LADY MACWATA is a divised play supported using public funding by the National lottery through Arts Council England. It is produced by Ghostlight Theatre, directed by Clint Dyer and performed by Jo Martin and Magali Muxart.
The project will be presented at The Applecart Arts Theatre between the 6th-10th November for The Voila! Europe Festival. The play is a divise work based on Magali Muxart writing from her childhood memories in Africa.
Lady Macwata is a tale which empowers and embraces multiculturalism as well as to share personal stories.
With this project we wanted to explore 2 main themes: Identity and mysticism.
THE CREATIVE TEAM !
CLINT DYER - Director: Clint’s directing work was born out of Theatre Royal Stratford East’s directors course. Clint went on to direct the Olivier, Evening Standard, TMA and What’s On Stage, best Musical nominated show The Big Life, bringing it to the Apollo Theatre on Shaftesbury Avenue.
He then went on to direct and write Emergency, Sylvia Plath and to direct the award winning ‘The Westbridge’ by Rachel De-lahay all at the The Royal Court Theatre. Back at Theatre Royal Stratford East he directed the hit Roy Williams play ‘ Kingston 14’.
Leading to directing ‘Death of England’ written by Roy Williams for The Royal Court/Guardian series of short films online called ‘Off the page’. He has directed a trilogy of short films with Positive Strides UK. ‘Pukka’ which won the Notting Hill Film Festival BCIA award. ‘One Of Us’ won the Hollywood VSM film award for best drama, the best actor category at the BFM International Film Festival and was chosen as one of the top ten shorts by the UK Film Council’s First Past The Post scheme.
‘Second Chance’ which played at festivals worldwide along with the other two shorts.
Clint also directed and co-wrote the TV pilot ‘Fam’ (Lime Pictures).
JO MARTIN- Actor: Theatre includes: Everything Must Go (Soho); The Frontline (Shakespeare’s Globe); Family Man, Ready or Not, Funny Black Women on the Edge, Eldorado (Stratford East); Noughts and Crosses, Oroonoko, Don Carlos (RSC); Coyote on a Fence (Royal Exhange. Manchester/Duchess Theatre, West End); Somewhere the Shadow, Meridian (Contact, Manchester); Victor and the Ladies, Pecong (Tricycle); Rocking (Riverside Studios); To Kill a Mockingbird (Mermaid Theatre); A Temporary Rupture (Cockpit/Croydon Warehouse/tour); Beef No Chicken, Dog (Shaw Theatre); Nobody’s Back Yard (Umoja Theatre).
MAGALI MUXART- Actor. In UK: TV includes: Stella serie 5 (episodes 6,7,8). Miss Doubizoux , one woman show (The Cockpit). Actor, teacher, writer and director for Ghostlight Theatre. Magali worked as an actor in Paris for 15 years before arriving in UK.
DONNA THOMPSON- Musician. Donna is part of a band called "Light boxes music " she sings and play many instruments like guitar, drums, piano. She will accompagnied the play and create different sound scapes to help the audience feel ambiances like African jungle.
JACQUI BECKFORD: Sign language interpreter. Jacqui have an history of 20 years interpreting theatre. She is know for her work on Muhammad Ali and me (2016), Love is blind (2015), Champion of the world (2012), Miscellaneous Crew and much more. For 11 years, she interpreted covering range of programmes and BBC news 24.
GERARD MARTIN. Mouvement consultant: He trained at De Montfort University, gaining a BA Hons in English Literature and Performing Arts; he then went on to Northern School of Contemporary Dance and obtained a Diploma in Professional Dance Studies.
He has danced for the Rosie Kay Dance Company, and has toured with Tavaziva Dance, Union Dance Company, as well as dancing for the West End's production of the Lion King, Ballet Black, Aletta Collins Dance Company, State of Emergency, and Phoenix Dance Theatre .