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Rada Labworks: Waves

(This is a past event and is no longer running)

Four original pieces ask questions of identity, community and what we owe to one another. London’s most promising emerging theatre makers stand up and call for a world that is compassionate, inclusive, affirming, bold and queer.

How does gender shape both our society and our own individual lives? What is the impact of a civilisation which emphasises so much on gender and its expectations? From the tribute to a pop star to a coming of age between two cultures; from a journey to self discovery to political battles, Waves reflects on various aspects of the impact of gender through the work of London’s most promising emerging theatre makers.

Shows in this program (in order): Kissing a Fool, Rites of Passage Scenes From A Party, The Last Time I Saw Caileigh.


KIssing A Fool

Written and Performed by Dylan Aiello and Scarlett Love Stitt.

Kissing a Fool is a queer clown-cabaret tribute to George Michael. We speculatively dive into the beloved pop-icon’s psyche at the lowest point in his life. After the death of his lover, Anselmo Feleppa and losing a high-profile legal battle with Sony Music, he feared he’d never write another song. In his despair, George awakens the Fool from deep within, a familiar clown companion whose only intelligence is play. Join us on this musical journey into the tumultuous creative process of one of the greatest artists of a generation and witness the transformation of grief into transcendent creativity through song. This performance will be a 15-20 minute excerpt from the full piece.

Content warnings: depiction of drug use, loud noises and partial nudity.



Written and performed by Luntu Masiza and Olivier Van Den Hende; Directed by Clare Stopford.

Rites of Passage is a new play about family and identity. Transported into isiXhosa and French cultures, this multi lingual piece follows the journey of two young men retracing the stories that brought them from boyhood to manhood. Dealing with daily cultural, and social political issues of being an immigrant and battling with the unfulfilled dreams of a father projected onto his son, two men from very different backgrounds find their connection in a search for identity and acceptance.


Scenes from a Party

Devised, written and performed by Arianna Calgaro and Scarlett Love Stitt.

It is foul to do to other men what men habitually, proudly, manfully do to women: use them as inanimate, empty, concave things; f**k them into submission; subordinate them through sex. Right wing women have surveyed the world: they find it a dangerous place.

Inspired by real politicians and real-life speeches, Scenes From A Party follows the journey of an anonymous figure as they attempt to seize power from the woman in charge. These women are products of the patriarchal machine, and in this eat or be eaten world must choose to kill for what they believe in or suffer the consequences.

Content warnings: themes of sexual discrimination, hate and power, hate speech, racism, depictions of r*pe, gore, bodily harm, sexual harassment, partial nudity, loud noises/screaming, use of a replica firearm.



Written and performed by Harun Ćehović, Matthias Moret, Helen Percival and Victoria Sasso; Directed by Matthias Moret.

Caileigh Richardson disappeared three days ago. Maxime will stop at nothing to find out who is responsible and make them pay.

The Last Time I Saw Caileigh explores how our patriarchal and heteronormative society actively and passively forces queer people into the margins of society where it’s easier for them to disappear. The show investigates the slow corrosion of identity that occurs when we deny parts of ourselves that don’t fit with the mainstream.

Content warnings: homophobia, transphobia, partial nudity.

Additional Information

RADA’s MA Theatre Lab is an intensive year’s postgraduate training in performance, framed by the context of Laboratory Theatre practice and experimental theatre making. Students come to RADA from across the globe with existing professional experience, looking to extend their performing and devising skills to an advanced level. In a critically aware and collaborative learning environment, they develop the capacity to create innovative theatre and performance, bringing international practice from around the world into one unique course.

The Coronet Theatre is a risk-taking, international arts theatre in a restored and re-imagined Grade II listed building in London’s Notting Hill. The Coronet Theatre presents an eclectic programme of theatre, film, dance, music, poetry and visual art in its intimate 195-seat main auditorium and 90-seat studio space, re-named The Print Room in recognition of the company’s previous home at a nearby print works, and stunning bar.

