When Lali goes to a job interview, to tutor the children of the affluent Bamford family, things take an unexpected turn.
After falling asleep in a wendy house in the family’s garden, she refuses to leave; preferring the insular, pretend realm of the house, over the grief that awaits her in the real world. Over the course of a week, the Bamfords are forced to look at themselves anew through the gaze of this new intruder, and Lali too must come to face what she has refused to acknowledge.
OPIA Collective was founded in 2017 with the primary intention to create multidisciplinary work which provides under-represented perspectives to the society that we live in. As a collective, our strengths lie in various art forms such as writers, film-makers, designers, musicians, poets & dancers led by Artistic Director Masha Kevinovna & Associate Director Cara Evans. We are an Associate Company of the National Youth Theatre of GB.
Our work has been performed, commissioned, developed at Bunker Theatre, Camden People's Theatre, VAULT Festival, Thatre Royal Stratford East, Theatre Peckham, Lyric Hammersmith & Battersea Arts Centre.
Current members have worked extensively in their art forms within establishments such as National Youth Theatre, Royal Court, Trinity LABAN, Royal Albert Hall, Gate Theatre, Soho Theatre, Roundhouse, ENO and Southbank Centre.
Our previous work includes 'Babel' (Camden People's Theatre), 'Maryland' (Riverside Studios, National Youth Theatre), 'The Girl With Glitter In Her Eye' (Bunker Theatre) & 'This Queer House' ( VAULT Festival 2020). The creative team at OPIA also worked together outside the collective to devise 'Ordinary Miracle' with the 2021 National Youth Theatre REP Company.
Press & Reviews
Praise for previous work
★★★★ - Within Her Words ★★★★ - Voice Magazine ★★★★ - Harpy Magazine ★★★★ - Broadway World ★★★★ - A Younger Theatre ★★★★★- Spy In The Stalls
Broadway World on ‘The Girl With Glitter In Her Eye’ ★★★★ - “Masha Kevinovna directs a compelling analysis of boundaries and trust with vivid and specific storytelling, it sees poetic language and movement delivering a powerful story.”
Within Her Words on ‘The Girl With Glitter In Her Eye’ ★★★★ -“A pitch perfect dissection of this phenomena.”
The Voice on ‘The Girl With Glitter In Her Eye’ ★★★★ - "A unique production that mixed elements of music and physical theatre with the grit of a one-woman show. Brava!”
The Observer - "This new play, written and directed by Masha Kevinovna, is fresh, imaginative, ambitious and stimulating.”
The Spy In The Stalls on ‘The Queer House’ ★★★★★ - There is a real sense of cohesion between all aspects of this production which is what watching it so strangely compelling.”
Cast & Creative Team Writer / Performer: SHADI HAMTA
Director: MASHA KEVINOVNA
Designer: CARA EVANS
Composer: ENGIN ESKICI
Movement Director: MARIA KORIPAS
Assistant Director: ELIZABETH HOLLINGSHEAD
Art Work: ANDY MCCREDIE