6 November, POSK Hammersmith
INTRUDER is a bilingual (English-Polish) solo-play, written/performed by actor, Remi Rachuba, and directed by Marcus Montgomery Roche.
It tells the story of a Polish man who moved from Poland to Scotland to pursue his dreams of becoming an actor, but who, shortly after his arrival, became the victim of a violent attack which almost ruined his life.
The themes touched on by the play are amongst others: mental health, anxiety and phobias, forgiveness, the restorative justice system as well as what it means to be immigrant and a victim of violence. However the most important part of this story is the story of fulfilling one’s dreams. Remi Rachuba, who both wrote and stars in the play, worked on the text since 2009. The play has two two language versions, the original one (in English) and also in Polish.
Supported by Arts Council England and Creative Scotland, the play was shortlisted for the Adrian Pagan Playwriting Award at London’s King’s Head Theatre in 2013 and got to the final shortlist in the BBC Writersroom Drama in 2017.
‘Intruder’ had its premiere on 4 August 2022 at the Edinburgh Festival. It ran at Summerhall from 3-14 August and was extended till 28 August.
Remi Rachuba (actor/writer/producer) – www.remirachuba.com
Remi, a native Pole, having initially studied teaching English, participated in acting courses in Warsaw, London, New York, Moscow before settling in Scotland and finally being accepted to the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. His first professional job was performing in a dreamthinkspeak’s site-specific production titled ‘Before I Sleep’ presented at 2010 Brighton Theatre Festival, awarded with Peter Brook Best Ensemble Award and subsequently presented at the Holland Festival in 2011. He has also performed in dreamthinkspeak’s ‘The Rest is Silence’, ‘In the Beginning was the End’ and ‘Absent’. Remi was a Scottish servant in a Katie Mitchell’s production of ‘Lucia di Lammermoor’ at the Royal Opera House in 2016 and is coming back to the 2nd revival of the opera in May 2020. Additionally since graduating he has participated in a production at the Traverse Theatre titled ‘The Builders’ with Plutot La Vie, toured with a T.I.E production of ‘Pinocchio’, and taken part in various workshops with e.g. Ian Rickson, Jeremy Stockwell, Theatre O, Frantic Assembly. He also participated in the Berlinale Talent Campus at the Berlin International Film Festival.
Marcus Montgomery Roche (director) – http://marcusroche.strikingly.com
Marcus Roche is currently assistant director to Declan Donnellan at Cheek by Jowl and is touring with their new production of Pericles by William Shakespeare. In 2015 he toured with their production of The Winter’s Tale. He studied at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama and École Philippe Gaulier in Paris. In 2012 he directed The Agony and Ecstasy of Steve Jobs by Mike Daisey which received critical acclaim was nominated for a CATS award and the Amnesty International Freedom of Speech Award. For Taganrog Opera and Drama Theatre (Russia) he directed a contemporary movement version of Romeo and Juliet. In 2014 he created Vote For Me which was part of the Early Days Festival at the Arches. He has directed The Night before the Trial a couple of Chekhov’s short stories as a curtain raiser to the Tron Theatre’s production of Three Sisters. He has directed for the Tron Theatre, the Arches, Play, Pie and a Pint, Wee Theatres, Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and Theatre 503. His productions of Romeo and Juliet and Macbeth toured Scotland in 2011. He has worked closely with Rachel O’Riordan on Macbeth as associate director, and as assistant on both Cinderella and Neil Simons the Odd Couple at Perth Theatre.