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SOAS student playwright tackles fall of last African monarchy

1 August 2013

A rising star in the performing arts world is Adam Tulloch, BA History student at SOAS, University of London.

The undergraduate, entering his second year of study, has written and produced a play on the rise and fall of the last African monarchy.

Following sell out previews earlier this year at the Old Red Lion Theatre in Islington, 'Through the Wire' has been performed at TED x SOAS and is heading for the Edinburgh Fringe Festival next year.

Set in Swaziland, ‘Through the Wire’ is a brutal and engaging portrayal of a kingdom in crisis. As the country rises up to topple Africa’s last absolute monarchy it focuses on the lack of democratic rights among its people.

When asked what inspired him to write the play, Adam said: “I attended a talk by UNISON on working rights in Swaziland and I just became interested in the issues. I didn’t know anything about Swaziland before so I just wanted to make more people aware.”

Through the wire

A scene from 'Through the Wire' performed at SOAS as part of TED X

Adam, who was recently voted by The Voice as one of the top ten most outstanding black students in the UK, was described in the publication as a “gifted playwright, actor and director” who has “used his considerable talents in the arts to give back to his community and bring about social change."

Previously a performing arts student at the Brit School, at the age of 19 he received the ‘Brit School Student of the Year Award’ for producing and performing in a range of educational plays which toured local secondary schools in the Croydon area.

Adam has also written a play about young carers after he was inspired by a work colleague who faced the daily challenges of looking after a parent. ‘Not Today’ is due to be previewed in London this autumn and performed in secondary schools early next year.

For more information on ‘Through the Wire’ and Adam’s work, see Rare Rising Stars.