LAMDA MishMash

An inspiring new festival supporting the self-created work of LAMDA graduates and alumni.

Due to government advice on Covid-19, restrictions on travel and to safeguard our audiences, students and staff, visitors and the artists with whom we work, we have made the decision to postpone LAMDA MishMash. 

We fully intend to present LAMDA MishMash at a later date.

A message from Emily Carewe, founder of LAMDA MishMash

April 2020 was originally going to see the first ever LAMDA MishMash, a three-day festival celebrating invention, risk-taking and the self-created work of our graduates – from seeds of ideas and initial explorations through to fully realised pieces.

Each day of the festival would have contained one hour long performance, and a selection of shorter works presented in one hour slots: a Half & Half featured two 30 minute long pieces, whilst a Cheeky Third showcased three different 15 minute performances

Alongside live performances, film screenings and audio drama presentations, we programmed a series of workshops and panel discussions with leading industry professionals exploring how to create work and the wider issues within the creative skills sector. 

Friday 24 April

The opening night of MishMash would have included comedy, burlesque cabaret and classical music, celebrating the inter-disciplinary freedom of self-created work.

Midway between a classical recital and a theatre piece, the first full-length show is ALL IS WELL – so far so good, written by sisters Tatiana and Barbara Probst. 

Misha Graham-Patel and Good Woman Productions planned to showcase two very different pieces in Half & Half 1 – both in early stages of development approaching different kinds of representation, one is a comedy pilot reading, the other burlesque.

New short work exploring mental health, family and identity would have been performed by Unrealistically Loud Theatre Company, Plain Heroines, Milly Roberts, Harry McMullen, Helen Reuben and Imposter Productions.

Saturday 25 April

Saturday's programme included Cat Kolubayev’s play Bin Juice set in a hazardous waste removal company (also seen at the 2020 Vault Festival) and four half-hour pieces – physical and devised theatre from Trinacria Theatre Company and Eleanor Crosswell; and two pieces that dealt with identity, nationality and fundamentalism by David Young and Toby Clarke.

Saturday's Cheeky Third would have included three new 15 minute pieces all centred around love and relationships by Nicole Latchana and Julia Levai, Joseph Aldous and Max Kirk and Southern Magpie. 

The development of new work is an integral part of LAMDA’s curriculum, and throughout their training our students work with established writers and directors to develop new dramas in a variety of mediums. Screenings of seven short films and an audio drama created by our graduates had been programmed to run alongside Saturday's live schedule.

Sunday 26 April

The final day of LAMDA MishMash would have featured Not Even They Do, the debut hour long play by 2019 graduate Julia Armstrong. Sunday's Cheeky Third featured pieces by Eva Scott, Collective Anatomy and Misha Graham-Patel, all telling stories of women taking space – through puberty, body image and even in worlds they weren’t expected.

Angus Imrie, Jenny Wall and Last Word Theatre would have presented 15 minute pieces exploring loss, growing up and mental health. The final Half & Half of the festival would have included poetry by Lucy Girling and new work by multi-disciplinary collective, The wonderful. 

About MishMash

LAMDA MishMash Festival was produced by 2017 graduate Emily Carewe, with 2016 graduate George Kemp as assistant producer, in partnership with LAMDA.

Emily and George were supported by an advisory board of LAMDA alumni: Joseph Aldous, Bryony Corrigan, Christine Gomes, Rosa Hesmondhalgh and Gilbert Kyem Jnr.

LAMDA MishMash Festival 2020 had been generously supported by: 45North, Backstage Trust, The Harbour Foundation, Kenny Wax and an anonymous donor.