Full casting announced for Kiln Theatre’s Nw Trilogy by Moira Buffini, Suhayla El-Bushra and Roy Williams

NW Trilogy at Kiln Theatre

With the critically acclaimed The Invisible Hand by Ayad Akhtar currently playing at the theatre, Artistic Director Indhu Rubasingham announces the cast for the forthcoming NW Trilogy – three short plays by Moira BuffiniSuhayla El-Bushra and Roy Williams performed together for each performance. For Waking/Walking by Suhayla El-Bushra – Anoushka Chadha (Meera Mehdi), Natasha Jayetileke (Anjali Mehdi), Rina Fatania (Susheela Parekh), Ronny Jhutti (Deepak Mehdi), and Claire Keenan (Niamh O’Connell); for The Dance Floor by Moira Buffini – Claire Keenan (Aoife Gallagher), Emmet Byrne (Sean), Aoife McMahon (Katie O’Driscoll), and Harmony Rose Bremmer (Veronica); and for The Life of Riley by Roy Williams – Harmony Rose Bremmer (Paulette) and Chris Tummings (Riley). NW Trilogy opens on 14 September, with previews from 6 September, and running until 9 October. The trilogy, directed by Kiln Theatre Associate Directors Taio Lawson and Susie McKenna, is now on sale.

Susie McKenna said today, “We’re so excited about the cast we have assembled – some professional debuts and some very experienced veterans of the stage. Every evening they will give audiences a lively celebration of three migrant communities, where we take a journey through Kilburn and Brent and hear the different sounds, music and languages, watch our characters building a future and explore their different stories.”

Taio Lawson added, “As we move through these plays, we also get soundbites and reality checks about the hostile environments that these migrant communities were living amongst, and by doing that, it makes their stories resonate with greater vibrancy because despite that hostile environment they shone, and continue to shine so bright. After the last 18 months, it’s so important to us that we take time to come together to recognise and celebrate our local communities.”

For audience safety and the safety of staff, cast and crew, NW Trilogy will play to a reduced capacity which allows more room between audience members.

For more information https://kilntheatre.com/your-safety/.

Building on the success and resonance of their Kiln Community Appeal which raised over £100,000 to support local initiatives, Kiln Theatre has launched the NW Trilogy Fundraising Appeal. With a target of £25,000, all funds raised will go towards putting these Brent stories on stage, showcasing the vibrancy, activism and brilliance of the borough.

For further information: https://kilntheatre.com/nw-trilogy-appeal/


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Kiln Theatre presents


by Moira Buffini, Suhayla El-Bushra and Roy Williams

6 September – 9 October

Press night:  14 September at 7pm

Directed by Taio Lawson and Susie McKenna; Design by Sadeysa Greenaway-Bailey;

Lighting Design by Richard Howell;Composer and Sound Design by Ben and Max Ringham;

Movement, Fight and Intimacy Director Yarit Dor; Musical Director Abdul Shyllon; Assistant Director Ashen Gupta; Casting Director Briony Barnett CDG

Set amongst the vibrant, intense cacophony of North West London, NW Trilogy is a collection of vivid stories that remember and celebrate people who changed the course of history. The personal is political in these soulful explorations of what it means to be part of one of the most dynamic communities in the world. 

First, we reel to a dance hall in ‘County Kilburn’ in Moira Buffini’s Dance Floor where the Guinness flows, the music never stops and for homesick Aoife, there’s far more at stake than a dance. 

In Roy Williams’ bittersweet Life of Riley, Paulette is on a journey to connect with her estranged father Riley, a reggae musician once part of the influential Trojan Records scene, who can’t seem to let go of the past.

And, Suhayla El-Bushra’s Waking/Walking introduces us to Anjali, a wife, mother and newly arrived migrant following Idi Amin’s expulsion of the Asian minority from Uganda, who is torn between not making a fuss and seizing her moment to take a stand as the Grunwick dispute unfolds.

NW Trilogy is powerful, funny and epic and shows us how we can change the world from our doorstep.

Presented as part of the Mayor’s London Borough of Culture, Brent 2020 with support from Airbnb Community Tourism Programme.

This production is supported by Cockayne – Grants for the Arts and the London Community Foundation; and the Stanley Thomas Johnson Foundation.

