Kay Adshead

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Film, TV & Theatre

Film, TV & Theatre

Kay Adshead is Artistic Director and co-founder of the award winning Mama Quilla Theatre Company.  It is a woman lead theatre company and spotlights human rights issues.  The company has worked in partnership with the All African Women’s Group (Mother’s Campaign), Women Against Rape and Women in Dialogue.  For more information on Mama Quilla, see www.mamaquilla.org.

Work as a director includes Hanging Loose (a promenade production in Hulme, Manchester); On the Verge (Man in the Moon), Fen, Entertaining Strangers and The Possibilities (all at the Lyric Hammersmith Studio); East End Tales by Fin Kennedy, Five Crimes Reconstructed and devised and directed Woolworths: The Musical (Broadway Theatre, Barking).  Kay has devised and directed A Short (but insightful) Musical History of the British National Party (East 15); The Jugular Project (Guildhall School of Music); and The Beggar’s Baby (a site specific community youth project funded by The Guardian at St. Mary’s Church commemorating The Putney Debates).  She also devised and directed Stuffed and War Song (incorporating The Soldiers Son) (The Crossroads Women’s Centre).

Kay’s acting work includes Cathy in Wuthering Heights (BBC), Linda in Mike Leigh’s The Kiss of Death, Tanzi in Trafford Tanzi (Mermaid), Jill in Walking (Royal Court), Moll Gromer in Thee and Me and Muriel in Harlequinade (National Theatre) and Constanze in Amadeus (National Tour).

Kay Adshead has been awarded two Arts Council Theatre writing Bursaries and in 1995 she received the Calouste Gulbenkian Award for performance poetry for The Slug Sabbatical.  She was previously Writer-in-Residence at Colchester University.

In Development

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ENTERING INCOMPLETE MAP DATA AREA

2017

Full length theatre version (writer)

A CRACKED PLASTER SKY

2017

Futures Theatre Company

WOMAN IN WARD 4

2017

Book 1, The Kill Buyer – a novella in verse (writer)

THE TOUPE (working title)

2017

short film (writer/director)

MAIA SENT FOR WATER (working title)

2017

Short film (writer/director)

BONES

2017

Short film (writer/director)

THE SINGING STONES

2014

Mama Quilla

To be written with aid from a Peggy Ramsay Award

TO DISMEMBER

Mama Quilla in partnership with The English Collective Of Prostitutes

Part of the Soho Project

La Compagnie Yorick/Mama Quilla

Part of the Soho Project

Radio

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HANGING

2002

BBC Radio 4

Produced by Catherine Bailey

OF THE END

BBC Radio 3

Homage to Samuel Beckett. Writer and Performer.

THE BOGUS WOMAN

2001

BBC Radio 3

Produced by Catherine Bailey

Short Films

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THE COUNT

Written and directed by Kay Adshead

THE LAST LITTLE GIRL

Written by Kay Adshead, dir. by Quason Matthews

THREE LOTUS FLOWERS

SheSpeaks Productions

Adapted from theatre poem written by Kay Adshead, directed by Eugenia Low

AFTER THE PARTY

Club X/Channel 4

ORANGES AND LEMONS

BBC City Shorts

Theatre

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ACTS OF DEFIANCE - THE FESTIVAL

2016

Mama Quilla and Theatre 503

A weeklong festival produced by Kay Adshead comprising – six new plays by various authors, inc. Entering Incomplete Map Data Area , written and directed by Kay Adshead, 25 specially commissioned short films, including The Count , written and dir. Kay Adshead, and two work-in-progress community projects, including The Soldiers Son , written and directed by Kay Adshead.

ACTS OF DEFIANCE

2016

Mama Quilla & the Omnibus

Three Plays written by Kay Adshead:
The Last Little Girl , dir. Michael Batz
Happy Ending , dir. Kay Adshead
Three Lotus Flowers , dir. Kay Adshead

ACTS OF DEFIANCE

2015

Mama Quilla and Theatre 503

Three short plays written and directed by Kay Adshead including Primrose , The Singing Stones , Mama Quilla , written and directed by Kay Adshead, performed at the Arcola Theatre with a cast of nine women and one man.

VEIL

2014 - 2015

Mama Quilla

A theatre poem by Kay Adshead, directed by Kully Thiarai and performed
with an immersive installation created by Shanaz Gulzar, performed at
Theatre at The Mill Bradford, Z-arts Manchester, and The Hub Leeds,
transferring to the South Bank for the Alchemy Festival.

