Bram Davidovich

Playwright
 

about

Bram Davidovich is an award winning playwright. 

His work has been described by critics as innovative, harrowing, and compelling. 

Bram's plays have been performed at the Arcola Theatre, Southwark Playhouse, Rose Theatre Kingston, Brockley Jack Theatre, The Blue Elephant Theatre, the Cockpit Theatre and VAULT Festival.

Maryam Grace as Shez in Strawberry Starburst at The Blue Elephant Theatre in 2016.

 

Strawberry Starburst

With support from Arts Council England, Soho Theatre, and Southwark Playhouse, Strawberry Starburst has had full-productions at several London theatres between 2012-2018, including The Rose Theatre Kingston, The Brockley Jack Theatre, The Blue Elephant Theatre and VAULT Festival. This award-winning play has received critical acclaim and continues to attract audiences young and old.

Compelling

Expertly written

Fresh and innovative 

Poignant and important

Strawberry Starburst was winner of the Highly Commended Award at VAULT Festival 2018.

Research into eating disorders

Research and interviews with professionals and sufferers of eating disorders was vital in ensuring the details, experiences and medical conditions were represented in a highly realistic way. 

Young ambassadors from charity B-eat were interviewed as was an expert in the field of eating disorders Dr Jessica McClelland.

Dr Jessica McClelland, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, King's College London:

 

'Davidovich has taken extraordinary steps to carry out extensive research into the characters of this play [and] put the utmost effort into ensuring the extreme, raw, emotional rollercoaster of experiencing Anorexia Nervosa is accurately portrayed'.
 

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Aimee Bevan as Becca and David Samson as Joshua in Birthright at VAULT Festival 2019.
 

BIRTHRIGHT

Joshua is obsessed with shoot em' up games.

Becca's highest priority is always her nails.

On touching down in Tel Aviv they soon find themselves in the middle of a whirlwind of cultures that they don't understand, and as their views change, contort, twist and burst they are driven to explore more than just the soil they stand on, but the depths of their souls.

JOSHUA
I’ll admit it, beautiful isn’t it? Shame about the politics.

BECCA
What politics can you possibly be thinking about when you’re surrounded by all of this?

JOSHUA
The politics of whose land this is. I’m slowly starting to see it.
There's not an inch of this place that isn’t submerged in conflict and racial politics and I haven’t even seen anyone get killed yet!

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You rarely find such a pleasant comedy that makes you feel so good...a great show for any occasion.

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Birthright had it's premiere at VAULT Festival 2019

where it was well received by critics and audiences.

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RAT KING 

Kelly wants change.

School is dull and the medication she takes tastes like crap.

The world is a big place and she's preparing to run away. 

Jack is living on the streets, life's hard for a homeless youth like him but he's surviving.

As Kelly takes her first steps towards freedom she lands herself in trouble.

Jacko comes to her rescue and they are catapulted into a journey that will change their lives forever.

Running and running 
my lungs are burning 
I'm coughing and spluttering 
we get to a house that's old and crumbling 
and it's not on any main streets, 
half of it backs onto wastelands 
the other half is attached to an old factory. 
He goes through a door with no hinges.

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Can we ever really know what it is like to live life on the street?

Are homeless people also capable of sustaining loving relationships?

What does it take to overcome our demons when faced with extreme adversity?

These are questions that affect us all, whether we are living in comfort and safety but yearn for a greater understanding of those around us, or have hit tough times ourselves and dream of a brighter future.

An estimated 121,000 young people ask the council for help every year with homelessness (Centrepoint, 2020).
Figures show that over three quarters of councils saw a rise in homelessness during the pandemic, highlighting how this is a problem which has never been more relevant.

Rat King starts with Kelly, a schoolgirl from a comfortable family background suffering from mental health issues, prompting her to run away from home.

She meets Jacko, a homeless young man entrenched in the street life, and as he teaches her about surviving and expressing herself freely through art, she walks him through her knack for drama and storytelling.

As they form an increasingly passionate bond, new pressures concerning their diverging futures start to lead to discussions of privilege and opportunity, fuelling a conflict between them that will change both of their lives forever.

What They Say


“Gripping”
—Bruntwood Award (Longlist 2019).


“Intriguing, efficient and direct storytelling”
—The National Theatre.


“Vivid and compelling”
—Papatango Theatre Company.


“the quality of the writing is impressive”
—Talawa Theatre Company.

An extract of RAT KING performed at the Blue Elephant Theatre in 2017. 

Inspirations

Above is Jay, a homeless artist, a personal friend of playwright Davidovich and one of the inspirations behind Rat King. 

Davidovich also worked as a youth worker with homeless young people for almost two years, where he gathered the research and information of real-life accounts of homeless young people's lives, which added accuracy and realism to the characters and story.
 

 
 

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Imogen Comrie in Strawberry Starburst, performed at VAULT Festival 2018.