Harmony Rose Bremmer makes her professional stage debut in NW Trilogy having recently graduated from RADA. Her television credits include Logan High.

Emmet Byrne’s theatre credits include The Great Hunger, By the Bog of Cats (Abbey Theatre), Blood Wedding (Salisbury Playhouse), The Misfits (Corn Exchange), Cell Mates (Hampstead Theatre), Angela’s Ashes (Ireland tour), Breaking Dad, Big Maggie (Gaiety Theatre), and Enjoy! (Rough Magic). For television, his work includes Forever in My Heart, Lore, Striking Out, Red Rock and Burning Wishes; and for film, Twice Shy.

Anoushka Chadha’s theatre work includes The Show Must Go On! (MZG Theatre Productions); and for television, Extinct and Unforgotten.  

Rina Fatania returns to Kiln Theatre, having previously appeared in Approaching Empty (also Tamasha). Her previous credits for Tamasha include The House of Bilquis BibiWuthering HeightsA Fine BalanceChild of the Divide and Strictly Dandia. Other theatre credits include The Village, Sinbad the Sailor, Anita and Me, Love N Stuff, Guantanamo Boy (Theatre Royal Stratford East), The Tin Drum, Dead Dog in a Suitcase (HOME Manchester), Oliver Twist (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre), Roller Diner (Soho Theatre), Paradise of the Assassins (Tara Arts), Mummyji Presents (Birmingham Rep), The Empress (RSC), Wah! Wah! Girls (Kneehigh/Sadler’s Wells), Britain’s Got BhangraIt Ain’t All Bollywood, Meri Christmas, The Deranged Marriage (UK tour) and Bombay Dreams (Apollo Victoria). Her television credits include Too Close, Wanderlust and People Just Do Nothing; and for film, Raabta, Mummji PresentsMumbai CharlieCatch That Train and Connection.

Natasha Jayetileke’s theatre credits include Romantics Anonymous (Shakespeare’s Globe), Bend it Like Beckham (Phoenix Theatre), The Snow Queen (Nuffield, Southampton), Wah! Wah! Girls (Kneehigh/Sadler’s Wells), Britain’s Got Bhangra (UK tour), Takeaway (Theatre Royal Stratford East), Eurobeat (Novello Theatre), The Lion King (Lyceum Theatre), Nitin Sawhney’s Mahabharata (Sadler’s Wells) and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (New London Theatre). For television, her work includes Feel Good, The Kemps – All True, My Name is Lizzie, Bumps, Years and Years, The Most Beautiful Hands of Delhi, The Royals and Hustle; and for film, A Private War.

Ronny Jhutti’s credits include The Game of Love and Chai (Tara Arts), Ciphers (Out of Joint), Rafta Rafta (National Theatre), The People Next Door (Traverse Theatre), Romeo and Juliet (Southwark Playhouse), Moonshed (Manchester Royal Exchange), and Balti Kings and Untouchables (Tamasha). For television, his work includes Ripper StreetBreathless, Vexed, Shameless, Survivors, Doctor Who, Banglatown Banquet and Ideal; and for film, Tea, The Surprise, ReconEverywhere and Nowhere, Cash and Curry, Four Brothers and a Funeral and Bollywood Queen.

Recent graduate Claire Keenan’s theatre credits include Dogfight (Southwark Playhouse).

Aoife McMahon’s theatre work includes The Bombing of the Grand (The Cockpit Theatre), Juno and The Paycock(Liverpool Everyman/Bristol Old Vic), The Silver Tassie, Scenes From The Big Picture(National Theatre), Goodnight Mr Tom (Phoenix Theatre), The Tempest (Watermill Theatre), Autumn Fire (Finborough Theatre), Translations (Abbey Theatre), The Oresteia(SummerScape Festival, NY), Henry VIII, Beauty And The Beast(RSC), Pains Of Youth (National Theatre Studio) and Andorra (Young Vic). For television, her work includes The Feed, Broken, The Royals, Partners In CrimeMy Dad’s The Prime Minister, The Clinic, Steel River Blues, Holy Cross and Random Passage (Winner of 2002 Best Actress Gemini Award and Canadian BAFTA).

