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IN BED: What The Critics Thought.

photo taken by Chris Mann.

In Bed is well crafted, tantalisingly constructed and directed leaving us plenty to debate’

a young playwright showing promise and insightful plotting’

(Lizzie Loveridge/CURTAIN UP) Read More: http://www.curtainup.com/londlink.html

SLICK AND STYLISH PILLOW TALK

Bolaji’s writing is beautifully natural, with fluid and believable dialogue’

A GIFTED WRITER’

(Hannah Doyle/REMORE GOAT) Read more: http://www.remotegoat.com/uk/review_view.php?uid=11359

IMAGES FROM TECH REHEARSAL by Cat Couture 

Bolaji is able to bring an essence of metaphysical theatre to the script making it possible for the audience to believe that this dialogue is taking place at present time, leading to it becoming more relatable.’

(Nellie Tandoh/The British Blacklist) Read more: http://www.thebritishblacklist.com/nellie-tandoh-reviews-play-in-bed-written-directed-featuring-actor-adebayo-bolaji/ 

photo by Chris Mann from In Bed rehearsals

magnificently multi-talented’ Terri Paddock (American writer, arts journalist and co-founder of Whats On Stage)

photo by Chris Mann of Allyson Ava Brown in rehearsals for In Bed

 AUDIENCE REACTIONS ON TWITTER: 

Photo by Chris Mann- In Bed rehearsals .

For more rehearsal pictures see IN BED’s Facebook page:

www.facebook.com/inbedtheplay

FEATURES/INTERVIEWS

So I was lucky enough to share some of my experiences in the industry so far, with AFROPUNK. Based in Brooklyn New York, they are a community that celebrates the experimental and alternative forms of art. Here is my feature-enjoy:

http://www.afropunk.com/profiles/blogs/feature-london-based-adebayo-bolaji-tells-us-his-story-as-a-young

#inbedtheplay

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EVERYONE WANTS TO KNOW- I MEAN, WHO DOESN’T?

‘Ade I met this guy, he was so hot and kept smiling at me, but i couldn’t tell if he was flirting with me or not…Ade, man, this girl yeah- mate seriously, she wanted me, why else would she have bent down that far in front of me, with that top??’

ANY OF THIS SOUND FAMILIAR??… keep reading…

The problem with writing anything is that the thoughts and ideas conveyed in that piece, are immediately attributed to the writer, you know 'is that you?- do you think that?’

This is what happened the first time we staged 'IN BED’ in its workshop stage at the Questors Theatre in 2009. The answer.. NO and YES and NO.

WHAT IDEAS?- WHAT IS 'IN BED’ ABOUT?

Well, without giving anything away, the play explores questions- questions liked the ones i started this blog with, questions like 'how do we know?’

This question is explored within the realm of desire-love-sex-interest. How do we know when we are desired, is it all so 'black and white’?

In today’s society a man is not just simply a man anymore, we now have the expression 'metrosexual male’, so this kind of man is allowed to take care of his looks and express his feelings.  Women (although we still have a long way to go with sexual equality), at least compared to early 20th century, can now walk around wearing men’s clothes and still confidently say they are feminine as that expression can no longer be objectified.In some industries, like the arts, hugs and kisses on the cheeks are more common than a high-five.

i remember my first professional acting experience at 14 years of age and being in shock (a positive one *giggles) when a lot of the girls hugged me or rested their head on my shoulder… THIS WOULD NEVER HAVE HAPPENED AT SCHOOL… but it was deemed normal in 'that world’, it wasn’t them 'hitting’ on me.

You get the picture, right? It can all get just a bit blurry… but then is it really? Is there not still something to be said for our primitive natures? Has convention, politics, systems, etc simply covered what we naturally all think?  It’s kind of like when, a group of people from different parts of the world, sit in one place and listen to a comedian tell a joke-rude-shocking to say the least, yet we all laugh- sometimes hesitently - because we kinda think it’s true OR at least we can see the truth of it… well, maybe.

So basically, this play came about through seasons of happenings - paradoxes and all sorts not just from my life but i guess the witnessing of incidences which, give way to all of these questions. So hopefully, it will present itself as a mirror and not a preaching stool… as there are certainly no answers being giving here, just what I think we have all come across… see for yourself.

