Tena Stivicic: Invisible


Directed by: Eyal Israel

April 15th at 8PM
RADA STUDIOS, 16 Chennies Street, London

Written by one of the leading Croatian playwrights Tena Štivičić, Invisible touches the inherent human desire to migrate, tracing the stories of international migrants. They reflect the present-day Britain and consider the modern world from a rarely-seen perspective. Commissioned by Transport and New Wolsey Theatre in 2011, the play has had a European and the UK tour. “Migration is one of the key aspects of modern society,” says Tena. Invisible is a play that explores migration “in a world where the borders are constantly reshaping.”

Tena Stivicic

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Tena Štivičić holds a BA in Dramaturgy from the Academy of Dramatic Art in Zagreb and an MA in Writing for Performance from Goldmsiths College, University in London. Her plays Can’t Escape Sundays (2000), At Deathbed (1998), The Two of Us (2002), Fragile! (2004), Fireflies (2007), Felix (2008) and plays for children Perceval – the Quest for the Grail (2001) and Psssst! (2004) have been produced across Europe and translated and published in a number of languages. They won numerous awards including European Authors Award and Innovation Award at Heidelberg Stueckemarkt 2008 for Fragile!
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, devised at the National Theatre Studio opened the 2008 Neue Stuecke aus Europa festival. Tena is now the Croatian patron of the same festival. In 2007 she wrote an one act play as part of omnibus of plays entitled Goldoni Terminus, premiered at the Venice Biennale. She co-created two plays for the Ulysses Theatre in Croatia, Drunken Night 1918. and Romeo and Juliet 1968. and continues to work with Ulysses Theatre as the theatre dramaturg.
As part of The 50 – a Royal Court Theatre and BBC iniciative to mark the 50th anniversary of Royal Court Theatre she was nominated as one of the 50 most promising young writers in the UK. She is a columnist for Zaposlena magazine in Croatia and has published two books of columns. Her play Seven Days in Zagreb was the Croatian partner in the ETC Orient Express international project in 2009. She has co-written a play with S. Waters, L. Huebner and M. Sikorska Miszcuk which is about to open in April in Zagreb, followed by a European tour. Tena lives in London.

Eyal Israel

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Eyal Israel graduated from LIPA with a degree in Theatre Performance Design and Technology, specialising in Directing.
His credits include: The Alchemist by Ben Jonson for Fast & Loose; A Little Christmas Issue for the Old Vic New Voices at The Old Vic Tunnels; Jitters at the Southwark Playhouse With Ugly Sisters Productions; Stitching at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival (C Venues); I can’t even look in your eyes without shaking as a 24 Hour Play at the Old Vic; The Memory of Water at the Lion and Unicorn Theatre; Shakespeare in the Streets as a promenade performance through the streets of Liverpool; No Signal at the Bike Shed Theatre in Exeter; 3 is not the magic number at Theatre 503; Heroes Grave for the Old Vic New Voices at The Old Vic Theatre; Airport and The Search at the Hourglass Theatre in Exeter and Serve Tea Then Murder at the Tara Arts Studio.
Eyal has also assisted on many productions including: A Broken Rose at the Cockpit Theatre and the Orestia Trilogy at the Scoop for Phil Willmott; Much Ado About Nothing at the Riverhouse Barn Theatre for David Cottis; Eloquent Protest at both the Trafalgar Studios and the Duke of York Theatre for Caroline Clegg; Skin Tight at the Pleasance Theatre and Riverside Studios for Stella Duffy; and a National tour of Oliver Twist and La Ronde for Abigail Anderson and Neil Sheppeck.

David Ellis as
Felix/Dane

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David trained at Birmingham School of Acting and graduated in 2009. Since graduating he has worked mainly in theatre including: Meal Ticket (Last Refuge), Fair Em (Union Theatre), Cornelius (Finborough), The History Boys (Greenwich Theatre), The American Clock (Finborough), The Ballad of the Copper Revolution (Old Vic Tunnels), AGM (Soho, nabokov), The Lodger (Oval House), Gangster of Love (Charing Cross Theatre), Much Ado About Nothing (Fast & Loose), Meat, The Interview (Southwark Playhouse), Stitching (Sell a Door), NewsRevue (Canal Café), Tales From the Tube (Etcetera Theatre), Sacrifice, Rob & The Hoodies (Vienna’s English Theatre). Readings: The Custard Boys (Boys of the Empire), The Andes (Vibrant Festival 2012). Film: Sofa So Good, The Wake, Casting, Superfection, ACT/OR

Matt Granados as
George/Therapist

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Since graduating Matt worked with Roger Michell in Rope at The Almeida Theatre before playing Elliot in the first London revival of Philip Ridley’s Mercury Fur and working at The King’s Head in Patrick Wilde’s What’s Wrong with Angry. Most recently he played Subtle in The Alchemist, directed by Eyal Israel. Work for the BBC includes Waking the Dead, and very recently with Radio 1 on the Scott Mills show.

Robert Bradley as
Anton

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Robert Bradley trained at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts.
His work in theatre includes: The Incredible Doctor Guttmann (Karen Simpson Productions); Riddance (The Cockpit Theatre); The Complete Works of William Shakespeare Abridged (Red Lion Theatre); Spring Shakespeare (Orange Tree Theatre); Sleeping Around (New Players’ Theatre); Timeshare (Sweet ECA); Shakespeare for Breakfast (Cvenues); Gag (The Arches, Glasgow); Life Saving (Gillmorehill – G12).
Filmed work includes: Locked (LTF); Incarnadine (Sprig Productions); The Search (Phase VI); The Beckoning (Striplight).

