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5 speakers 15 minutes each
Wed 22nd Feb 2012
The Bush Theatre
Romola Garai is an actress best known for her roles in films such as Nicholas Nickleby (2002), Daniel Deronda (2002), I Capture the Castle (2003), Vanity fair (2004), Inside I’m Dancing (2005), Atonement (2007), The Other Man (2008) and Glorious 39 (2008). She played the title role in a television adaptation of Jane Austen’s Emma in 2009, as well as playing Bel Rowley in ITV drama's The Hour in 2011. She has appeared in two Royal Shakespeare Company productions playing Nina in The Seagull and Cordelia in King Lear reprising this role later for a televised version. She appeared in 2011 in the stage play The Village Bike at the Royal Court. Romola has been nominated for a number of awards including Best Actress from the Evening Standard British Film Awards, British Supporting Actress of the Year from the London Critics Circle and a Golden Globe nomination for her performance in Emma.
Kate Pakenham began work as the executive producer at the Donmar Warehouse in January of this year where she now works alongside artistic director Josie Rourke - former artistic director of The Bush Theatre. Prior to taking on this role, Pakenham, a mother of two, had a long spell in television. She went on to become the producer at the Old Vic for over ten years, working alongside Sally Green and Kevin Spacey. She worked on productions such as The Norman Conquests, the Bridge Project and Cause Celebre amongst others and was also responsible for setting up the Old Vic's annual 24-Hour Plays fundraiser and New Voices network. Rourke describes Pakenham as ‘a complete touchstone, with a very pure understanding of what's great about theatre.’
Ché Walker is a playwright, teacher, actor and theatre director. He has been awarded the George Devine Award for Most Promising Playwright; Arts Council England Writer's Award for Drama; the Peter Brook Award (Mark Marvin Award); and been Nominated for Best Musical - The Evening Standard Theatre Awards. Ché's plays include The Frontline (first at the Shakespeare's Globe), Flesh Wound (at The Royal Court); Been So Long (at The Royal Court). Television appearances include Holby City, The Office, Eastenders (10 episodes) and The Bill. He also teaches writing and acting, working often with youth clubs as well as drama schools and theatres including RADA. He has directed a great number of plays and films, recently including Estate Walls, The Oval House Theatre, (London 2010); A Mouthful of Birds, RADA, (London 2006) and Balm in Gilead, RADA, (London 2006.)
Tim Supple is a British theatre director who has directed and adapted theatre throughout the UK and in Europe, North and South America and the Middle and Far East. He has worked regularly at the National Theatre and Royal Shakespeare Company and was Artistic Director of the Young Vic from 1993 to 2000. In 2005 Supple launched Dash Arts to create new performance in collaboration with artists from abroad. Their production of A Midsummer Night's Dream was an international success subsequently completing two tours of India, extensive tours of the UK, Australia and North America, two seasons at Stratford-Upon-Avon and a season at the Roundhouse in London. The Guardian hailed it as: ‘the most life-enhancing production of Shakespeare’s play since Peter Brook’s.’ In 2008 Supple started work on a new theatrical adaptation of One Thousand and One Nights produced by Dash Arts. It opened in June 2011 in Toronto and had its European premier at Edinburgh International Festival in August, where the Independent hailed it as ‘an instant classic of engaged storytelling…a rediscovered literary masterpiece.'