My Name is Rachel Corrie is a powerful one-person show detailing the final months of activist Rachel Corries’ life in Palestine, 2003. The play is based on Rachel’s real life diary, entries, conversations and testimonies. The articles were compiled and text was edited by Alan Rickman and Katharine Viner in 2005.
The play is scheduled to show from 1st -4th May 2019 in Sheffield Theatre Deli. It will also be part of the Festival of Debate and will feature a discussion panel at the end of each showing to discuss the contemporary situation in Palestine and how people may get involved in positive activism to make the world a better place for everyone.
To learn more about Rachel’s life visit www.rachelcorriefoundation.org
THE CREATIVE TEAM
ACTRESS: ELLA DUNLOP
We are incredibly excited to announce that Ella Dunlop represented by Sharon Henry Management will be performing as Rachel Corrie for our production. Ella was nominated for Outstanding Performance Artist at the York Culture Awards 2018 for her role as Mary Lennox in The Secret Garden (York Theatre Royal). Her theatre credits also include; Pieces of String (Mercury Theatre); The Passing of The Third Floor Back (Finborough Theatre); The Comedy of Errors (Northcott Theatre, Exeter); Conscience (Leicester Square Theatre); The Peculiar Tale of Pablo Picasso and the Mona Lisa (Edinburgh Fringe and Brockley Jack Studio) and Project Colony (Fourth Monkey Theatre Company). Her television credits include: CBBC's Creeped Out 2 and BBC's Doctors.
Director: Hassun El Zafar
Hassun El Zafar is currently a scholar student at the University of Sheffield studying an MSc in Science Communication. He is a qualified science educator and has previously worked as the Director of Sheffield Black History Month, Director of Street Science UK and Trainee Producer/Programmer at Sheffield Theatres.
STAGE MANAGER: TORI KLAYS
Tori Klays is a stage manager based in Yorkshire. Previous stage management roles include the Guild of Misrule’s immersive musical ‘NeverLand’ (Theatre Delicatessen Sheffield and The Vaults London) and ASM to their immersive ‘The Great Gatsby’ (Castle Howard and Hotel Damier, Belgium). Tori is also an actor/choreographer. Her acting credits include: Helena the Little Maid in Northumberland Theatre Company’s ‘The Little Maid Who Danced To Every Mood’, Anne in Gobbledigook Theatre’s ‘The Famous Five’ and Scarlett in Gobbledigook’s Theatre’s ‘Robin Hood’. Her choreography credits include NTC’s ‘The Little Maid Who Danced To Every Mood’ (Rural Tour) and Theatre Delicatessen’s ‘Happiness Engineers’ (Barbican London).
Producer: Sam Holland
Sam is currently the Festival Director of the annual Migration Matters festival which takes place in Sheffield during spring/summer. He has previously directed and produced two tours of Italy (2013-15) performing 3 Shakespeare plays as part of his theatre company Quite Right Theatre. He has also toured his one-man show Sanctum about the Kosovan refugee crisis across the UK. In addition to his works in theatre, Sam works in partnership with City of Sanctuary to deliver workshops for refugees and asylum seekers to help combat hate crime.
Movement Director: Lucy Haighton
Lucy is a movement artist, physical performer & choreographer based in South Yorkshire. She creates live performance work as a solo artist and also works collaboratively on a number of projects with others, both in dance and other art forms including theatre, sound design and film. She trained at the Northern School of Contemporary Dance in Leeds and the Scottish School of Contemporary Dance in Dundee graduating in 2012. Find out more at www.lucyhaighton.com
LIGHTING DESIGNER: WILL MONKS
Will Monks is a lighting designer, production electrician and video designer for theatre. After training at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, he joined Birmingham based production company Frontseat Media as their Head Of Lighting. Recent work includes lighting designer for Lung’s Chilcot (Lowry, Manchester, Battersea Arts Centre, London), E15 (Gilded Balloon, Edinburgh; Pleasance, London), The Bare Project's Bardo (Theatre Delicatessen, Sheffield), Time Passes, Listen (Theatre Delicatessen, Sheffield), Sheffield Theatre's Fuse (Sheffield Theatres, Sheffield), Music In The Round's Kreutzer vs. Kreutzer (Sheffield Theatres, Sheffield), Xanadu's Elvis in Benidorm (Benidorm Palace, Benidorm), technical co-ordinator for Theatre Delicatessen's Forge North (Camden People's Theatre, London; Theatre Delicatessen, Sheffield), video designer for Demi Nandhra's Life Is No Laughing Matter (Battersea Arts Centre, London; Quarterhouse, Folkstone), touring production electrician with Battersea Arts Centre as part of their Collaborative Touring Network (shows include Bucket Club's Lorraine And Alan, Chris Brett Bailey's This Is How We Die, and Theatre Ad Infinitum's Ballad Of The Burning Star), production electrician for ACE Dance And Music (Birmingham), Caroline Horton's Islands (Summerhall, Edinburgh), company lighting designer for Patch of Blue and d'Animate theatre companies, and associate artist with Sheffield based companies The Bare Project and Lung. Find out more at www.willmonkstheatre.com
SOUND DESIGNER: RICHARD SMITHSON
Richard Smithson is a composer and sound designer currently based in the North West of England with a breadth of musical experience. At the age of 7 he began playing the guitar, curiously experimenting with sounds to create atmosphere. This innate interest has led Richard on a path of discovery, learning multiple instruments on the way (guitar, bass, drums, keys and vocals), delving deep into music production, experimenting within sonic art under the alias Delusi, composing and sound designing for theatre with award winning directors and working with world class music libraries that provide music for media. Richard is still learning, still exploring, still striving. Find out more at www.richardsmithson.co.uk
Projection Illustrator: fem sorcell
Painting under the moniker Fem Sorcell, inspired by the French word ‘Ensocell’, literally meaning to fascinate. Fem is a Cumbrian Artist based in Sheffield who graduated from Leeds Arts University with a BA in Surface Pattern & Textile design. Working in many different areas to feed her constant curiosity for artistic expression including; Textile Design, Illustration, Art Directing, Prosthetics and Makeup for film; all leading up to her arrival in the urban art scene; the influences of these phases of her own career add up to her adaptable and dynamic style and process. Taking Influence by nature, mythology, sacred geometry, comics and animation. Find out more at www.femsorcell.com
Venue & Supporter: Sheffield Theatre Deli
Theatre Deli aims to work with theatre-makers & artists, property developers, and communities to expand resources and opportunities for people to make, participate in and experience art. Find out more at www.theatredeli.co.uk
Funder & Supporter: Arts Council England
The Arts Council England aims to champion, develop and invest in artistic and cultural experiences that enrich people's lives. They support activities across the arts, museums and libraries – from theatre to digital art, reading to dance, music to literature, and crafts to collections. Find out more at www.artscouncil.org.uk
Funder & Supporter: Sheffield Culture consortium
Sheffield Culture Consortium was founded in 2012 as an alternative to a top down Director of Culture post, to lead on the city’s strategic cultural direction. Find out more www.sheffieldculture.co.uk