest everything is not as it seems.

Ambreen Razia said, “POT is a raw tale set in inner-city London and it pulls no punches. It raises questions about why young people who leave care, form families on the streets. I want to capture these stories which go untold, the voices which echo from the underbelly of our cities; nobody should be exempt from seeing themselves reflected back at them. I believe that through theatre we can help tell stories which centre around young people who are unheard, mis-represented or exploited, enabling us to break down misconceptions and dismantle damaging stereotypes.”

Rehearsal Photo by Suzy Corker
Ambreen Razia is an actress & writer from South London. Her critically acclaimed debut play Diary of a Hounslow Girl, commissioned by Ovalhouse, toured nationally with Black Theatre Live and House Theatre, featured at Alchemy Festival, Southbank and has been commissioned as a TV pilot for BBC Three. Awards include Best Newcomer, Asian Media Awards 2016 and Eastern Eye Emerging artist award, 2017. Ambreen was nominated for the Outstanding Achievement Award at the 'Women of the World' festival earlier this year. Credits include: On the Middle Day (Old Vic Theatre); Words and Women (Edinburgh Fringe); Diary of a Hounslow Girl (Black Theatre Live National UK Tour) ; Mind the Gap (National Theatre); No Guts, No Heart, No Glory (Perth International Arts Festival Australia / BBC 4) Random Acts (Channel 4); Murdered by my Father (BBC Three); Finding Fatimah (British Muslim TV); Ladies Day (Sky), Ilford Lane (BFI), Killed by my Debt (BBC).

Rehearsal Photo by Suzy Corker
Director Sophie Moniram was an Assistant Director on the critically acclaimed production of Yerma at the Young Vic and is a Creative Associate at the Gate Theatre. Directing credits include Diary of a Hounslow Girl by Ambreen Razia (national tour), The Five Stages of Waiting by Caro Dixey (Tristan Bates Theatre), Creditors by August Strindberg (in a version by David Greig) (Cockpit Theatre), Fucking Outside the Box by Jessica Burgess (VAULT Festival: The Vaults).

POT has been commissioned by Ovalhouse and supported by Stratford Circus Arts Centre.

Ovalhouse is a lively theatre on the Kennington Oval, opposite the famous cricket ground. For the past 50 years, Ovalhouse has been part of the London fringe, providing development and performance space to experimental, radical and overlooked artists. Whether you love a show or not there is always so much talk about after a performance here! Today Ovalhouse is known for theatre and performance that speaks to a world beyond the mainstream, and continues to be a vital home for boundary-pushing art and artists with an eye on the future.

Rehearsal Photo by Suzy Corker
Stratford Circus Arts Centre is a vibrant place to create and experience art through world-class theatre, dance, music and circus and visual exhibitions and we present work for families, young people and adults. We support national, international and East London artists to create new work that is relevant to local people, connecting artists and audiences to help them find authentic voices.

On The Web:
#POTthePlay
@AmbreenRazia
@RuaArts
Running Time: 90 minutes, no interval
Suitable for ages 14+ (references to drugs and alcohol)

Cast & Creatives

Directed by Sophie Moniram                           
Written by Ambreen Razia

Dramaturgy by  Neil Grutchfield                     

Produced by Maeve O’Neill (Rua Arts)

Design & Costume by Alison Neighbour       
Sound design by Jonny Wharton
Lighting design by Jamie Platt                       
Production management by Andy Shewan
Photography by Suzi Corker                           
Graphic design by Nick Thompson

Cast: Gamba Cole, Sophia Leonie and Wahab Sheikh


Tickets:
Tickets are available online from www.queenshall.co.uk and from the box office: 01434 652477


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