HAPPY ENDING

2013

Natural Shocks/PEEP

Performed at Edinburgh's most intimate venue

I AM SAD YOU ARE DEAD MRS T

2013

Theatre 503

Three Eulogies written for THATCHERWRITE

F.O.M.O

2013

Mama Quilla/Broadway Theatre Barking

An interactive performance about social networking written and directed by Kay Adshead

ACTS OF DEFIANCE

2013

Mama Quilla/Broadway Theatre Barking

A series of short films, public interactions or interventions (ongoing to be published on line September 2013) devised , written or produced by Kay Adshead. Ten monologues filmed separately were performed as an epic poetry theatre event at the Broadway Barking for one night only.

MATTER

2012

Mama Quilla/Broadway Theatre Barking

Written and directed by Kay Adshead performed as work in progress

FROM THE STREETS OF REVOLUTION

2012

Roundhouse

A day of debate and performance - a series of linked events exploring recent global events and the nature of protest.

2011

John Lyons Theatre

Work in progress transferring to Camden Fringe.

IF ANYONE RECOGNISES THESE YOUNG PEOPLE

2011

Mama Quilla

Performed in workshop at the Broadway Theatre Barking to be performed at The Round House in 2012.

2011

La Compagnie Yorick/Theatre Vitry at Cine Robespierre

Dir. Michael Batz

BOYS TALKING

2010

Mama Quilla/Broadway Theatre, Barking

Devised and directed by Kay Adshead

SWEET PAPAYA GOLD

2010

Mama Quilla/Broadway Theatre, Barking

Devised and directed by Kay Adshead.

2010

The Red Room/Jellyfish Theatre

The Oikos Project was shortlisted for the Whats On Theatre event of the year. PROTOZOA was performed at The Jellyfish Theatre, the first fully recyclable theatre in Europe. Published by Oberon Books in THE OIKOS PROJECT.

THREE POLICE STATEMENTS TAKEN FROM WORKING GIRLS

2010

Mama Quilla with The English Collective of Prostitues and The City Lit

POSSESSED

2009

Soho Theatre Company

Part of Everything Must Go

FIVE CRIMES RECONSTRUCTED

2009

Mama Quilla/Broadway Theatre, Barking

Devised and directed by Kay Adshead

STUFFED

2008

Mama Quilla/Broadway Theatre, Barking

Devised and directed by Kay Adshead

OTHERS

2008

LAMDA

Part of LAMDA Long Project.

BONES

2007

Calypso, Dublin/La Compagnie Yorick

BONES

2006

Mama Quilla/Leicester Haymarket/Bush

Writer and Director

THE BOGUS WOMAN

2005

Leicester Haymarket

Dir. Kully Thiarai. Toured to Adelaide where it was awarded Best Performer, Best Play and the Sensation Award at the Adelaide Fringe Festival. Also Brits Off Brodway (New York).

BITES

2005

Mama Quilla/Bush Theatre

Writer and Director. Finalist for Susan Smith Blackburn Award.

ANIMAL

2003

The Red Room

Dir. Lisa Goldman. Soho Theatre/National Tour.

METAL AND FEATHERS

2003

Cockpit Theatre

Part of 'Small Objects of Desire'

THE SNOW EGG

2001

Tiebreak Theatre/Lyric Studio

Tour, ending at Lyric Theatre Studio, Hammersmith.

LADY CHILL, LADY WAD, LADY LURVE, LADY GOD

2001

National Theatre

Shell Connections

THE BOGUS WOMAN

2000

Mama Quilla/Traverse Theatre/Bush Theatre

Dir. Lisa Goldman. 2000 Fringe First Award. Nominated for 2001 Susan Smith Blackburn Award.

BOGUS PEOPLE'S POEM

2000

The Red Room/BAC

JUICY BITS

1998

Lyric, Hammersmith

BACILLUS

1996

The Red Room

Performed at the Red Room following rehearsed readings at the Cockpit and Hampstead theatres

THE SLUG SABBATICAL

1995

The Red Room

RAVINGS: DREAMINGS

1993

Manchester Library

THE STILL BORN

1993

Soho Theatre

THATCHER'S WOMEN

1987

Paines Plough/Tricycle Theatre

Nominated for Susan Smith Blackburn Award

FEARS AND MISERIES OF THE THIRD TERM

1987