Casting Announcement: Cuttin’ It

Adelayo Adedayo and Tsion Habte have been cast in Charlene James’ new play Cuttin’ It.

Directed by Gbolahan Obisesan, Cuttin’ It highlights the practice of female genital mutilation (FGM) in the UK.

It is a Royal Court/Young Vic co-production with Birmingham Repertory Theatre, Sheffield Theatres and The Yard Theatre.

With design by Joanna Scotcher, lighting by Azusa Ono and sound by Adrienne Quartly. Cuttin’ It premieres at the Young Vic 20 May – 11 June. It then tours to the Birmingham Repertory Theatre 14 June – 18 June, the Royal Court 23 June – 9 July, The Sheffield Crucible 20 July – 23 July, before coming to the Yard 26 July – 30 July.

Charlene James
won the Alfred Fagon and George Devine Awards for Cuttin’ It. She is a playwright and an actor who trained at Birmingham School of Acting and The School at Steppenwolf, Chicago. In 2008, she participated in the Royal Court’s Young Writers Programme and in 2012 she was selected to be one of the 503 Five at Theatre 503. In 2013 Charlene became a writer in residence at the Birmingham Repertory Theatre for their season focusing on mental health. Her play, Tweet Tweet, was commissioned by the Birmingham Repertory Theatre as part of Young Theatre Makers and premiered there before touring.

Gbolahan Obisesan
As a writer his credits include Feast (Royal Court), Pigeon English (Bristol Old Vic), Mad about the Boy (Edinburgh Festival, Unicorn, Bush, Young Vic) and Hold It Up(National Youth Theatre/Soho). As a writer and director his credits include How Nigeria Became, A Story, and A Spear that Didn’t Work (Unicorn). Other directing credits include We Are Proud to Present_… and _Sixty-Six Books (Bush Theatre); Songs Inside (Gate Theatre); Eye/Balls and Hold It Up (Soho Theatre); and 200 Years (Watford Palace Theatre).

He was also awarded the Bulldog Princep Bursary as Resident Director at the National Theatre Studio 2008-09 Fringe First Award. He is currently Genesis Fellow of the Young Vic.

Adelayo Adedayo
Theatre credits include Klippies (Southwark Playhouse); Rachel (Finborough) and The Dead Wait (Park Theatre). Her film credits include Unlocked, Jet Trash, London Fields, Gone Too Far and Sket. Her television credits include Black to the Future, Houdini & Doyle, Stan Lee’s Lucky Man, Law & Order UK, Some Girls (series 1-3), Skins, and Meet the Bandaiis.

Tsion Habte will make her debut at The Yard Theatre with Cuttin’ It.

Cuttin’ It by Charlene James runs at The Yard Theatre from 26 – 30 July 2016. For more info / to book tickets: http://www.theyardtheatre.co.uk/event/cuttin-it


Teenagers Muna and Iqra get the same bus to school but they’ve never really spoken.

Muna wears TopShop and sits on the top deck gossiping about Nicki Minaj’s latest beef, while Iqra sits alone downstairs in her charity shop hand-me-downs.

They were both born in Somalia but come from different worlds. But as they get closer, they realise that their families share a painful secret.

Tackling the urgent issue of FGM in Britain, Charlene James’ devastating new play reveals the price some girls pay to become a woman.

‘I know what it meant to have a little sister. I knew what it meant for her.’

A new play about FGM in Britain.

Winner of the George Devine Award for Most Promising Playwright and the Alfred Fagon Award for Best New Play.

Made Visible Casting News

Adlyn Ross has withdrawn from her role as Ila in The Yard Theatre’s forthcoming production of Made Visible due to ill-health.  Her role is now taken by Mia Soteriou.

Executive Director Lucy Oliver-Harrison said ‘It is with great regret that we confirm that Adlyn Ross will be unable to perform in our production of Made Visible due to ill-health.  We know our audiences will be disappointed not to see her in the play, however Adlyn’s well-being is our priority.  We are delighted however to welcome the fantastic Mia Soteriou to The Yard for this UK premiere of Deborah’s play’.

Director Stella Odunlami said ‘It’s been a real joy to work with Adlyn in rehearsals and, obviously, we share her disappointment that she won’t be able to continue but we’re wishing her a speedy recovery to get well soon.  We are delighted that Mia has been able to step in at such short notice’

Mia Soteriou is a British Composer, Musician and Actress.  Her many stage credits include most recently Britain’s Best Recruiting Sergeant (Unicorn), The Caucasian Chalk Circle (Unicorn) and Charlie Peace (Nottingham Playhouse).  Her film and television roles include Mamma Mia, for which she also worked as vocal coach, Game of Thrones and Count Arthur Strong.

Mia is joined in the cast by Haley Gee as Deborah and Anjali Mya Chadha as Ayesha.

The play opens to previews on 15 March with press night on Friday 18 March and will run until Saturday 9 April.