Making It – Diversity and the Arts with Vas Blackwood and Jade Lewis
Do the arts have a diversity problem? Do they reflect the diversity of contemporary England? Come and hear well-known actor and Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels star Vas Blackwood and upcoming young theatre director Jade Lewis discuss.
About the Speakers
Vas Blackwood began his professional acting career over 30 years ago. His theatre work includes extensively touring the UK and Europe with The Black Theatre Co-Op. Vas has worked extensively at the National Theatre, Riverside Studio’s, The Lyric, Young-Vic, and numerous repertory Theatres and the Royal Shakespeare Company.
Like most actors, Vas Blackwood made the simple transition into Television. His extensive Credits include, The Lenny Henry Show (BBC), Annika Directed by Colin Nutley (ITV-Film) and who can forget Vas’s Classic one-off performance as Lennox “The Shadow” Gilbey in Only Fools and Horses (BBC). Vas also filmed 12 episodes of a TV Comedy drama set on Location in Jamaica co-starring with Audrey ‘Dancehall Queen’ Reid called ‘Me and Mi Crew’. Vas recently co-starred in the CBBC 4-part TV Drama ‘JOE ALL ALONE’ which once ‘Best Drama at the Children’s BAFTA 2018.
Motion pictures include, ‘Tight Trousers’ (Nominated for a Bafta Short film award), ‘The Escapist’ starring John Lee Miller, ‘Arthur’s Hallowed Ground’. Co-starring in Guy Richie’s worldwide cult gangster flick ‘Lock Stock and Two Smoking-Barrels’ has earned Vas Hollywood Approval. Other stand out performances can be seen in ‘Mean Machine’, Brit-Horror-Flick ‘Creep’, ‘Cryptic’ with Ed Stoppard, Jamaican style Romeo and Juliet ‘One-Love’ alongside Idris Elba, UK urban independent flick classic, which inspired Top-Boy, called ‘Rollin with the Nines’, ‘Mother-Lost’ Starring Michael Ironside, ‘Mercenaries’ Starring Bill Zane, and Nola-Circus shot on location in New Orleans. Vas also has two new films being released in 2019.
Jade Lewis has a BA Hons in History from the University of Sussex and trained in writing for Theatre and Performance at Goldsmiths. She has also studied at the Young Vic and Company 3. As a director, her work in theatre includes Superhoe at the Royal Court; Extinguished Things at Summerhall, Edinburgh; Quarter Life Crisis at Ovalhouse, ARC Stockton Arts Centre and Underbelly Cowgate, Edinburgh; On the Edge of Me at the Vault Festival, Rich Mix and Soho Theatre; and War and Peace at Southwark Playhouse. She wrote and directed Astro Babies at Ovalhouse. Her work as assistant or staff director includes Nine Night at the National; …A Profoundly Affectionate Devotion for Someone… at the Royal Court; The Convert and Iphigenia Quartet at Gate, Notting Hill; Madness Sweet Madness at the Martin Harris Centre and Lantern, Liverpool; Venus/Mars at the Old Red Lion and Bush; and Blakta at the Young Vic.
DETAILS: FEBRUARY 21st, 12:00 – 13:00
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