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A SOHO THEATRE AND NOUVEAU RICHE PRODUCTION
Soho Theatre and Nouveau Riche announce the World Premiere of Typical, the film version of the hit stage play, released exclusively on Soho Theatre On Demand from 24th February 2021.
A powerful exploration of racism and how British society stereotypes Black masculinity, this urgent and important new drama is created by award-winning creative movement Nouveau Riche and Soho Theatre, London’s most vibrant producer of new theatre, comedy and cabaret.
Written by award-winning playwright Ryan Calais Cameron and directed by Anastasia Osei-Kuffour, Typical uncovers the man and the humanity behind the tragic true-life events of Black British ex-serviceman Christopher Alder and the injustice that still remains twenty years since his story emerged.
Inspired to write this story following his own repeated experiences of everyday racism, playwright Ryan Calais Cameron says: “Typical is the story of a Black man, who in the comfort of his home is just a man, but as he leaves, he must navigate through society’s ideas and prejudices about what it means to be Black. Typical is a slice of our history, that I hope gives insight, education and desire for a better future.”
First performed in 2019 at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe before the hit play transferred to Soho Theatre for a sell-out run, this piece was filmed during the pandemic on location at Soho Theatre.
Hollyoaks regular and former EastEnders star Richard Blackwood reprises the critically acclaimed part he played in the original stage version. The versatile actor, whose career spans 30 years across stage and screen, delivers an intense, multi-rolling monologue that is at times both harrowing and darkly comedic.
Soho Theatre’s Creative Director David Luff adds: “We hope the power, beauty and lyricism of Ryan’s writing, and the superb work of these brilliant freelance theatre and film makers, connect to audiences beyond Soho’s stages into people’s homes and screens worldwide.”
Release date: 24th February 2021 on Soho Theatre On Demand
Standard Streaming price: £9.99 (£7.99 for Early Bird registration – see website for further details)
Bonus content with interviews featuring the creatives behind the production will also be available for viewers.
This film is dedicated to Christopher Alder’s memory and the many Black men and women whose lives have been affected by racism in our society.
PRAISE FOR TYPICAL’S STAGE VERSION in 2019
‘Gripping’ ★★★★ Evening Standard
‘An excellent performance’ ★★★★ The Stage
‘Mind-blowing’ ★★★★ Afridiziak Theatre News
‘Phenomenal’ ★★★★ The Skinny
‘Heartbreaking’ ★★★★★ The Student
‘Outstanding’ ★★★★ FEST
CREATIVE AND PRODUCTION TEAM
Writer Ryan Calais Cameron
Director Anastasia Osei-Kuffour
Actor Richard Blackwood
Producer Charlotte Campbell
Producer Gabrielle Leadbetter
Executive Producer David Luff
Executive Producer Ryan Calais Cameron
Cinematographer Jermaine Edwards
Editor Oral Norrie Ottey
Assistant Editor Robert Cone
Set and Costume Designer Zahra Mansouri
Sound Designer Gareth Fry
Original Stage Sound Designer Duramaney Kamara
Lighting Designer Paul Anderson
Lighting Programmer Laurence Russell
Original Stage Lighting Designer Sorcha Stott-Strzala
Voice and Dialect Coach Hazel Holder
Drama Therapist Wabriya King
Movement Director Coral Messam
Original Stage Movement Director Ingrid Mackinnon
Fight Director Kevin McCurdy
Assistant Director Jessica Mensah
Production Manager Sebastian Cannings
Stage Manager Sylvia Darkwa-Ohemeng
Make Up Designer Ruth McGinty
Casting Director Nadine Rennie
Camera Operator B Camera Sean Francis
Camera Operator C Camera Anna MacDonald
Focus Puller A Camera Tim Potter
Focus Puller B Camera Marco Alonso
Focus Puller C Camera Emma Friend
2nd AC Jean Ash
DIT John Miguel King
Stills Photographer Franklyn Rodgers
Lighting Equipment Sparks Theatrical Hire Ltd.
Colourist John Miguel King
Digital Imaging Services Digital Orchard
Music Clearance Laura Rouxel
Soho Technician Kevin Millband
Soho Technician Georgina Trott
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FROM THE DIRECTOR – ANASTASIA OSEI-KUFFOUR
“Shooting Typical as a film, we are hoping it can reach thousands more than our original theatre production did, because there needs to be greater awareness of Britain’s incidents of racism, injustice and police misconduct – problems that we need to tackle here in the UK. I am praying that greater awareness will contribute to the eradication of racism and injustice. Black Lives Matter, Christopher Alder’s life matters, Typical highlights this.”
RICHARD BLACKWOOD – Actor
A tour de force in the industry for the last 30 years. Richard was the first Black comic to have his own TV show in the UK and has been a regular on stage and screen ever since. Open to challenges, fearless and ambitious, he relishes telling stories, especially those that will bring change.
