Over the last year Rifco have successfully toured two productions to The Woodville, Gravesend – Happy Birthday Sunita and The Deranged Marriage.
Rifco, working in partnership with The Woodville recognise the appetite from the local community for British Asian work and engagement with their local arts space. The ambition of this project for both companies is to engage that local community in the creation of a new piece of work and to continue to grow audience figures in the area. In addition Rifco is ready to expand its Artist Development programme to nurture British Asian talent and inspire and create the next generation of theatre maker.
Rifco has previously worked with Sukh Ojla, resident in Gravesend, on its variety show MummyJi Presents. She shone through and demonstrated great potential as a new writer and a new voice. The British Asian community and our audience warmed to her and Rifco will be working with her to develop her work.
Rifco and The Woodville will invite the local community to research workshops to hear their ideas, experiences and stories. Participants will have the opportunity to meet with Sukh and talk about the issues that they would like to explore; the things that are current in their households, their community.
At the end of the workshop series, Sukh will have the opportunity to go away and pull some of the stories together into a narrative. The narrative will be performed in an informal sharing with professional actors to the community participants as well as staff from Rifco and The Woodville.
Sukh will be supported by Rifco’s Artistic Director, a Dramaturg and a workshop facilitator to aid the development of the script. At the end of the workshop series, Sukh will have the opportunity to go away and pull some of the stories together into a narrative. The narrative will be performed in an informal sharing in December at The Woodville.
Following the sharing Rifco and The Woodville will decide whether or not to develop the piece further.