Meet Group 27

Tiran Aakel, Nalân Burgess, Emily Renée, Kate Webster

Leaving It

Three siblings meet after their mother’s death and confront how they really feel about their family and its legacy. Their mum left everything to be divided between the three of them – simple, right? Except that nothing’s ever simple with families. Especially when money’s involved. Two sisters and a brother have to negotiate the physical and emotional distance between them, the conflict between what they want and what they need, and how to weigh up money and love. Sometimes it’s easier to fight over who gets what than deal with your loss. A short play about looking for ways to reconnect.

Performed at St John’s Church, Leytonstone 12-13 Sept

Tiran Aakel – Performer
Trained at East 15 Acting School. Theatre credits include: Ali/Farid in The Kite Runner (UK and Dubai tour); Mahmoud in The Jungle (The Playhouse, West End); Sahir/Bakhtiah in Blueprint Medea (Finborough Theatre); Ashraf in Burkas and Bacon Butties (The Vaults Festival); Manuel in Fawlty Towers Comedy Dining (UK Tour). Television credits include: Eastenders (BBC), Casualty (BBC), The Bill (ITV). Radio and Audio Drama credits include: Matcham in Sherlock Holmes – His Last Bow; Daniel in The Museum (Tamasha Theatre Co.); Sir Johnstone/Martin Evans in A Form of Colonisation (Tamasha Theatre Co.).

Nalân Burgess – Performer
Nalân Burgess was in rehearsals for Nadia Fall’s Welcome To Iran at The National & Theatre Royal Stratford East when lockdown hit. She was recently in Out of Sorts (Theatre503), Where We Are: The Mosque (The Arcola) and shorts at Lyric Hammersmith, The Pleasance, The Arcola, The Bunker and Theatre503. Nalân played the female lead in BBC3 comedy pilot, Rude Boys. She took part in two short films for Round One of Virtual Collaborators, as a writer and as a performer, but is looking forward to being back on stage for Round Two. Spotlight: 9736-9083-2123 Twitter:  Nalan_B Instagram: nalan_b

Emily Renée – Performer/ Writer
Emily Renée is a writer and actor. She recently wrote and starred in ALICE, a solo show about an Azerbaijani family growing up in nineties Britain, which premiered at VAULT Festival this year and was due to transfer to Battersea Arts Centre before Covid 19. She has been long-listed for the Old Vic 12 and was selected for the Modern Tales talent scheme. As an actor, her credits include Danny Boyle’s YESTERDAY, ITV’s VICTORIA and ENDEAVOUR and The Wachowskis’ JUPITER ASCENDING (Warner Bros.) 

Kate Webster – Writer/ Director
Kate’s work has been staged at the Pleasance, Theatre503, Southwark Playhouse and the Arcola Theatre, and released by Big Finish Productions. She is one of six writers who’ll be creating a brand new play in a day with The 24 Hour Plays UK, at the Laurence Batley Theatre. Her short monologue ‘Penguins’, written for Rapid Reel, was recently broadcast by Radio Reverb (Brighton) and she was selected to take part in Criterion New Writing (postponed by coronavirus). Her current project is a full-length play about matriarchy and mermaids; a short profile and script samples are available at:

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