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Rada Lab Works: Wheels

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

Four original pieces exploring the thematics of pain through self reflective and socio-political pieces, representing the voice of London today: diverse, intercultural, subversive, funny, angry and bold.

The pain of loneliness, the pain of getting older, self inflicted pain or psychological trauma: pain is all around, may it be internal or external, voluntary or imposed, and it has always been the ideal distiller of the richest essences of art.

Shows in this program (in order): Coronation, Maso Schism, Doddery But Dear, Amreeka xx.



Written and performed by Barnaby Simmons.

Is being alone a failure or the ultimate success?

Living alone Liam decides that this loneliness isn’t something to run from. Quite the opposite. Maybe being alone is the source of his power.

Content warnings: themes of loneliness and partial nudity.



Written, devised and performed by Anna María and Catherine Abigail-Ward.

Who would willingly seek out pain? Where is the line between catharsis and self-harm?

From the hard-learned lessons of childhood suffering to the trials we willingly endure as adults, pain is the ever-present force that shapes our bodies and psyches.

MASO SCHISM is a feminine exploration of the human relationship with pain, and how willing collisions with it can be equal parts destructive and reclamatory; it demands that the audience bear witness to the splintering effect of pain on women, and how they choose to revel in the power of their bodies.

Content warnings: This show explicitly references sexual assault, depicts sexual trauma, and features self-injurious behaviour from both actors.


Doddery But Dear

Written, devised and performed by Craig Edgley, Genevieve Labuschagne and Arianna Calgaro.

All the world’s a stage, And all the men and women merely players. They have their exits and their entrances.”

Regardless of what someone has given during their lifetime, when do we decide they are no longer useful or even become a burden? Doddery but Dear explores the human need for connection, the fragility of life and the challenges of growing old.


Amreeka XX

Devised and performed by Saddam Hussain, Kevin Kelly and Ahmed Malek.

What do a Bengali and an Arab have in common? Amreeka, baby. Two neighbours are set on a mission to help each other. Based on the Cargo Cult of John Frum movement, actual political facts, fake news, baseball, mommy issues, Friends, George W. Bush genius speeches and many many more great influences. Our play deals with the post traumatic disorder of a character who left the cult of John Frum and wants to start a new life, but his past is hunting him, and now his neighbour.

Content warnings: themes of colonialism, cultural oppression, abstract depictions of torture. Includes loud noises (shouting and screaming) and strobe lighting.

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

Barnaby Simmons (he/him)
Barnaby Simmons is an actor and theatre maker based in east London.
With a Live Art background and a Christian faith he strongly believes in the power of storytelling to bring about change in lives and the world.

Anna María (she/her)
Anna María is a Greek and Puerto Rican artist, advocate, and community organiser from Houston, Texas, USA. As a multihyphenate whose experiences range from flying in aerial silks to running one of the USA’s biggest mutual aid organisations, Anna María is deeply excited to now be permanently settled and creating art in London. She hopes to cultivate radical love, empathy, and a fierce politic of community care in every space she enters.

Catherine Abigail-Ward (she/her)
Catherine Abigail Ward is a London based actor and graduate of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. Experienced in a wide range of mediums and at home as a performer on both stage and screen, Catherine is also an experienced theatremaker and director. She has a passion for work responding to environmental issues, the experiences of women, and ensemble-based theatre.

Craig Edgley (he/him)
Craig Edgley is an actor, theatre maker and musician originally from the Midlands. He has performed in the UK and Portugal and practised Grotowski inspired movement practice for many years. He has performed in many London productions including having played John Lennon in Bed Peace at the Cockpit. This January he completed the M.A Theatre Lab at RADA and is currently developing new work.

Genevieve Labuschagne (she/her)
Genevieve Labuschagne is an actor/theatre maker based in Southeast London. Initially training as a dancer, Genevieve has a deep appreciation for movement, the body and music. These components feature significantly in the work she creates. After a successful run at London’s Vault Festival this year, Genevieve is due to return to her role in Mojola Akinyemi’s play, Imaginary Natural Beings at the Camden Fringe Festival in August.

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.

Saddam Hussain (he/him)
Saddam Hussain is an actor, theatre maker and writer of Indian origin. He holds a BA in acting from the Bhartendu Natya Academy in Lucknow (India) and a Masters from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art,London. In the past, he has participated in several international performance projects at the Auroville Theatre Group in Pondicherry and worked as an actor in various TV productions in Mumbai, India.

Kevin Kelly (he/him)
Kevin Kelly is an actor and “man who pretends to trip a lot” from Washington D.C. Trained at Brown University & the Trinity Rep. Theatre, Kevin began his career in the American Regional theatre world of Shakespeare. He works hard not to take himself too seriously performing in low-brow comedy shows & experimental new work all over his country. He is passionate about ensemble devising & laughter as a tool for community building. His work in this continues to focus on underrepresented & unhoused communities- bringing them & their stories out from invisibility.

Ahmed Malek (he/him)
Ahmed Malek is an actor from Cairo, Egypt. He graduated from Cairo Contemporary Dance Center, and recently finished his MA at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts (RADA) in London. He has worked on prominent Middle Eastern and International films which have participated in Cannes, Venice, and Toronto film festivals. He was nominated for the Best Actor in a Leading Role by the Australian Academy of Cinema & Television Arts Award (AACTA) in 2021 for his role in the Australian western revisionist “The Furnace” co-starring David Wenham, which had its premiere at Venice Film Festival in 2020. He was announced as one of the 5 Arab Talents of Tomorrow by Screen International in 2018 after being a key figure of the new Egyptian Cinematic wave. He was also chosen as a TIFF Rising Star in 2018 after premiering two films at Toronto Film Festival. His forceful performance in “The Guest” won the Audience Award at Tallinn Film Festival in 2018. GQ Middle East awarded him with the Breakthrough Actor award in 2020. You can now watch Malek as Nizar in the BAFTA-nominated Netflix feature “The Swimmers” which was released in November 2022 to acclaim.

Malek will star in brand new five-part television series for BBC One “Boiling Point” based on the multi award-winning Netflix film of the same name. Stephen Graham, Vinette Robinson and Hannah Walters will reprise their roles. Production began shooting in February 2023 in Manchester.