Chris Tummings’ theatre work includes One Man, Two Guvnors (Black Rat Productions), Trim Palace (2 Heavy Productions), The Firm (Bush Theatre), Race (2 Heavy Productions and Reading Rep), Soul SisterThe Big Life (UK tours), The Harder They Come (UK Arts International, Nottingham Playhouse), Tina, Simply The Best (Hackney Empire), Main Man at Apollo (Strand Theatre) and  Zumbi (Black Theatre Co-op). For television his credits include The Widow, Death in Paradise, Get Up Stand UpHolding On and Full Stretch; and for film, Red Devil, Trendy, Garfield, Runners and Burning an Illusion.

Moira Buffini‘s plays include Handbagged (Kiln Theatre / West End / US), Gabriel (Soho Theatre / UK Tour), wonder.land (MIF / National Theatre), Welcome to Thebes, A Vampire Story (National Theatre), Dying For It, Marianne Dreams (Almeida Theatre), Dinner (RNT Loft / West End / UK tour), Loveplay (Barbican), The Games Room (Soho Theatre) and Blavatsky’s Tower (Machine Room). For telelvison, her work includes Harlots; and for film, The Dig, Jane Eyre and Tamara Drewe.

Suhayla El-Bushra was writer in residence at the National Theatre Studio from April 2015 to August 2016, during which time her adaptation of Nikolai Erdman’s The Suicide was staged in the Lyttelton Theatre. Other stage work includes The Kilburn Passion (Kiln Theatre), Pigeons (Royal Court Theatre / UK tour), Cuckoo (Unicorn Theatre) and Arabian Nights (Royal Lyceum, Edinburgh). For screen her credits include 2 series of Channel 4’s Ackley Bridge, and a short film for Film4.

Roy Williams is an award-winning playwright. His recent plays include Death of England (National Theatre), 846 (Theatre Royal Stratford East and GDIF), Sing Yer Heart Out for the Lads (Chichester Festival Theatre), The Firm, (Hampstead Theatre, Downstairs), Soul: The Untold Story of Marvin Gaye (Royal and Derngate / Hackney Empire), Antigone (Pilot Theatre / UK tour), Wildfire (Hampstead Theatre) Advice for the Young at Heart (Theatre Centre), an adaptation of The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner (Pilot Theatre/ UK Tour), Sucker Punch (Royal Court Theatre, nominated for Olivier Award for Best Play), Kingston ‘14 (Theatre Royal Stratford East) and Category B (Kiln Theatre).

Kiln Theatre Associate Director Taio Lawson directs. His work includes adaptations and instillation, including Devil for East-15 and HOME at the Young Vic. He was Resident Director at Sheffield Theatres (part of the Regional Theatre Young Director Scheme), where he directed hang. As Director credits include How To Make Love To A Muslim Without Freaking Out (rehearsed reading, Bush Theatre), What We Are, 90’s Kid (ETC Theatre), Gutted ‘n’ Battered (UK and international tour). For Sheffield Theatres, Assistant Director credits include Love and Information, Frost/Nixon, The Wizard of Oz and Desire Under The Elms. As Assistant Director credits include Life of Galileo (Young Vic), Oil, They Drink It in the Congo (Almeida Theatre).

Kiln Theatre Associate Director Susie McKennadirects and her work for the company includes Blues in the Night (Olivier Award nomination for Outstanding Achievement in an Affiliate Theatre). She was Creative Director of Hackney Empire from 2010 – 2017. As well as writing/directing 21 pantomimes, her directing credits there include Beau JestSit and ShiverKat & Tameka ShowHa Ha Hackney, Martin Smith’s King. Other credits include: As writer/director – The Silver Sword (Belgrade Theatre/UK tour) and A Christmas Carol ( Hackney Empire & Arts Theatre London), as director – Once on This Island (Birmingham Rep/Nottingham Playhouse), Oranges and Elephants (Hoxton Hall), A Midsummer Night’s Madness and Macbeth (National Black Theatre of Harlem/Hackney Empire/Edinburgh Festival Fringe).

Kiln Theatre                                                                                                                                              Listings

269 Kilburn High Road, London, UK, NW6 7JR

Box Office: 020 7328 1000


Tickets from £15

All tickets for first preview £15

6 September – 9 October

Press night:  14 September at 7pm

Audio Described Performance 30 September, 7.30pm

Post Show Q&A 5 October, 7.30pm

Captioned Performance 7 October, 7.30pm

Under 26 – £10 (subject to availability)

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