PLAZA // Royal Central School of Speech and Drama // February 2020
Director: Maja Milatovic-Ovadia | Devised by MA Music Theatre (2020)
After last year’s The Tunnel, an exploration of theatre during the Siege of Sarajevo, the same team return to explore how the arts and activism unite in demonstrations. Today, young and old are finding their voice against vested interests through movements, such as The Sardines in Italy, Extinction Rebellion and movements begun around individuals such as Greta Thunberg’s schools protest, as well as in protests in Hong Kong, Chile, France, Mexico, Australia and Colombia. The Plaza is the public space where these demonstrations happen.
MA Music Theatre bring a global perspective to this challenging and changing space and show how, so often, music, performance, theatre and creativity help shape and forge change.
American Idiot // Derby Theatre // July 2019
Director: Matt Powell | MTExperiments
A dynamic restaging of the hit musical, American Idiot transports you into a timeless protest of repeated history. The show follows stories of friendship, the ongoing cycles of conflict across the Western World, and how we can speak up, act out and cause change in the 90 Minute Rock Opera.
The story follows Johnny, Tunny and Will who struggle to find meaning in their lives. When the three disgruntled men flee the constraints of their hometown for the thrills of city life, their paths are quickly estranged when Tunny enters the armed forces, Will is called back home to attend familial responsibilities and Johnny’s attention becomes divided by a seductive love interest and a hazardous new friendship.
Featuring a cast spanning all generations and Musical Theatre stars of the future, this theatrical event promises to be an unmissable epic that will immerse you into a site of protest, speaking against the dangers our world constantly faces. Welcome to the Revolution.