'In Bed' by Adebayo Bolaji
"Two actors- Nina and Sean- spend a night together to rehearse a play... What you think happens, (or might happen), is maybe part of the 'problem'. A testing, funny and sexy piece of contemporary theatre looking at sexual objectifications and assumptions- through simple yet theatrical storytelling".
Co-produced by What Was That? Productions & Ex Nihilo Theatre Group, 'In Bed' will run at exciting new venue The London Theatre Workshop from 15-20 September. Shows are at 19.30 Monday to Saturday, with matinee performances at 14.30 on Wednesday 17, and Saturday 20 September. Press night will be Thursday 18 September at 20:00 and tickets can be requested by email for relevant parties. The play is performed in one act.
Nina will be played by MOBO Award winner, Allyson Brown. Allyson has recently been touring in 'Snakes & Ladders', she has appeared in TV productions such as 'Secret Diary of Call Girl' and is well known for her work in 'Bear Behaving Badly'. Theatre credits include 'Les Miserables' West End, 'The Tempest', 'Antony & Cleopatra' 'Julius Cesar' for the RSC.
Sean will be played by Adebayo Bolaji. Ade is currently filming a BBC2 feature length drama directed by John Alexander. Other theatre credits include original London casts of 'Ghost the Musical', 'The Color Purple', and 'The Scottsboro Boys'. Adebayo also had a featured role in the most recent James Bond film, 'Skyfall'.
'In Bed' is written, and directed by Adebayo, and is a co-production between Bolaji's Ex Nihilo Theatre Group, and Alan Mehdizadeh's company, What Was That? Productions. Alan Mehdizadeh is currently playing the role of Big Davey in the West End production of 'Billy Elliot the Musical', and has theatre credits including 'The Incredible Book Eating Boy' The MAC Belfast/Cahoots NI, 'Robin Hood' The Marlowe Theatre Canterbury/Evolution Productions, 'Watership Down', Regent's Park Open Air Theatre.
Adebayo Bolaji & Alan Mehdizadeh have been friends (and collaborators) since 1994. They attended Drayton Manor High School where they performed in school plays and wrote their own material which they would perform in drama festivals. They remain close friends, and continue to collaborate together 20 years later.
Ex Nihilo (meaning Out of Nothing) Theatre Group acts as a collective, a collective of artists.
Boasting itself in creating new provocative work and ideas mainly through the medium of theatre, but using all forms of the arts to express this. Founded by Adebayo Bolaji whilst studying at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, Ex Nihilo runs along side B.A.S.E (Bolaji Arts School Experimentation) a new school/research centre currently in formation, with the main focus of researching artistic processes and needs... What do actors need 'today'- this generation?
What Was That? Productions are a professional production company founded by Alan Mehdizadeh. The company aim to provide a safe, risk-free environment for anyone wishing to work in the entertainment industry with a friendly, fun and proactive company.
To date, the company have produced productions of 'Jesus Christ Superstar', 'Tick, tick...BOOM!', 'Table Manners' and the World Premiere of 'The Kebabman Cometh'. The company have also produced several cabaret evenings, and have worked with more than 100 performers, musicians, stage crew, creative's and theatre staff on their productions. More info below.
Tickets for 'In Bed' will be on sale from June 1 via http://londontheatreworkshop.co.uk/book-tickets/
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