Full cast announced for THE CLINIC at Almeida Theater


The Almeida Theater has announced the full cast of the world premiere of Dipo Baruwa-Etti’s The Clinic.

Monique Touko directs Toyin Ayedun-Alase, Donna Berlin, Maynard Eziashi, Simon Manyonda, Gloria Obianyo and Mercy Ojelade in the production which opens Monday September 12, with previews Saturday September 3 through Saturday October 1.

Director: Monique Touko; Designer: Paul Wills; Lighting designer: Matt Haskins; Sound designer: Christopher Shutt; Composer: Shiloh Coke; Choreographer: Lanre Malaolu; Casting Director: Julia Horan

Performances take place from Saturday September 3 to Saturday October 1, 2022.

Wunmi is tired of the fight. When her world crumbles, she turns to Ore for help.

Ore decides to save Wunmi, offering sanctuary in the home of her parents – a family of charity workers, therapists and politicians, dedicated to serving their community.

Wunmi’s presence quickly disrupts familiar patterns – the cracks begin to widen and the bad blood thickens. As these pillars of society crumble, Wunmi wonders if she has fallen into a refuge or a trap?

The Clinic is a fiercely political and lyrical piece by Dipo Baruwa-Etti (An Unfinished Man, The Yard) written during a twelve-month residency with the Almeida as part of the Channel 4 Playwrights Fellowship.

This world premiere, directed by Monique Touko (Fair Play, Bush Theatre), is a tense and piercing portrait of a woman with a thirst for change, a family on fire and how to be reborn from the ashes of a broken world.

Biographies:

Toyin Ayedun-Alase plays Wunmi. His theater credits include Much Ado About Nothing, The Comedy of Errors (RSC); Sleeping Beauty (Nottingham Playhouse); I’d Rather Be Going Blind (Omnibus Theatre); The Return of the Unknown (Marlowe Theatre); Romeo + Juliet (Secret Cinema); The Three Penny Opera House (National Theatre). For television, his work includes Top Boy and Motherland.

Dipo Baruwa-Etti is a playwright, filmmaker and poet. As a playwright, he was Channel 4’s Playwright in Attachment in 2020 with the Almeida Theater and was shortlisted for the George Devine Most Promising Playwright Award the same year with his play When Great Trees Fall. His other plays include The Sun, the Moon, and the Stars (Theatre Royal Stratford East); An Unfinished Man (The Yard) and the next Half-Empty Glasses (Paines Plow). As a writer-director, his work includes the award-winning short film The Last Days, a BFI Network/BBC/Tannahill production starring Adjoa Andoh and Amarah-Jae St. Aubyn. He also has original projects in development with companies such as Blueprint Pictures and Duck Soup Films. As a poet he has been published in The Good Journal, Ink Sweat & Tears, Amaryllis, and his work has been featured nationwide as part of End Hunger UK’s traveling exhibition on food insecurity.

Donna Berlin plays Tiwa. His theatrical work includes The Gift (Belgrade Theater and tour); Chasing Rainbows (Hoxton Hall); A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Friends and Relatives (Sheffield Crucible); The Chalk Garden (Chichester Festival Theatre); Great Apes (Arcola Theater); Anna Karenina and Rolling Stone (Royal Exchange, Manchester). Her TV credits include Breeders; Requiem and Game Face. For film, his work includes In Darkness and Monochrome.

Maynard Eziashi plays Segun. His theatrical work includes Barber Shop Chronicles (National Theatre); The Strange Death of John Doe (Hampstead Theatre); Freefall (Pleasance Theatre) and The Dead Wait (Park Theatre). Her movie credits include The Contract, Color Me Kubrick and Kiss Kiss Bang Bang.

Simon Manyonda plays Bayo. His theatrical work includes Far Away, The Way of the World (Donmar Warehouse); In fact (Trafalgar Studios); Alys, Always (Bridge Theatre); Barber Shop Chronicles, Light Shining in Buckinghamshire and King Lear (National Theatre). Her recent TV credits include Pennyworth; The Bay and its dark materials. For film, his work includes The Witches; In Fabric and The Current War.

Gloria Obianyo plays Ore. Her theatrical work includes Paradise (National Theatre), for which she won the 2022 Ian Charleson Award; The Girl from the North Country (West End and Toronto); The Living Journal (Royal Court); Jesus Christ Superstar (Regent’s Park Outdoor Theatre); The Grinning Man (Bristol Old Vic) and The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui (Donmar Warehouse). His television work includes Good Omens, and his film credits include High Life and Dune.

Mercy Ojelade plays Amina. She returns to the Almeida after having already played in They Drink It in the Congo. His other theater credits include Still (Traverse Theatre); Love and Information (Sheffield Crucible); The White Devil (Sam Wanamaker Playhouse) and A Midsummer Night’s Dream (RSC). His television work includes Outlander and film includes Incendiary.

Monique Touko is a London-based multidisciplinary artist working in theatre, radio and film. She made her professional debut with Mufaro Makubika’s Malindadzimu at the Hampstead Theater Downstairs. Her second professional show was Ella Road’s Fair Play at the Bush Theatre. Her credits as an assistant director include Wishlist (Royal Exchange Manchester and Royal Court); Kanye the First (HighTide); Yellowman (Young Vic); On Exhalation (Théâtre Traverse); c*ck (Chichester Festival Theatre); Richard II (Shakespeare’s Globe); Rosmersholm (Duke of York Theatre) and Blood Wedding (Young Vic). She is also part of The Ubunifu Space, a definitive guide to African and Diaspora youth music and culture – the Ubunifu way.

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