Rhubarb Ghetto is a raw, explosive story set in a graffiti-strewn underpass in London featuring the characters of Billy and Scarlet.
Billy is a gang leader tying up loose ends before disappearing to escape the clutches of a mysterious character named Pavel. Scarlet is the mother of their 15-year-old child Alfie.
Rhubarb Ghetto is an intimate portrayal of a relationship two decades in the making. It looks at choices and lost opportunities. It poses uncertain futures for the characters against the backdrop of life in London where rich and poor live side by side. It looks at the turf-war at the heart of the capital and the gentrification that has replaced council estates with hipsters, coffee culture, and urban allotments.
Life in London can change dramatically in the length of a single underpass. Luxury flats on one side. Gangs and drugs on the other.
Whichever side of the underpass we live on defines our choices and our future. But in the shadow of City Hall, we all live in the Rhubarb Ghetto.
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Writer/Director Mark Heywood -
Mark is a novelist and screenwriter. He is the co-author of the bestselling Mark Dewar “Cordoba” novels set in Arabic Spain. The books are published in English by Endeavour Media, and in Spanish by Ediciones B. Mark is a writer/producer on A BILLION TO ONE (Amazon) and has several feature film projects in development.
Actor Damian Lynch -
Damian trained at Webber Douglas Academy, London. Theatre credits include Comedy About A Bank Robbery (West End and UK No. 1 Tour), Richard III, Hamlet & The Robbers (The Faction Theatre Company, New Diorama Theatre, London); Second Skin (Theatre 503); Othello (Shakespeare in Styria, Austria); Mr Kolpert (Kings Head);
Television credits include Giri/Haji (BBC/Netflix) Holby City, Eastenders: E20, Judge John Deed, Little Britain, Waking The Dead, and Casualty (BBC); The Bill (ITV); and GSG9 (Typhoon AG).
Film credits include Munich (Universal Pictures); Anemone (Fox Cub Films) and Elsie Prince Of Denmark (Tailormade Productions).
Actress Izabella Urbanowicz -
Izabella trained at RADA. Theatre credits include The Night Watch (Original Theatre Company); Miss Julie (Theatre by the Lake/Jermyn St Theatre); After the Dance (Theatre by the Lake); A Haunting (The Vault); Gertrude - The Cry (N16), HAMLET (Shakespeare Peckham).
Radio credits include The Corrupted (Series 3&4 Radio 4); The Archers (Radio 4).
Television credits include Spotless (Canal Plus); Doctors (BBC).
A single mother’s struggle to raise her bi-racial son. “addresses ..racial prejudice, gangs, family relationships and class.... with plenty of humanity.. heart.” BBC Writers Room
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