We began the Workshop Series in January 2015 in the Middle East auditioning a new company of emerging actors from across the Region that represented the rich cultural landscape Kevin had seen firsthand during the Richard III tour in 2012.

From the hundreds that applied we selected a hugely diverse and talented group of 34 performers from 12 countries including Abu Dhabi, Syria and Dubai.

Each performer chose a monologue that represented their culture, performed in their mother tongue. It proved to be a hugely emotive and personal experience for all those taking part that was as much about heritage, family and ‘place’ as it was performance.