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Layla Madanat

Director London

Layla (She/Her) is a Jordanian-Palestinian theatre-maker, documentary artist and social justice activist from South West London. Since graduating with a BA in History from Bristol, Layla completed an MSc in Gender, Development and Globalisation from the LSE.

Layla is driven by telling stories centered around social justice, aiming to shake up power landscapes and shift the culture of storytelling in the UK. She continues to work with new writers, telling unheard stories and using art to spark bold discussions.

Layla especially enjoys working in an inter-disciplinary manner, often blending live music and art into performance, including musical theatre and opera.

Most recently, Layla was shortlisted for the Evening Standard Future Theatre Fund in the Directing/Theatre-Making Category. She has also had work shortlisted for Underbelly Untapped, VAULT Origins Award, and the VAULT and Stagedoor People's Choice Award.

She is currently part of Paines Plough’s “Re:Assemble” dramaturgy cohort, The Orange Tree Theatre’s Young Company, Shubbak Festival’s Young Associates, and recently graduated Sour Lemons’ “Making Lemonade” programme for emerging cultural leaders.

Credits

DIRECTOR
Made at Home, Tamasha Theatre Scratch Night (Digital), 2020
She is a Place Called Home, VAULT Festival, 8 shows, 2020
A New Dawn, The Union Theatre, 1 show, 2019
A New Dawn, The King's Head, 2 shows, 2019
Colour is Too Sweet, The King's Head (Playmill), 2 shows, 2019
Sweeney Todd, The Old Theatre (LSE), 3 shows, 2019
Into the Deep, Etcetera Theatre (Camden Fringe), 3 shows, 2018
Into the Deep, Leaf Manchester (Greater Manchester Fringe), 3 shows, 2018
Into the Deep, The Room Above Bristol, 3 shows, 2018
DECADE, The Winston Theatre (Bristol University), 4 shows, 2018

DIRECTOR (Rehearsed Reading/Scratch Nights)
Half/نص (Extract), Tristan Bates, 1 show, 2019
Half/نص (Extract), Old Red Lion, 1 show, 2019
Noura (Extract), Rich Mix, 1 show, 2019

DIRECTOR/DRAMATURG (R&D)
Generation Game, Olly Kendall, Venue N/A, 2020
A New Dawn, Olly Kendall, Venue N/A, 2020
Something Just Like This, Olly Kendall, Venue N/A, 2019
Finding Him, Olly Kendall, Venue N/A, 2019

DRAMATURG
Wanton, Melissa Wilson (Camilla Whitehill Online Writing Programme)

DEVISING/WRITER (Children's Theatre)
A Christmas Night, The Room Above Bristol, 2 shows, 2017
Alice in Wonderland (Primary School Production), The Wickham Theatre, 2 shows, 2017

DEVISING/PERFORMER (Verbatim Theatre)
Things We Do Not Know, ArtSpace LifeSpace, 4 shows, 2020
Things We Do Not Know, Leicester Curve (NSDF), 2 shows, 2019
Things We Do Not Know, The People's Republic of Stokes Croft, 1 week, 2018
Cherry, The Space (Edinburgh Fringe), 1 month, 2017
Things We Do Not Know, The People's Republic of Stokes Croft, 1 week, 2017

PRODUCER
Bayti Baytek, Shubbak Festival (Digital Commission), 2020
A New Dawn, The Union Theatre, 1 show, 2019
A New Dawn, The King's Head, 2 shows, 2019

Training

Paines Plough Re:Assemble Dramaturgy Collective 2021
Bristol Old Vic Directing Scheme with Lee Lyford and Bristol Dramsoc, 2017

Experience

2-5 years

Skills

Acting
Creative Inclusion Aesthetic
Devising
Dramaturgy
Languages
Movement Direction
Music - Can Read
Music - Plays Instruments
Music - Singing
Performance Art
Physical Theatre
Teaching
Verbatim
Working with Young People
Writing

Additional Languages

Arabic (Native), French (Intermediate), BSL (Basic)

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