The Hackney Volpone was a production of Ben Jonson's classic comedy Volpone about greed and its consequences with a cut by Jamel Shawn Davall and Anna Gabriella Jones. It took place at The Rose Lipman Building in Hackney, East London from 23 July - 9 August 2014 with a cast of six professional actors and seven local people.
"Volpone’s deviousness is only equalled by his seemingly-loyal servant, Mosca. These masters of mischief make an entertaining pairing, played with a roguish, slightly homoerotic chemistry. Nuts to their comeuppance; you want them to get away with it. Until the attempted sexual assault, that is.
With a minimal set, live piano music and costumes that mix modern and Jacobean elements, the show has a ragtag charm. This is an endearing production and one that doesn’t deserve to slip under the radar.'"
The Evening Standard
"This is an assured production, and the costume, design and direction of the piece has been well thought through from beginning to end. While there are obviously stand-out performances from the professional actors, the community cast work well to show up Volpone’s actions for what they are, a love of wealth without wisdom."
The Public Review
Mosca - Babou Ceesay (NBC's The Bible)
Lady Would-Be/Bonario - Tom Canton (ITV's Death Comes to Pemberley)
Volpone - Jamel Shawn Davall (NBC's Law and Order)
Voltore/Nano - Karina Fernandez (Mike Leigh's Happy Go Lucky, Another Year)
Corbaccio/Celia - Amara Karan (HBO's Crime)
Corvino/Peregrine - Simon Rhodes (The Sky in Bloom)
Hackney Ensemble: Mel Bethune, Stephen Hart, Ali Kakande, Brian Innes, Keon Martial-Phillip, Roberta Pierfederici & Carol Rowley
Director: Anna Gabriella Jones (Southwark Playhouse, Young Vic, Roundhouse; Culture Project, The Brick, New York)
Designer: James Turner (Young Vic, Trafalgar Studios, West End)
Music: Elspeth Brooke (former Royal Opera House composer-in-residence)
Lighting: Nic Holdridge (Sadler's Wells, Arcola Theatre)
Production Manager: Ben Hosford (Punchdrunk)
Photography: Stefan Lacandler
Funded by Arts Council England, private donations and Community First, De Beauvoir Ward.
Corbaccio visits Volpone
Volpone confides in Cooko
Mosca Sends Lady Would-Be Packing
Volpone as the Mountebank
Mosca the Heir
Volpone as Policeman
The Brooklyn Bumpkin
THE BROOKLYN BUMPKIN
by Jamel Shawn Davall & Anna Gabriella Jones
In 2013-2014, NYLon devised and touredThe Brooklyn Bumpkin, a solo show with live music for audiences aged 8 and above.
The Brooklyn Bumpkin is a lyrical and fantastical coming of age tale about a ten year old from Brooklyn taken to the Dominican Republic for the first time to stay with his grandparents in the Cordilleras mountains. It explores themes of identity, belonging and the child’s imagination.
The piece was workshopped across December 2013 and January 2014, in part with the help of year 5 students at Henry Maynard School in Walthamstow. The Arts Council funded research and development period allowed the creative team time and space to devise original material in the rehearsal room, with a group of school children and to discover a unique production language so that the final piece is an exciting fusion of movement, music, sound and text.
The piece was inspired by Jamel’s own childhood experiences traveling to the Dominican Republic from New York City.
Actor/Co-Writer Jamel Shawn Davall / Director/Co-Writer Anna Jones / Dramaturg Margaret Glover / Musician/Composer Stephen Hiscock / Stage Management Rosalind Doré
TALLY HO! by Stephanie Fleischmann
Roundhouse, 2-12 January 2013 (two week research and development workshop)
Tally Ho! tells three stories in parallel: that of Edna, a Kenyan schoolteacher who has run away to London, escaping her class of 204 children; Vee, one of Edna’s pupils who, unbeknownst to Edna, has stowed away on Edna’s journey; and Bessot Suarez, a young woman from Florida, similarly adrift in London, trying to make sense of her family history and sense of self. The lives of the characters repeatedly intersect around an accident in the street. Magical realist in tone, yet tackling contemporary issues of immigration and belonging, Tally Ho is a lyrical, ambitious re-imagining of an international London.
STEPHANIE FLEISCHMANN is a playwright and librettist. Her plays have been performed internationally and across the USA and include Red Fly/Blue Bottle (Latitude 14: HERE Arts Center; Noorderzon Festival, NL; EMPAC), Tinder (Exit Festival, Creteil, France), The Secret Lives of Coats (Playlabs, Whitman College).
Written by Stephanie Fleischmann / Performed by Tres B, Chipo Chung, Jamel Shawn Davall, Tamzin Griffin, Ruvimbo Govera, Tony Guilfoyle, Jacqueline King, Rebecca Kiser and 30 young people aged 7-25 from Roundhouse’s Take Part programme / Director Anna Gabriella Jones / Design by Merle Hensel / Music by Elspeth Brooke and Tres B / Sound Design by Ben Hillyard / Lighting Design by Lee Curran / Stage Management by Rosalind Doré / Produced by Rosie Kelly and NYLon Projects
Funding Partners: The Arts Council, NYLon Friends, Roundhouse, Skidmore College
PLUCKER by Alena Smith
Southwark Playhouse, 15 June – 3 July 2010
Plucker is an old-school farce about a new generation dealing with the anxieties of commitment and co-habitation. Woody Allen meets Anton Chekhov.
ALENA SMITH is a writer who lives in Los Angeles who has written for HBO's The Newsroom and is currently writing for Showtime's The Affair. She created Tween Hobo, a Twitter account and book, Tween Hobo: Off the Rails published by Simon & Schuster. Alena graduated from the Yale School of Drama, and her plays have been produced in New York, London and Germany. Plays include The Bad Guys (also now a film by director Carlos Rincones), Plucker, The Sacrifices, and The Lacey Project.
"It focuses seriously on a group of 29-year-olds looking long and hard at issues of relationships and commitment, money and discarded dreams... Anna Jones's production is pleasingly sparky... this particular Smith and Jones form a fruitful partnership." The Evening Standard
"There is an element of farce in that there is some awkward information that one of the characters is hoping to keep secret that continually risks being revealed, but this is also a very serious look at contemporary attitudes to relationships through a group of thirty-year-olds (+ or -) who are beginning to feel it is time to settle down… The fluidity of the playing and the vitality of Anna Jones’ production keep one interested in which way the plot will turn next." British Theatre Guide
"Co-habitation is subject to extreme scrutiny this week over on Tooley Street at the innovative Southwark Playhouse. NYLon productions present this intriguing exposition of the paranoia that can come with emotional commitment." Sophie Jackson, AnOther Magazine - Listed as aGlobal Cultural Highlight
Written by Alena Smith / Performed by Emily Bevan, Claire Cordier, Juliet Crawford, Jamel Rodriguez, Paul Westwood / Director Anna Jones / Set design by vPPR / Costume Design by Ellan Parry / Music by Elspeth Brooke / Sound Design by Ben Hillyard / Lighting Design by Will Reynolds / Stage Management Rosalind Dor and Sophie Goody / Produced by Paul Muir and The NYLon Project