Lead cast and creatives have been announced for Tambo & Bones at Theatre Royal Stratford East.
Actors Touring Company (ATC) Artistic Director Matthew Xia directs Rhashan Stone (Tambo) and Daniel Ward (Bones) in this play about a comedy double-act, turned hip-hop superstars, who find themselves stuck in a minstrel show. Dave Harris’ play runs at Theatre Royal Stratford East from 22 June – 15 July.
Rhashan Stone‘s West End credits include: All About Eve, Cheek By Jowl’s As You Like It (Noel Coward Theatre); Simply Heavenly (Trafalgar Studios) and Five Guys Named Moe (Lyric Theatre).
Daniel Ward (Bones) is a versatile actor-writer. His debut play The Canary and the Crow, which he both wrote and starred in, opened to a critically acclaimed run at the 2019 Edinburgh Fringe Festival before embarking on a UK tour and winning the 2020 George Devine Award. Recent theatre credits include: Cat On A Hot Tin Roof (Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester); Rebellion, War Of The Roses (RSC); The First (VAULT Festival); and, The Amen Corner (National Theatre).
Commenting on this co-production, Director Matthew Xia says:
“I spent my formative years at Stratford East, its philosophy is in my DNA. I started in the Youth Theatre in 1993 and by the time I left in 2010, I was the Associate Director. Stratford East is where I first combined my love of theatre with my passion for hip-hop, making shows with ULTZ like DA BOYZ and Jean Genet’s THE BLACKS (REMIXED). It feels very full circle to return with ATC, the company I now lead, and this playful and provocative hip-hop infused satire as part of our Transformation Season”.
The creative team includes: Design by Sadeysa Greenaway-Bailey & ULTZ, Lighting Design by Ciarán Cunningham, Hip-Hop Songs Composed by Excalibah, Sound Design & Additional Composition by Richard Hammarton, Movement Direction by Kloé Dean, Video Design by Gino Ricardo Green, Casting Direction by Julia Horan, Assistant Direction by Danielle Kassarate, Fight Direction by Kevin McCurdy, Costume Supervision by Ysanne Tidd, Dramatherapist Wabriya King, Stage Manager Marie-Angelique St. Hill, Deputy Stage Manager Phyllys Egharevba and Assistant Stage Manager Anna Townley.
As part of the run of Tambo & Bones, Stratford East is hosting its first ever BLACK OUT performance on Wednesday 5 July at 7.30pm. While this performance has been arranged for Black audience members specifically, no one is excluded from attending.
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