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04 May – 02 June

As part of the RESIST! season

Assata Taught Me

Box office: 020 7229 0706

DATES & TIMES

4 May - 2 June, 7:30pm. 3pm matiness on Wednesdays and Saturdays.
  • 
                

PRESS NIGHT
  • Monday 8 May

GATE DEBATE
  • Post-show talk with Human Rights Watch
    Tuesday 16 May

YOUNG PEOPLE'S NIGHT
  • £7.50 tickets for Under 26's
    Friday 19 May

CAPTION NIGHT
  • Performance and post-show talk is captioned
    suited for those who are deaf/hard-of-hearing
    or use English as a second language
    
    Thursday 25 May

NOW EXTENDED UNTIL FRIDAY 02 JUNE
 

Fanuco doesn't know he's taking English lessons from the FBI's most wanted woman.

She is the only American he knows, and he’s a Cuban teenager desperate to live the American Dream. When will he realise his mentor is Assata Shakur,  a former Black Panther, a convicted felon and has a million dollars on her head? The world premiere of Ssebandeke’s gripping and tense play explores the black struggle across generations and genders.

The story of an imagined friendship.

This performance runs for approximately 1hr 10min without an interval. Please note that there are some scenes that audiences may find shocking.







Photo credit: ikinyum photography

4 May - 2 June, 7:30pm. Wednesday and Saturday 3pm matinees. 
The Gate Theatre's work is made possible by public funding from Arts Council England. 

Assata Taught Me is part of the Jerwood Young Designers Programme, supported by the Jerwood Charitable Foundation. 

Adjoa Andoh +

Perfomer - Omeros, by Derek Walcott

Milli Bhatia +

Assisstant Director

Heather Doole +

Production Manager

Yarit Dor +

Movement and Fight Director

Richard Hammarton +

Sound Designer

Sam House +

Production Electrician

Lynette Linton +

Director - Future Kitchen

Anna Sheard +

Deputy Stage Manager

Jamie Simmons +

Design Assistant

Joel Trill +

Vocal Coach

Jack Weir +

Lighting Designer

Adjoa Andoh previously appeared at the Gate Theatre in Assata Taught Me.  Her other recent theatre work includes Soul (Royal & Derngate, Northampton and Hackney Empire), Les Liaisons Dangereuses (Donmar Warehouse), A Wolf in Snakeskin Shoes (Tricycle Theatre), Great Expectations (Bristol Old Vic), Julius Caesar (RSC), Or You Could Kiss Me, The Revenger’s Tragedy, His Dark Materials and Stuff Happens (National Theatre), Joe Turner’s Come and Gone and In The Red and Brown Water (Young Vic), Sugar Mummies, Breath Boom (Royal Court Theatre) and Pericles and Nights at the Circus (Lyric Hammersmith/Kneehigh).  For television, she has appeared as a series regular in M.I. High, Missing, Doctor Who, Casualty and Chasing Shadows and her other recent television credits include Liar, Acceptable Risk, Line of Duty, River, Cucumber and The Life of Rock with Brian Pern; and for recent film, Brotherhood, Remainder, Invictus and Adulthood and Julius Caesar.  She has also worked extensively on the radio and is the reader of the award-winning No1 Ladies Detective Agency Audiobook series.  
Milli trained on the MFA in Theatre Directing at Birkbeck, and was previously a Resident Assistant Director at Birmingham Repertory Theatre. She is a Creative Associate at the Gate Theatre.

As Director her credits include: Rats (Duffield Studio, National Theatre), EmpowerHouse (Theatre Royal Stratford East), No Cowboys Only Indians (Courtyard Theatre), Mother India and Three Wheels On The Wagon (both Birmingham Rep), Comb (The Other Place,RSC), Left Hangin’ (The Bush Theatre), We Consent (The Arts Theatre), Jerusalem (The Stephen Joseph Theatre), The Snow Queen (The Garage Theatre), Bus Station Blues (The Old Red Lion), Here Comes The Bride (The National Youth Theatre), The Vagina Monologues (Minotaur Theatre Company).