Film credits include: Sen in DEUS (Goldfinch), Fordy in CURIOSITY KILLS (Jerico Lane Pictures), PC Benson in MEET THE GUVNORS (Fullwell 73), Junior in STILL WATERS (Still Waters the Movie LTD), Olu in KRISH AND LEE (Jaffa Films), Linton in OUTSIDE BET (Gateway Films), Russell in ANUVAHOOD (Gunslinger) Richard in DON’T STOP DREAMING (Stereo Nation).Television credits include: Felix (series regular) in HOLLYOAKS, Billy Dwayne Ross in PANDORA, Levi in DEATH IN PARADISE (Red Planet Pictures), Vincent (series regular) in EASTENDERS (BBC), Danny in CASUALTY (BBC), Harley in HARLEY’S ANGELS (Railto Films), Anton in BRITANNIA HIGH (ITV), Mickey Crush in DANI’S HOUSE (BBC), Guest Lead in ASK TV SKETCH SHOW (Roc Motion), Sir Lancelot in SHOOT THE MESSENGER (BBC) and THE LITTLE MISS JOCELYN SHOW (BBC). Theatre credits include: TYPICAL (Pleasance Beneath, Edinburgh and Soho Theatre, London), Johnny in FRANKIE AND JOHNNY (Northern Stage), Donkey in SHREK (Theatre Royal Drury Lane, London) Brightie in CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF (Novello Theatre, London), John in ANGEL HOUSE (New Wolsey & Tour) Angel in THE UNEXPECTED GUEST (Bill Kenwright Ltd) and Paul in THE BROTHERS (Hackney Empire).
NOUVEAU RICHE is an exciting, diverse, multi-award winning, creative movement, co-founded by Ryan Calais Cameron and Shivani Cameron, and includes a team of professional artists and producers. Their objective is to discover, nurture and produce unique stories from all walks of life, with a keen scope on work that is both educational and entertaining. Their work covers the mediums of Film, Theatre, Documentary & Visual Art. Developed on Starting Blocks at Camden People’s Theatre, following sell out runs at Edinburgh Fringe and New Diorama, Nouveau Riché, winners of The Untapped Award 2018 and an Edinburgh Stage Award.
SOHO THEATRE is London’s most vibrant producer for new theatre, comedy and cabaret. We pursue creative excellence, harnessing an artistic spirit that is based in our new writing roots, the radical ethos of the fringe and the traditions of punk culture and queer performance. We champion voices that challenge from outside of the mainstream, and sometimes from within it too. We value entertainment, accessibility and enjoy a good show. We are a registered charity and social enterprise and our audiences are diverse in age, background and outlook.
Ordinarily our work plays to live audiences of 250,000 audiences a year in our Dean Street venue, at the Edinburgh Fringe and beyond. Since our temporary closure due to Covid-19 we have re-launched our online platform Soho Theatre On Demand, which hosted the phenomenally successful live recording of Fleabag. We’ve partnered with Amazon Prime Video (UK) for a three-series deal, bringing existing and new comedy shows to the platform (2020-21). We are also working towards the opening of an exciting second venue, a “local theatre with a national profile” in Walthamstow, currently slated to open in 2022.
Soho Theatre’s board is chaired by Dame Heather Rabbatts DBE and the company is led by Executive Director Mark Godfrey and Creative Director David Luff. sohotheatre.com | sohotheatreondemand.com | @sohotheatre
RYAN CALAIS CAMERON is a writer, actor Director and Producer. In 2018 Ryan produced the critically acclaimed hit Queens of Sheba (winner of Edinburgh Untapped Award), which toured nationwide last year. Ryan is also the winner of the Off West End Adopt A Playwright Award (2018) with his play Rhapsody (Arcola Theatre) and an alumnus of both the Royal Court writer’s programme (2017) and the Soho Young Company (2016). Ryan’s first play Timbuktu was part of the Bush Theatre’s Black Lives Black Words Festival 2016, a festival of radical new BAME voices. It was revived for a sell-out run at Stratford Theatre Royal East. He has been commissioned for Arcola Theatre and Royal Court and has also developed a new play based around Hollywood legend Sidney Poitier.
ANASTASIA OSEI-KUFFOUR is a Director, Writer, Producer and Poet. She trained as a director through the Young Vic Directors Programme and on the National Theatre Directors’ course. She is currently Associate Director at Theatre503 and Artistic Director of Wrested Veil Production Company.
Direction includes: Typical the film, Seeds (Leeds Playhouse, Live Newcastle, Derby Theatre & Warwick Arts Centre); Typical (Soho Theatre & Pleasance Courtyard Edinburgh Fringe & Audible version); Cuttin’ It (Royal Court, UK schools tour-19 schools); Footprints on the Moon (Finborough). www.anastasiaoseikuffour.com
JERMAINE EDWARDS borrowed his first 35mm camera at the age of 12, his aunt gave him a crash course in photography. He took those skills and started to craft a way of seeing the world. Studying Fine Art at Nottingham Trent University only lay a more solid foundation. He stumbled into the world of film making and was held hostage by what the guy with the camera was doing. Edwards worked his way through the camera department Bronson, 71, pride, Top boy learning, these relationships fostered the urge to become a cinematographer and lead him to the National Film & Television School. Since graduating he has made work that has been shown in festivals on both sides of the Atlantic, more importantly, the stories have touched people and asks questions that can only elicit an emotional response.
INC ARTS MINDS
Thanks to support from the UK’s creative sector, Inc Arts Minds offers free emotional well-being support to those in the arts dealing with racism and its ongoing effects.
Inc Arts Minds was created by Inc Arts UK Director Amanda Parker, supported by Olivier Award-winning theatre producer, Julie Clare. Dr Ndidi Boakye, Consultant Neuropsychologist and Clinical Psychologist of The Psych Practice Limited has consulted on the structure and design of the programme which is being delivered in partnership with Chanua Health.
Inc Arts Minds is hugely grateful to Arts Council England who have provided much needed investment and support in our joint aim of transforming the UK’s cultural landscape to one that is inclusive and anti-racist.
Inc Arts minds is a Charitable Interest Organisation (CIO), Charity Number 1192690.