This story starts in Galway, Ireland - 2002 when Naomi is just 10 years old, wild and free. She’s used to mending her heart but will this final blow be the ultimate betrayal?
Follow this little Londoners poetic summers, spent on the West Coast of Ireland. Tackling grief and racism in a place she calls home.
"In this foreign land, I thought all was grand but I’m starting to feel a little bit too tanned.” - Second Home
“So much passion, dynamic and gripping.” – Audience Member
“Subliminal messages. The type of art I appreciate. Puts your brain to work.” – Audience Member
“Incredible poetic account of life as a mixed race young girl in a white land.” – Audience Member
Second Home has been chosen to be published by Nick Hern Books, along with four other plays from this years festival.Book Now
Charlotte Chimuanya is a theatre maker of Nigerian and Irish Heritage.
This is the world premiere of her debut play Second Home; an extract was performed in London at The Pleasance theatre's scratch night in October 2019, with an abundance of positive feedback. She has performed with a number of renowned theatre companies including National Youth Theatre, Tamasha, and The PappyShow.
Charlotte is a graduate of Middlesex University, where she studied Fashion Communications, before returning to her passion of acting and pursuing a career in Theatre.
Actor - Risha Silvera (Naomi)
Risha is an actor, mover and theatre maker recently graduated from Fourth Monkey Actor Training Company in London. In August, she co-devised and performed in the immersive OFFIE nominated ‘Valhalla’ (dir. by Gecko Theatre’s Rich Rusk).
Since graduating, Risha has been busy performing in a variety of spaces across the country, including the physical theatre piece, ‘(don’t) touch me’ with State of Flux Theatre, and in the new writing event PLAYSTART with MonoBox at the Hampstead Theatre. This year, she is looking forward to diving into more projects and gaining new skills for the new decade!
Assistant Director - Tamara Tooher
Tamara is an Irish actress/director and a graduate of University College Cork and Fourth Monkey Actor Training Company. She has worked with a variety of theatre companies, in Ireland and the UK, such as Corcadorca, Garter Lane, Clay and Diamond, Shunt and Fourth Monkey Actor Training Company.
She has performed at the Brighton Fringe Festival, the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and had directed shows for the New Director’s Showcase at Cervantes Theatre and for the Camden Fringe Festival. She is delighted to be working on Second Home and can’t wait for audiences to enjoy the show.Book Now
Director - Mia Jerome
Mia is a director, writer and actress. She started her creative journey on the spoken word scene. Mia has a degree in creative writing and television, and has produced two seasons of work for the Camden Fringe.
She is an associate artist of Dogma Theatre, and has worked on two enrichment projects with Punchdrunk; she’s keen to explore the gap between pain and laughter and is excited to start work on Second Home.
Assistant Director: Tamara Tooher
Actor - Risha Silvera
Three eras, two women, one struggle: a story about love and belonging. Jobless and pissed off with the patriarchy, Yu looks to the past to carve out her future.
Olivier Award-winning playwright Jon Brittain's egotistically titled scratch night returns! Readings of new plays alongside revivals of shorts. Previous nights included try-outs of Rotterdam and Margaret Thatcher Queen of Soho.
Fireworks is an experimental piece of new writing paralleling two narratives in two timelines. This is a story about love, faith and the science behind CERN’s Large Hadron Collider.
|Wednesday 26 February||Wed 26 Feb||19:00||£7.50||Venue: The Gift Horse @ The Horse & Stables||Book Now|
|Thursday 27 February||Thu 27 Feb||19:00||£7.50||Venue: The Gift Horse @ The Horse & Stables||Book Now|
|Friday 28 February||Fri 28 Feb||19:00||£7.50||Venue: The Gift Horse @ The Horse & Stables||Book Now|
Audience Feedback - (Excellence scratch night at The Pleasance Oct '19)
“Powerful representation of the hardship that life can be in your ‘Second Home’”
“Great storytelling, interested to see the play developed.”
“Couldn’t take my eyes off her the whole time.”
“Really powerful solo performance. Captivating. Keep up the good work.”
“Amazing. Really touching performance.”
“Loved the singing and musicality. ‘Why was I only treasured as a secret?' Fantastic.”
“Storytelling was amazing. The audience could relate.”
“Took us on a journey. Great solo acting, could feel every emotion.”
“Showed grieving in an amazing way.”
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