As Assistant Director her credits include: Luna Gale and Filthy Business (Hampstead Theatre), What Shadows (Birmingham Rep), The Quiet House (Birmingham Rep/The Park Theatre), The Government Inspector (Birmingham Rep/touring), The Water Engine (The Rose Theatre), How To Be A Hero (Birmingham Rep/Deptford Albany), Luminous (Birmingham Rep).
Frankie studied Theatre and Performance Design at Liverpool Institute for Performaning Arts. She won the Off West-End Best Set Design award in 2016 for Adding Machine (Finborough Theatre) and was a Linbury prize finalist in 2015 working with the Lyric Theatre, Belfast.

Frankie’s other designs for theatre include: Orca (Southwark Playhouse), La Ronde (Bunker Theatre), Clickbait and A First World Problem (Theatre503), Barbarians (Young Vic – JMK Award 2015, Olivier Award Nominated) Grav (Torch Theatre, Wales), Stories from the Sea (Unity Theatre, Liverpool) Punk Rock (Actor’s Studio, Liverpool), A Picture of Dorian Gray and The Comedy of Errors (LIPA, Liverpool).

Her site-specific work includes co-designing: Karagula (STYX, Tottenham) and If Walls Could Talk: 100 Seel Street (Seel Street, Liverpool). She has also designed the Young Vic’s 5 Plays 5 Days and Fresh Direction projects.

She has worked as associate designer to Christopher Oram on many productions including: Casanova (Northern Ballet UK Tour), No’s Knife (Old VicTheatre), The Winter’s Tale/Harlequinade/Romeo and Juliet/The Entertainer (Garrick Theatre), Man and Superman (National Theatre), Photograph 51 (Noel Coward), Hughie (Booth Theatre, New York), and Damsel in Distress (Chichester Festival Theatre).

www.frankiebradshawdesign.com
Heather is a freelance production manager.

Pasts show include: Diary of a Madman (Gate Theatre); Carmen (Blackheath Halls); No Villain (Trafalgar Studios and Old Red Lion); Radiant Vermin (59E59, New York, Soho Theatre, London, and Tobacco Factory, Bristol); Iphigenia Quartet (The Gate Theatre); All or Nothing (The Vaults); Firebird (Hampstead Theatre Downstairs & Trafalgar Studios); Giving, The Argument, The Meeting, 36 Phone Calls, Sunspots, Deluge, Deposit, Elephants and State Red (Hampstead Theatre Downstairs); 4000 Days and Grounded (Park Theatre);  Four Minutes Twelve Seconds (Trafalgar Studios); The Session (Soho Theatre); Octagon (Arcola Theatre); And Then Came the Nightjars (Bristol Old Vic Studio and Theatre 503); ValhallaAnimals & Cinderella and the Beanstalk  (Theatre 503); Women Centre Stage Festival (NT Temporary space). She assisted on Bull (Young Vic).
Yarit Dor is a movement and fight director. She is a former dancer and dramaturg of Hagit Yakira Dance Company and is an Associate Artist of The Director’s Cut Theatre Company and an Associate Teacher at RADA.

She has choreographed movement and violence on a variety of shows from musicals and new writing to classics and devised theatre. 

Her credits include: The Iphigenia Quartet, Diary of a Madman (The Gate Theatre), Dark Tourism (Park Theatre), Disgraced (English Theatre Frankfurt), Zastrozzi (Norwich Dragon Hall), The Emperor Jones (The Lost Theatre), Titus Andronicus (Greenwich Theatre), Macbeth: Fire Burn (Colchester Shakespeare Festival), Henry V (Peckham Asylum), Kiss of the Earch (Corn Exchange Newbury), The Sorrows of Satan (Tristan Bates), Noonday Demons (King's Head Theatre), Macbeth (RIFT Theatre), A Skull in Connemara (White Bear Theatre), Somewhere Between a Self and an Other (Dance 4 Nottingham), Leah (The Place).

www.yarit-dor.com 
Richard Hammarton is a freelance sound designer. His previous Gate Theatre credits include The Rise and Shine of Comrade Fiasco.

