Stratford theatre wins Olivier award

Theatre Royal Stratford East has won an award for staging a play about sex trafficking set in east London.

Roadkill was staged at the theatre in Gerry Raffles Square in autumn last year.

The show, which was a sell-out in Paris, won the Outstanding Achievement in an Affiliate Theatre in the London 2012 Laurence Olivier Awards.

Roadkill took audiences on a journey to a house seomehere in east London to tell the powerful story of the terrifying complexities of sex trafficking today, based on real experieinces.

There were chilling performances combined with video and animation that brought audiences face to face to with the brutal and hidden truth about the reality for one woman trapped in a living nightmare.

Kerry Michael, Artistic Director at the theatre, said: “We are delighted to have to have received this award that recognises the quality and relevance of this work that Stratford East is presenting and I’m really pleased that the actors who were outstanding in this production have been recognised as well as the creative team especially Cora Bissett who conceived and directed the project. It is also a fantastic celebration of our partnership with Barbican.”

The play was produced by Pachamama Productions and Richard Productions in association with Traverse Theatre. The London season of the play was presented by Theatre Royal Stratford East in association with the Barbican.