IN BED: Two actors send a night together to rehearse a play…

15TH-20TH SEPTEMBER

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INTRODUCING … B.A.S.E.

                                                      B.A.S.E

                                 Bolaji. Arts. School. Experimentation.

“Everything is possible but you must find your own way. So, if you look at my work and think, ‘Ah there is an example, I will start by what he’s done’, you are bound to go wrong. Because the work that I do today is the result of all the work that I’ve done through trial and error, in changing times.”

-Peter Brook-

Providing Space for artists to discover their artistic needs. A school that teaches awareness rather than one specific way to artistic success.

I have had the idea of putting a kind of academy/research centre for actors (mainly), but really all artists. Every form of art compliments one another and it is my attention to facilitate a space (BASE) for the growth of these art forms.

Currently, its manifestation will be in the shape of workshops, 'master classes’ and lectures.

Not wanting to rush this, it has been taking shape for a few years and will soon be having an official launch.

 

Will keep you posted.

Ade

SAY... IT... PLAIN!

SO, GANDHI SAID :

-“To believe in something, and not to live it, is dishonest.”..hmmm…

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… so i’m chillin’

in front of me are books and films- all of which are mostly written, directed

and acted by people I respect- artists I like and who have all inspired me

in one way or the other.

On days like this, I reflect on my own artistry and meditate over what my artistry says 

about me. You know so, if you didn’t meet me in the flesh but only experienced my work

what would you be experiencing?

My mind then teleports into thoughts like ‘why did I get into this thing in the first place?’

‘Who made me do it?’ ‘what have I sacrificed for it?’ and so on…

And most importantly (at least for me) am I happy with it?

I’m not gonna speak for other artists but for myself.. only because there is that, potentially -

annoying -tendency to start telling people what the subjective is.

For me art is subjective (personal) … and this is nothing new- it’s been said ‘a thousand times’-

so why say it? I’m writing this out as a reminder for myself and maybe you might be in the same place and it could help.. who knows?

But the reminder is, do MY art for ME. Do what I like.. ‘do me’. Once this stops … it ceases to be my art. Even the decision to do someone else’s art must be MY decision MY choice- if I end up unhappy with it- then fine.. but at least I will always know that it was MY choice.

The choice of agreeing of collaborating, of doing, of saying yes or no.

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What about money.. survival? This will always be a factor- so it’s a balance and how we all find that balance, for me, still coincides with how I monitor who I am and staying close to who I am… I guess cause I know, I’ll feel defeated if I lose myself.

Essentially, decide.

'For ME’, does not close or shut out others, but welcomes and shares, shares something honest. For ME is not f**k everyone else, but is ‘hey everyone, look, listen or what do you think of this?… it doesn’t literally mean 'for ME’… it’s just being honest.

 

LATEST INTERVIEWS ON THE SCOTTSBORO BOYS

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Facing Down Racism - Skyfall Actor Plays ‘The Scottsboro Boys’, A Tale About The Biggest Race Trial In American History

Published: Sunday | October 20, 2013
The nine Scottsboro Boys.
The nine Scottsboro Boys.

CLICK ON LINK:

    http://jamaica-gleaner.com/gleaner/20131020/ent/ent1.html

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http://www.thebritishblacklist.com/british-blacklist-speaks-adebayo-bolaji-upcoming-role-scotsboro-boys/

The Color Purple... REVIEWS

SO! Press night for The Color Purple at the Menier Chocolate Factory is done… what did the critics say?…

© Francis Loney 

Libby Purves -The Times

★★★★

Adebayo Bolaji is ‘splendidly funny’ and 'tremendous’.

Michael Coveney- WhatsOnStage  

★★★★

Adebayo Bolaji is 'hilarious' 

Robert McCrum- The Observer 

Adebayo Bolaji’s as Harpo is 'terrific' 

Michael Billington - The Guardian

Adebayo Bolaji’s performance as Harpo is 'impressive' 

CAMERA FUN WITH CHRIS MANN AND ELIJAH CASTSON...A LIL' PEEK

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