As Sound Designer his credits include: Low Level Panic (Orange Tree), Luv (Park Theatre), Orca, Tomcat (Papatango), Girls (HighTide), Burning Doors (Belarus Free Theatre), Much Ado About Nothing, Jumpy (Theatr Clwyd), Linda (Royal Court), Crushed Shells and Mud (Southwark Playhouse), The Crucible (Manchester Royal Exchange), Sunspots (Hampstead Theatre), Deposit (Hampstead Theatre), Grimm Tales 2 (Bargehouse, Oxo Tower Wharf), Beached (Marlowe Theatre/Soho Theatre), Ghost from a Perfect Place (Arcola Theatre), The Crucible (Old Vic), Dealer’s Choice (Royal and Derngate), Kingston 14 (Theatre Royal Stratford East) and A Number (Nuffield Theatre/Young Vic).
Sam House studied Lighting Design and Production Electrics at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art Graduating in 2015.

As Production Electrician his theatre credits include: An American in Paris Press Launch (Waldorf Hotel), La Ronde (Bunker Theatre), As You Like It (Vanbrugh Theatre).

As Lighting Designer his theatre credits include: Scouse: A Comedy of Terrors (Grand Central Hall, Liverpool), Vocal Faculty Scenes (Royal Academy of Music) and The Bright and Bold Design (George Bernard Shaw Theatre).
Lynette Linton is a director and playwright. She previously directed Assata Taught Me for the Gate. She is the co-founder of production company Black Apron Entertainment. Her other directing credits include Indenture (Dark Horse Festival), Naked (Vault Festival 2015), Pornado (Theatre Royal Stratford East), This Wide Night (Albany Theatre), a scratch performance of Sweet Like Chocolate, Boy (Rich Mix), and she was co-director on Chicken Palace (which she also wrote, Theatre Royal Stratford East).  

As an Assistant Director her work for the Gate includes Image of An Unknown Young Woman and The Christians and she also worked on Torn at the Royal Court Theatre.  

Her writing credits include Step, Service (Boom Festival, Bush Theatre), Ergo Sum (Theatre Delicatessen) and #Hashtag Lightie (Arcola Theatre).
Kenneth Omole plays Fanuco. He recently graduated from Rose Bruford College and Assata Taught Me marks his professional stage debut.
Anna Sheard studied Stage Management and Technical Theatre at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. Her previous Gate Theatre credits include I Call my Brothers.

As Stage Manager her credits include: Pixel Dust/Wondr (Metta Theatre, Edinburgh Fringe 2017), 10,000 Smarties (Arts at the Old Fire Station, Oxford), Sweet Charity (NYMT, Leicester Curve), Danny the Champion of the World (UK Tour), Upper Cut (Southwark Playhouse, W14 Productions), Lizzie Siddal (Arcola Theatre), and is a recurring Stage Manager for The Urdang Academy.

As Deputy Stage Manager her credits include: House/Amongst the Reeds (Clean Break), The Buskers Opera (Park Theatre), Lotty’s War (UK Tour), An Incident at the Border (Finborough Theatre, Trafalgar Studios). As Assistant Stage Manager her credits include: The Importance of Being Earnest (Royal
Opera House, Barbican), Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (Opera Holland Park, Royal Opera House), Dancing at Lughnasa (Theatre by the Lake), Spamalot (West End, ATG), Farragut North (Southwark Playhouse).
Jamie is about to graduate in theatre design at Middlesex University and has recently been offered one of the four places to train on the MA Theatre Design programme at Bristol Old Vic Theatre School. He is an Associate Artist of Red Ladder Theatre Company and reached the final shortlist of The Old Vic 12 competition last year. His work as an installation artist for the year-long piece ‘Thin Air’ was recently on display at The Royal Air Force Museum as part of a commission by the RAF for the First World War in the Air exhibition.

