‘imaginary natural beings’ is a journey of self-exploration through an indifferent world. The Girl becomes a woman, The Boy becomes a man, and they both shape each other’s lives – or at least, that is how it is supposed to work. Within a fluid, deconstructed theatre space, the boundaries of character and actor become blurred. In a work inspired by contemporary poetry and absurdist theatre, ‘imaginary natural beings’ explores the nature of Blackness, womanhood, and coming-of-age in modern Britain.
The Girl, our Girl, is not alright. But she is trying to be. Let’s see as she does.
Mojola Akinyemi is a writer and director for stage and screen. Her debut play, ‘Great Mother - Iya Ayaba’ was long listed for the Mustapha Matura Award in 2021, and the Bruntwood Playwriting competition in 2022. It ran successfully in Cambridge and in Curve Theatre, Leicester for the National Student Drama Festival in 2022. She was a member of the Royal Court Introductory Writer’s Programme for Autumn 2022, and is a current member of the Old Vic Theatremakers Programme for 2022/2023. She wrote and directed the short film ‘Ferret’, which won the Other Brother Film Fund, and premiered in June 2022. She is an alumni of the 2021 BFI x BAFTA Mentorship Program and a current mentee of the BFI x Lux Artists Programme. 'imaginary natural beings' is her second full-length play, and had a sold-out rehearsed reading for A Pinch of VAULT in July 2022.
Issy Snape is a director working in theatre and film from London. Her work has been shortlisted for the LET Award, performed at the National Theatre Connections Festival, Alchymy Festival and the National Student Drama Festival. Issy co-directed and co-wrote Cicada 3301, which performed to full audiences and critical acclaim at The Underbelly Edinburgh Fringe with a London transfer cancelled because of the pandemic. When not directing, Issy works in script development for various film and theatre production companies.
Maddy Chisholm-Scott is a theatre producer. She recently produced a 5* production of 'Curtains' at Edinburgh Fringe 2022. She was also an assistant producer with Grace Dickson Productions for 'Bogeyman' (Lagahoo Productions) and 'Project Dictator'. (Rhum and Clay) at Edinburgh Fringe. Since September, she has worked with 'Unleash The Llama Productions' as producer for their London run of the sell-out show 'Man of 100 faces'. Furthermore, she was the producer of 'Cyanide at 5' at the Kings Head Theatre, and producer of 'Nines' with 'Black Bat Productions' at the Canal Café Theatre.
Press & Reviews
Praise for previous work
- Mojola Akinyemi (Writer)
"A compelling, heart rending, theatrical tour-de-force"
- Issy Snape (Director)
"A seriously impressive production"
Ed Fringe Review
"It is hard to find fault in this production"
- Maddy Chisholm-Scott (Producer)
Ed Fringe Review
"Perfectly placed and utterly absorbing."
Cast & Creative Team CAST
The Girl: Darcy Dixon
The Boy: Jack Medlin
C: Annie Haworth
B: Genevieve Labuschagne
D: Adam Mirsky
Writer: Mojola Akinyemi
Director: Issy Snape
Producer: Maddy Chisholm-Scott
Assistant Director: Xhuliana Shehu
Associate Director: Philippa Lawford
Sound Designer: Eve Machin
Lighting Designer: Marie Colahan
Stage Manager: Tayla Hunter
Set + Costume Designer: Tara Kelly