Look at Us
A play by JJ Bola and Daniel Kramb
Linda Wachaga | Ciaran John
Directed by Liisa Smith
In a dingy Dalston flatshare a young couple are sitting it out. Unable to deal with what’s happening out there, and what isn’t for them, they are spending their nights and days in bed, in thrall of social media, utterly powerless. Will you dare to look at them?
Featuring original music and poetry, ’Look at Us’ is a timely short play that takes on the political situation, gender roles, class, sexuality, and the influence of social media.
We welcome the authors and the director, Liisa Smith, as two actors read the script for this first opportunity to hear the work, leave your feedback, and perhaps even get involved.
JJ Bola is a writer and poet of three collections; ‘Elevate’ (2012), ‘Daughter of the Sun’ (2014), and ‘WORD’ (2015). His debut novel, ‘No Place to Call Home’, was first published in the UK in 2017.
Daniel Kramb is the author of three novels; ‘Central’ (2015), ‘From Here’ (2012), and ‘Dark Times’ (2010); and a collection of poetry; ‘Timid Takes’ (2013). Originally from Germany, he has lived and worked in London since 2003.
Originally from Estonia, Liisa Smith graduated from King’s College London / RADA with a postgraduate degree in theatre directing. Previous London credits include The Highway Crossing at the Blue Elephant Theatre and The Arcola (Time Out Critic’s Choice), On Raftery’s Hill at The Rosemary Branch (Time Out 4***), The Bird Sanctuary at The Rosemary Branch (Time Out Critic’s Choice), Happy Everyday! at The Lion and Unicorn, An Experiment with an Air Pump at the Lion and Unicorn (co-produced with The Giant Olive Theatre Company), and Belfy at The Space. Estonian credits include Poor Beast in the Rain (Vanemuine Repertory Theatre), Purge (Vanemuine Repertory Theatre: extended for three seasons, completed a national tour, and performed by invitation at the Finnish National Theatre), and chamber opera The Last Monogamist (Kamber). St Albans productions include The Beauty Queen of Leenane at the Abbey Theatre; and God of Carnage, Under the Blue Sky, and Betrayal at the Maltings Arts Theatre.
Linda Wachaga is an up and coming actor, Kenyan, brought up in Manchester. Last year she moved to London to embark on a degree in Biomedical sciences alongside further opportunities in the arts sector. She has been a supporting artist for numerous TV and film productions but more recently has pursued roles in theatre. This year she was involved in the “Act II Festival” at the Arcola Theatre, co-lead in the play: “The Lost Spell”, written by Ayotomi Aif and directed by Sia Kim. As well as Cuntemporary’s “Ecofutures Festival”, performing in “From Chibok to Calais” curated by Eca Eps.
Ciaran John is an actor with a strong background in devising and collaboration. He's an Associate Artist of absurdist theatre makers LoudGround, and is currently working with them on their new show, 'SNAPPER', which explores belief systems, and the individual's place in the community. Ciaran frequently devises and performs in immersive productions, this year, he will be working on the theatrics for BoomTown Festival. Other recent work includes 'Turtle's Don't Like Plastic' (dir. Annabel Morley, Todos Teatro, Brighton Fringe) and 'The Viewing' (Dir. Claire Macneill, The Ninth Life).
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