RASH began as a vignette of short monologues based on my personal experience of living in countries in crises. As I began to read these stories to writers, colleagues, friends, family and strangers, I realised there is a thirst to know what it's like to live in conflict zones, to witness human rights abuses, to take risks. And for those who lead similar lives, they see a picture so rarely reflected back at them. So in writing RASH, my first solo play, I have tried not to create a mystique or a halo around this world, but to provide a small glimpse into the life of a human rights/humanitarian worker. RASH is the story of how I ended up in Rwanda after the genocide and how that experience changed my life. I would love to hear from all you folks who have seen it - what did you think? Even if you haven't seen it, do share any thoughts you might have. My eyes and ears are wide open ...
Thursday, February 1, 2007
Kieran McLoughlin is a director, writer, performer and movement specialist. As co- founder and co-director of Edinburgh’s performance collective Highway Diner he has made over 7 shows since 2003. Highway Diner was awarded a Fringe First in the Edinburgh 2004 Fringe for the site specific promenade performance ‘Works of Temporary Solace’. Kieran studied at Dartington College of Arts and at the School for New Dance Development in Amsterdam (1999-2002). Studying in Amsterdam he developed a methodology for looking at real-time composition using dancers and musicians, and taught this in universities and colleges in the UK. Alongside this he teaches for several organisations including Scottish Youth Theatre.
Jenni Wolfson is a human rights activist, writer and performer. Since 2006 she has been the Managing Director of WITNESS, an international human rights organization founded by Peter Gabriel which uses the power of video to expose human rights abuses. Jenni worked for 12 years with the UN and UNICEF in over 25 countries, including three years in Rwanda and two years in Haiti. Her field work involved investigating human rights violations and training the military, police, judiciary and NGOs in human rights standards. Slightly different from Glasgow where Jenni grew up. She has an MA in Human Rights and an Honorary Doctorate, speaks six languages, and studied acting at the Deena Levy Theatre Studio. RASH marks her writing and acting debut.