 

Robert Welling as
Stefan/Boy

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Trained at Drama Centre
Recent theatre: Fair Em (Union Theatre), Orestes, Agamemnon, The Trojan Horse (Steam Industry, The Scoop), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Antic Disposition, Middle Temple), Ovid’s Banquet Of Sense (Shakespeare’s Globe), Romeo & Juliet (The Dell, RSC).
Television: Crip On A Trip (Channel 4)
Short film: Cygnus (Lindsay Fraser Productions), If & When (Written by Isley Lynn).

Anil Kumar as
Gerry/Boy2/Mykola

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Anil Kumar was born and raised in London, and trained at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School. Theatre Credits: Sam The Highest Jumper of Them All (Finborough Theatre), A Great Undertaking in Little America (Alma Theatre), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Theatre Royal Bristol), A Chaste Maid in Cheapside (Bristol Old Vic Studio), As You Like It (West Country and Cyprus Tour), Verdi (Royal Albert Hall), Zonal (Lyric Theatre Hammersmith), Wuthering Heights (UK Tour, Oldham Coliseum, Glasgow Citizens Theatre, Nuffield, Exeter Northcott et al), Three Minute Hero (London New Play Festival), The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe (Met Theatre, Bury), The Great Gatsby (UK Tour-Proper Job Theatre Co), Pinocchio (Halifax Square Chapel Theatre), The Best Men (Etc Theatre), Poles-Apart (Southwark Playhouse), All Lights On Me (Tristan Bates Theatre), Much Ado About Nothing (RiverSide Barn Theatre), Burning Bird (Unicorn Theatre), The Palestine Monologues (Ice & Fire Theatre). TV Credits: The Bill, EastEnders, The Last Detective, Dinotopia, The Glasgow Bombers, The Dream Team, Hot Gold, Body and Soul (film), Jadoo (film)

Filip Krenus as
Malik

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Training: East 15 Acting School and Drama Centre. Filip was born in Croatia. After graduating at the University of Zagreb, he collaborated with various Croatian theatres including Theatre EXIT in Zagreb for which he translated several plays into Croatian including The Complete Works of William Shakespeare – Abridged for which he was also assistant director. Theatre credits: Herr Eberkopf/Slick Casino in Peer Gynt – Recharged (Riverside Studios); Sir Benjamin Backbite in The School for Scandal (The Bridewell Theatre); Deputy to Menelaus in Orestes: Re-Examined (Southwark Playhouse): Narrator/ Umanosuke/Fudeo in Hanjo & Hell Screen (Oval House Theatre); Faulkland in The Rivals (Camden People’s Theatre); Edward IV in Richard III and Brocklehurst/Lord Ingram/Pilot in Jane Eyre (Brockley Jack Theatre), Duncan in Macbeth (The Tabard Theatre), Sir Pen in Peer Gynt and Edward de Vere in Shakespeare Inc. (Rosemary Branch Theatre), and Zhorro in Baaahhh! (Pleasance Theatre).

 

Saskia Roddick as
Sera/Louise

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Saskia graduated from Drama Centre in 2011 and recently returned from a tour of Japan and Europe in Macbeth. Other Theatre includes: A Christmas Carlol, One Language Many Voices (2012 Tour of Germany + Switzerland) The Seagull (Vakthangov Institute, Mosow) and The Crucible (Pavilion Theatre, Brighton). Saskia is a member of Curious Directive and has performed with them in: Return To the Silence (The Pleasance, SHUNT, Warwick Arts Centre). Exoplanets (Latitude Festival 2011). Saskia is currently performing in The Blind & The Intruder at The Old Red Lion until 27th April.

Genevieve Berkeley-Steele as
Lara

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Genevieve has recently returned from France where she toured with a comedy by Phillip Ayckbourn.  Recent film credits include After Death by Martin Gooch which has recently secured USA distribution and Between the Silence by Luke Moss; which premiered at the Curzon cinema Soho.  Previous theatre work includes Jo in The Good Hope directed by Che Walker, Wife in Stoning Mary by Debbie Tucker Green, and the original stage version of Between the Silence at the Soho Theatre Studio.  Genevieve trained on the acting course at East 15 Acting School and graduated in 2008.

Michal Banai as
Leyla/Cleaner

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Michal Banai, born in Jerusalem and grew up In Israel and the United States. Though she always knew she wanted to be an actress Michal first completed her Bachelor’s Degree in Behavioral Sciences before studying acting professionally at one of Israel’s leading acting schools – Kibbutzim College. Throughout the years of study Michal took part in many performances as a member of the Playback Improvisation Theatre. After graduating from acting school Michal combined her experience as an improvisation actress and her classic theatre education into several leading roles both in main stream theatres and in independent productions. Recently Michal co-created and acted in Ribs on Fire a comic improvisation performance for women. Ribs toured all around Israel, its success cut short only by Michal’s relocation to London. Since arriving in London several months ago Michal has dedicated her time to acting for film studies.

 

Constance Tancredi-Brice as
Anne

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Hailing from Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA, Constance Tancredi-Brice enjoys her career as a performer, mainly in new work. She trained at the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts. She is part of Shaky Isles Theatre Company. Most recently she performed in Ordinary Darkness at the Hen and Chickens, a new play by Sarah Robertson directed by Stella Duffy. Previous to that she performed in Gafa: A Family Called Samoa at TESTBED1 in Battersea produced by Sani Muliaumaseli’i. Next Constance will be performing in the pilot of Chaosbaby at MakeBelieve Arts in August. In addition to acting, Constance plays classical piano and is an expert pie maker.

 
Tena Stivicic: Invisible