The programme is created by Artistic Director Anda Winters in close collaboration with artists to present a fusion of multi-disciplinary international and UK work. The Coronet Theatre stages a mix of new productions, commissions and visiting artists, including a number of UK and world premieres, offering memorable, and often unexpected, experiences to audiences, while supporting established artists and nurturing new talent.


Cast and Creatives

Dylan Aiello (he/him)
Dylan Aiello is a London-based actor, theatre maker and performance artist that has worked across a wide variety of disciplines and venues in Europe and North America throughout his decade-long career . He has recently concluded training on the MA Theatre Lab at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. His work is always highly charged with bold physical storytelling, ecstatic humour, and brimming with heart and humanity as it faces themes of capitalist disenfranchisement, triumphing over grief, and bestial clown. Dylan has collaborated on performance projects with a wide variety of directors and artists including Theatre Re’s Guillaume Pigé, Lesley Ewen, Euripides Laskaridis, Ed Fornieles and Rosa Aiello.

Scarlett Love Stitt (she/her)
Scarlett Stitt is an actor and theatre maker based in London. She has been acting professionally for film, tv and theatre since the age of 11 when she landed the child lead in her first feature film. Scarlett graduated from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in 2022 and is taking her show ‘Kissing A Fool’ to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2023, which previews at Kings Head Theatre in July.

Luntu Masiza (he/him)
Luntu Masiza graduated from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in 2022. He has recently been nominated for Best Breakthrough Performer at The Naledi Theatre Awards in South Africa for The Island, dir. Dr John Kani, and has won the Best Actor Dikalos Award at The Cannes International Pan African Film Festival.

Olivier Van Den Hende (he/him)
Olivier Van Den Hende graduated from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in 2018. He’s recently played the lead in Call me Joan, a short film shot by Ali Farahani (Silent Child, Oscar for Best Short Film, 2018), along with being critically acclaimed for playing the Cyclops in a theatre production of Euripides’ Cyclops touring in established theatres around Europe.

Arianna Calgaro (she/her)
Arianna Calgaro is an Italian actress based in London. She trained in commedia dell’arte in Venice, and then graduated at “Carlo Goldoni” drama academy. She moved to London and trained with the National Youth Theatre, and Laurence Mitchell, before taking her master at RADA. She’s been working in cinema, both behind and in front of the camera, and she’s currently developing her own performances and plays, to affirm her aesthetics and raise concerns about feminism and politics.

Harun Ćehović (he/him)
Harun Cehovic is a young actor from Bosnia and Herzegovina. He graduated from the Academy of Performing Arts Sarajevo with a Bachelor’s degree in Acting and recently completed his Master’s degree in Theatre Lab at RADA. Harun has acted in several plays with the National Theater Sarajevo and has also appeared in short and feature films across Bosnia, Serbia, Croatia, and Italy. He is excited that a short movie he produced and wrote, “Finchley Lane,” is going to open the upcoming OFF Festival this summer.

Matthias Moret (he/they)
Matthias Moret is a French, London based actor and theatre maker. He completed an MA at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. They recently starred in an upcoming British feature film and are currently developing their own theatre work, focusing on social matters such as gender and sexuality. Matthias believes that theatre can be a vehicle for social transformation and understanding.

Helen Percival (she/her)
Helen Percival trained at RADA and is an actor, poet, singer and theatre maker. She has performed in numerous theatre productions and recently wrote and acted in her first short film ‘Yellow Roses’. She was nominated for the Spotlight Prize and has been described as ‘an impressive character actor’ by the British Theatre Guide. Prior to training as an actor, she studied Anthropology at Durham University and worked as a broadcast journalist in London and Paris, covering international breaking news stories.

Victoria Sasso (they/them)
Victoria earned their BFA in Acting from California State University, Fullerton before moving to New York City, where they worked professionally on projects ranging from national tours to Shakespeare Festivals to Musical Theatre. They are now based primarily in London, having just completed an MA at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. Victoria is especially passionate about collaborating with other artists to create new work that tells stories from queer and feminist perspectives.