Jamie has also worked in the full-time Art Department for ITV’s This Morning. As Designer his credits include: F*cking Men (King’s Head Theatre, Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Dublin Gay Theatre Festival, The Vaults Waterloo), Nobody’s Business, 5 Guys
Chillin’ (King’s Head Theatre), Fight Like A Girl (site-specific, Sunny Bank Mills, Youth Music Theatre:UK), The Bachelor Girls (Barbican Theatre Plymouth, Youth Music Theatre:UK), Kathy & Kathy Western Frontiers (Greenwich Dance/R&D for National Tour, Levantes Dance Theatre), In My Head (Brockley Jack Studio Theatre).

As Assistant/Associate Designer his credits include: Heartbreak Hotel (The Jetty Greenwich, produced by Managing Mayhem), We’re Not Going Back (National Tour, Red Ladder Theatre Company), People Watch (The Place Euston, Streetwise Opera for Tête à Tête Festival), Pop-Up Operas: UnconGENIE-al, My Mother My Daughter, Chuggers, Wake Up! (King’s Cross Public Spaces, Tête à Tête Festival).
This is Kalungi Ssebandeke’s first full length play. His other plays include View of Her Own Beauty, My Darling Wife, The Star and Raceless.  As an actor he previously performed at the Gate in Image of an Unknown Young Woman.  His other acting credits include The Taming of The Shrew (Two Gents); We Are Proud to Present…(Bush Theatre, The Offies – Best Ensemble): One Monkey Don't Stop No Show (Eclipse Theatre), and an upcoming role on BBC's Doctor Who. For television, his credits include Cucumber, The Well, Dubplate Drama and The Dumping Ground; and for film Shoot Me and Columbite Tantalite.

Assata Taught Me has been longlisted for the Alfred Fagon award.
Joel Trill trained as a voice coach at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. He was a recipient of the 2015 VASTA Diversity Scholarship Award.
As Voice Coach his credits include: One Love (Birmingham REP), A Bitter Herb (RADA The Gielgud Theatre), Blues for an Alabama Sky (RADA GBS Studio), War & War (Complcite/Central The Pleasance Theatre), Layla’s Room (The Theatre Centre), Clynbourne Park (RADA GBS studio), Rise Up (The Theatre Centre).

Joel works regularly as a voice over artist with clients that include: Dreamwork’s UK (Postman Pat series), Nike, BBC and ITV.
Jack trained at The Guildhall School and was presented with the ETC award for lighting design in 2014. In 2016 he was nominated for the WhatsOnStage award for best lighting design for The Boys In The Band in the West End. He was also double-nominated and a finalist in the 2016 OffWestEnd Awards for best lighting designer.

As Lighting Designer his credits include: CAT! - The play (The Ambassadors Theatre), The Changeling (University of Cumbria), The Plague (The Arcola Theatre), Ray Cooney’s Out Of Order (Yvonne Arnaud and a UK Tour), Pray So Hard For You (The Finborough Theatre), Laronde (The Bunker Theatre), The Boys In The Band (Vaudeville, West End), Cinderella (Chiswick Gardens), F*cking Men (The Vaults Theatre), Confessional & Through The Mill (Southwark Playhouse), No Villain (Trafalgar Studios), Little Voice (The Union Theatre), Princess Caraboo (Finborough Theatre), Four Play (Theatre503), African Gothic (Park Theatre), My Children! My Africa! (Trafalgar Studios), Muswell Hill (Park Theatre), Bad Girls, Road Show, Fear & Misery and The Spitfire Grill (The Union Theatre), All-Male Pirates of Penzance (Hackney Empire & UK Tour), Hamlet (Riverside Studios).

04 May – 02 June

As part of the RESIST! season

Assata Taught Me

Box office: 020 7229 0706

DATES & TIMES

4 May - 2 June, 7:30pm. 3pm matiness on Wednesdays and Saturdays.
  • 
                

PRESS NIGHT
  • Monday 8 May

GATE DEBATE
  • Post-show talk with Human Rights Watch
    Tuesday 16 May

YOUNG PEOPLE'S NIGHT
  • £7.50 tickets for Under 26's
    Friday 19 May

CAPTION NIGHT
  • Performance and post-show talk is captioned
    suited for those who are deaf/hard-of-hearing
    or use English as a second language
    
    Thursday 25 May