We're looking to raise funds to help bring I Will Miss You When You're Gone by Jessica Moss to the Hen & Chickens Theatre in London this September.
I Will Miss You When You're Gone is a story about loss, family, identity, and letting go. It looks at mental health and suicide from a generous, at times humorous, perspective. Identity is central to all of Starbound Theatre's work, which is why we were interested in this play. The theme is being approached through the lens of who we are after our world has dramatically changed, and also how we define ourselves and others. This also brings up ideas of mental illness, memory, and communication. It doesn’t aim to judge the characters or their choices, but instead, create a conversation about these hard-hitting issues.
The aims of this diverse female-led production are:
- to produce new writing from female a playwright with an international focus
- Approach issues of mental health in young people (20s) from a new perspective
- Give female performers of different ages/ethnic groups a chance to perform on stage in London
- Tell female-led stories from a generous, realistic and nuanced perspective
- Generate a conversation about suicide, suicide prevention, working conditions for women & family bonds.
Jessica Moss - Writer
Jessica Moss is the phenomenal Canadian playwright behind I Will Miss You When You're Gone.
She writes emotional feminist comedy and describes herself "mostly a playwright, but I also write for film and tv." She is currently a Lila Acheson Wallace playwriting fellow at the Juilliard School, under the direction of Marsha Norman, Chris Durang, and David Lindsay-Abaire. More info on her website Jessicamoss.ca
Yuqun Fan - Director
Yunqun will be directing I Will Miss You When You're Gone. Before moving to the UK, Yuqun has mainly worked in documentary theatre in China. Her assistant directing credits include Vagina Saying: a Chinese Retelling of Vagina Monologues and Beautiful Island, other directing credits include The Tempest, Clowns in Chaos. She is studying MA Text and Performance at RADA and has written and directed LIES (the London Theatre). Find her on Twitter: @Echo_yFAN
Marta da Silva - Artistic Director
Marta is the Artistic Director of Starbound Theatre. Marta is committed to devising and performing new work with other young, emerging artists, and founded the company together with a handful of theatre maker friends she met during her training years. Their aim is to produce inspiring, challenging, and entertaining work that spurs conversation and brings people together. Marta will also be joining the cast of I Will Miss You When You're Gone. Find her on Twitter: @SBTheatre_UK
Rebecca Dilg - Producer
Rebecca is very shy and doesn't like to talk about herself. You can find more info on her work on https://app.hiive.co.uk/profile/8eff986b-eb4a-4872-83fd-fe801630ebc2/#/profile Follow her on Twitter: @universereb
Celeste - Paulina Brahm
Paulina Brahm is a classically-trained lyric soprano. She sang for seven seasons at New York's Amato Opera Theater; her favourite roles include Papagena in 'The Magic Flute' and The High Priestess in 'Aida'. After having trained with Broadway director Gene Frankel, Paulina joined New York's Theater for the New City where she performed as a leading actress for four years. Now resident in the UK, Miss Brahm has collaborated and worked with several award-winning independent filmmakers and had just filmed a television pilot with October Films. Find her on Twitter: @paulina_brahm
Evelyn - Marta da Silva
Marta is a multinational, multilingual actor and performer who has been part of a wide array of stage, screen and voiceover productions. She trained at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, The Globe Theatre and RADA. Her stage credits include: Pizza Man (Starbound Theatre), Acid Rain (Starbound Theatre), Play Without A Title (Cervantes Theatre), The Main Yvette and J. A.’s Forgotten Stories (EdFringe 2015). Film credits include: House of Bricks (Background Noise Productions), Generation Swipe (LSF), Hurry up (LSF). Find her on Twitter: @Nanaluvren
Robin – Tammie Rhee
Tammie Rhee is an American actor who moved to London with her family a year and a half ago. They have enjoyed exploring the various playgrounds around town and seeing whatever sight might be close by. Prior to London, Tammie spent eight years in Hong Kong where she appeared in numerous plays and independent short and feature films. She trained at T Schreiber Studios and the Barrow Group in New York City. Tammie enjoys exploring new cultures and trying new foods. She also speaks fluent Spanish. Find her on Twitter: @gimletme
Theresa – Sharon Drain
Trained at ACT Brighton. Sharon’s one-woman show, Hella Granger-Superstar, received 5* reviews and other plaudits at Brighton Fringe, Edinburgh Fringe, and the French translation and adaptation was lauded during the ten-day run in Toulouse. The show is heading to Avignon in July 2019.
Other theatre credits include: The Positive Hour (Brighton Fringe); Si Vuelves Tu (Old Red Lion, Islington); Alfie (Brighton Fringe); The Plain Dealer (Brighton Open Air Theatre); Pericles (Brighton Open Air Theatre). Film credits include: Cage, which is currently available on Amazon Prime, and Guidance by award-winning director Kristina Kello.
Find her on Twitter: @ShaMaCaDra
Putting on a play is quite a costly venture and even though we have secured some funds, we still need your help to make this show as awesome as possible. Strabound Theatre is committed to paying everyone for their time and work, and have done so since our first production in 2017 which we fully self-funded. Here is a simplified breakdown of our costs:
Cast and Crew Fees £ 2500
Rehearsal Space and Venue £ 1500
Marketing/PR £ 600
Other (insurance, props, etc.) £ 400
We are grateful for all contributions - big and small. But if you can't contribute with money, we'd appreciate a shout out on social media. Just use the share tools provided on this page.
Photo: Petra Eujane (@petraeujane)