Almiro Andrade was awarded an MA in Making Plays: Writing and Devising for the Stage by Kingston University in 2011, received a Diploma in Screenwriting by the London Film Academy in 2012 and is currently developing his PhD research – Brazilianism: Translation and Adaptation of Contemporary Brazilian Drama through Devised Performance – at King’s College London. He has also taken an active part in several productions in the UK, working as an actor, a writer/director and an Artistic Associate and Trustee at StoneCrabs Theatre Company, developing workshops for their Young Directors Programme and working as a dramaturg for their Manchester Fringe R&D project Tieta in 2015.
William Gregory trained originally as an actor and began translating plays in 2003, producing and directing his first translation, Julio Escalada’s Springtime, at the Finborough Theatre in the same year. Since then, he has translated over 100 plays, many of them for international playwriting projects run by the Royal Court Theatre with writers from throughout Spain and Latin America. Recent work includes Chamaco and Weathered by Cuban playwright Abel González Melo (HOME, Manchester); Numbers by Mar Gómez Glez (Spain) at Rutgers-NJIT, New Jersey; Villa+Discurso by Guillermo Calderón (Chile) at the MAC, Belfast, and I’d Rather Goya Robbed Me of my Sleep Than Some Other Arsehole by Rodrigo García (Spain/Argentina) at the Gate, London. Villa ran at the Wild Project, New York throughout March 2017, and in September 2017 his translation of B by Guillermo Calderón will have its world premiere at the Royal Court. William is a Visiting Research Associate at King’s College London.
Kay Michel is a freelance theatre director and Artistic Director of Empty Deck, a Peter Brook Award nominated theatre company based in London who make theatre that is both local and global in reach; staging UK premieres of the most exciting new European writing and making collaborative community performance. With core collaborators Dramaturg Lucy Coren, Movement Director Sara Green and Designer Denisa Dumitrescu, Kay holds workshops on formal experimentation and presents rehearsed readings of contemporary international drama with partner venues such as the Arcola and The Other Room, Cardiff. In 2015 Empty Deck presented their ‘deftly directed and stunningly performed’ THEN SILENCE, by Ibsen Award Winner Arne Lygre, to a sold out audience at the Incoming Festival, New Diorama. In 2016 Empty Deck were shortlisted for the Sustainable Fringe Award for their four-star production of acclaimed Danish playwright Christian Lollike’s COSMIC FEAR OR THE DAY BRAD PITT GOT PARANOIA at Bedlam Theatre. Empty Deck has been described by the press as ‘a talented young company’ who make ‘phenomenal’ work that is a ‘true departure from traditional theatre’.
Carol O’Sullivan is Director of Translation Studies in the School of Modern Languages at the University of Bristol. Her research interests are in literary translation, translation history and audiovisual translation. She is Editor-in-Chief of the Routledge journal Translation Studies. Her book Translating Popular Film was published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2011. From 2000 to 2004 she was Associate Director of the British Centre for Literary Translation. She has published literary and scholarly translations. She was involved with her local Stronger In campaign in the run-up to the Referendum and has more recently campaigned with Bristol for Europe.
Lara Parmiani is an actress and voice over artist. Born in Milan, where she obtained a degree in Dramaturgy and trained in acting at Accademia De Filodrammatici, she’s been living in the UK for 20 years. In London she’s appeared in several plays, TV series and films. She’s also artistic director of LegalAliens, an international ensemble dedicated to producing contemporary European theatre. The company’s method of translation is based on direct collaboration between translator, director and actors, who work together in the rehearsal room to recreate the specifics of the original language in English. Projects include Poker Face by Petr Kolečko, The Return by Sergio Pierattini and the series of staged readings Generation Icons, in collaboration with Divadlo Letí, Prague.
Talk: World Theatre in Brexit Britain
Friday 23 June, 8pm
Roles and responsibilities of world theatre in Brexit Britain – why is it important to take action now?
As an international arts organisation, we are stopping exactly one year after the Brexit vote to reflect on the possible ramifications of Brexit and the changing times.