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  • Title: Rachel West- director RAW Theatre company
    Descriptive info: .. OFF PLAN.. Splendour.. Under Ice.. Electronic City.. Family Stories.. Winter.. International work.. |.. Raw Practical.. Biog/CV/Photo.. Contact.. Home.. Reviews Archive.. 'Splendour'.. nominated for 3 Irish Times Theatre Awards 2008.. :.. Rachel West.. for.. Best Director.. Ingrid Craigie.. Best Actress.. Jane Brennan.. Best Supporting Actress.. ________________.. RAW productions 2004-2007.. of.. RAW.. is a free-lance theatre director and has been responsible for the Irish debuts of leading international playwrights including.. Jon Fosse, Falk Richter.. , and.. Abi Morgan.. RAW.. is Dublin based and aspires to remain a flexible theatre production unit, which works in co-production and collaboration with other artists, existing companies, free-lance practitioners and institutions, both national and international.. RAW is committed to introducing a repertoire of new and innovative world drama to Ireland, by staging Irish premier's of international work and contemporary re-interpretations of the classics.. RAW has worked mainly in association with.. Project Arts Centre, Dublin.. but also with the.. Dublin Theatre Festival, Goethe Institute.. , the.. Norwegian Embassy.. and the.. Heidelberger Stückemarkt.. creating translations and exchange of new writing, presenting the work of  ...   s work is a delight!.. - RTE.. West s production is designed with acute precision by Andrew Clancy and Suzanne Cave, and performed with terrific skill by an outstanding.. cast.. -Irish Times.. -Fintan O Toole.. West directs with acuity and vision.. -The Scotsman.. - Andrew Burnet.. Die Aufführung will durch die intelligente und sensible Regie von Rachel West sowie das leichte und intesive Spiel der vier Akteure nichts beweisen und erzählt doch viel von der Brüchen und Sehnsüchten unserer Zeit.. -Frankfurter Runschau.. -Klaus Dermutz.. BACK to TOP.. | Recent work.. A new adaptation of The Oresteia.. By.. Simon Doyle.. Directed by.. With.. Anthony Brophy, Maeve Cheasty, Alan Howley, Paul Mallon, Emma McIvor, Gary Murphy, Mary Murray.. OFF PLAN is a bold new production which, through the lens of this powerful classical Greek text, puts its finger on the pulse of modern Ireland, making us take stock of where we are and how we got here.. Opens February 11th, 2010 in the Project Arts Centre, Dublin.. more.. All images, video & audio © RAW & Rachel West 2007-2010..

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  • Title: Rachel West- director RAW Theatre company
    Descriptive info: View the research blog.. HERE.. View the Facebook page.. Book tickets at the Project Arts Centre.. OFF PLAN.. By Simon Doyle.. Directed by Rachel West.. A.. production in association with.. Project Arts Centre.. Irish Premiere.. 11th February 2010.. We've built ten bedroom mansions on our hillsides, put tarmac over our boglands, hooked up CCTV to our ironclad gates.. We've burnt through the easy money and now we're reeling, searching for who we actually are.. OFF PLAN is the world premiere of a new adaptation of Aeschylus' Oresteia by Simon Doyle, especially commissioned by critically-acclaimed Irish theatre company RAW (nominated for three Irish Times Theatre Awards 2008).. Forcefully engaging with the dilemmas of our  ...   work includes Oedipus Loves You (Pan Pan), and is directed by Rachel West who was nominated best director at the Irish Times Theatre Awards for RAW's production of Splendour in 2008.. OFF PLAN was commissioned by the company and developed during a series of workshops and readings with members of the ensemble.. OFF PLAN was made possible by the support of the Arts Council.. CAST:.. Anthony Brophy.. Maebh Cheasty.. Alan Howley.. Paul Mallon.. Emma McIvor.. Gary Murphy.. Mary Murray.. PRODUCTION DESIGNERS:.. Set.. Alyson Cummins.. Costume.. Monica Ennis.. Sound.. Judith Ring.. Video.. Martin Rottenkolber.. Lighting.. Sarah Jane Shiels.. Print.. Paul Smyth.. Producer.. Lara Hickey.. Publicity.. Layla O'Mara.. All images, video audio RAW Rachel West 2007-2010..

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  • Title: Rachel West- director RAW Theatre company
    Descriptive info: Listen to a review on.. RTE radio's 'Eleventh Hour'.. SPLENDOUR.. By Abi Morgan.. 24th May 2007.. continues its collaboration with.. Project.. Arts Centre presenting a prize-winning cast in the Irish premiere of.. Abi Morgan s.. highly acclaimed piece.. Splendour is a piece which brilliantly explores both the cruel veneer of our lives and the beating heart within, examining the often simultaneously bland and vicious way in which women can communicate with each other and with the world.. Set as a totalitarian regime is about to collapse,.. unfolds inside a state residence on the edge of an Eastern European city.. Four women wait for a man to arrive; his wife, her friend and two strangers a western photo journalist and her interpreter.. As they wait they talk - Toy Story 2, Prada handbags and Chilli Vodka whilst undercurrents of a political, personal and professional nature begin to bubble to the surface.. In the distance, the  ...   Hanlon.. Aedin Cosgrove.. Hair Makeup.. Patsy Giles.. Images.. Nick Chloe.. Print Design.. Little Seal.. COMPANY:.. Marcus Costello, Layla O Mara , Emma Doyle, Victoria Guzman Orozco, Shane Kenny, Ciara Moore, Eimer Murphy.. REVIEWS:.. Director Rachel West and her exceptional cast soon establish the rules of engagement.. Irish Times.. The Guardian.. Superbly cast, elegantly staged and perfectly paced: the tension winding ever tighter as the narrative expands in unsettling bursts of repetition.. Metro.. RAW s Irish premiere of Abi Morgan s work is a delight and director Rachel West shows considerable skill in dealing with the technical complexions of the play s structure.. So too are the cast exemplary with Ingrid Craigie superb as Micheleine.. RTE.. Rachel West s smooth direction keeps the atmosphere taut, and the combination of fine acting and excellent set, sound and lighting design make this an absorbing production.. - Irish Mail on Sunday.. Photo - Nick Chloe.. Production photos- Ignatio..

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  • Title: Rachel West- director RAW Theatre company
    Descriptive info: PROGRAMME NOTE:.. David Barnett,.. lecturer of drama, UCD.. on.. The System.. Click.. to View.. THE SYSTEM Parts I II.. By Falk Richter.. Part II Under Ice.. Translated in cooperation with Goethe Institute by David Tushingham.. A RAW production in association with.. 5th January 2006.. UK Premiere.. 2nd August 2006,.. Edinburgh Festival Fringe.. Connect-Collect-Delay-Porn-Love-Service industries-Globalisation- Mediasation- Homogenisation-Downsize- Outsource-Disconnect.. Enter the groundless space of.. THE SYSTEM.. One of Germany s leading contemporary writers and directors,.. Falk Richter.. s double bill.. THE SYSTEM.. confronts you with a heightened sense of what it means to exist in a highly digitised, globalised consumer-society where everything and everyone seems to be speeding faster and faster towards an unknown goal.. Where human life is valued in profit margins and everyone is disposable.. Under Ice tells the story of Paul Niemand, a management consultant - too old to start again and too young to retire.. If efficiency and profit are the driving forces, Niemand knows his personal effectiveness ratings have dropped below acceptable levels and he s next to be rationalized.. His flight is closing, boarding has been completed.. but without him.. He stands still.. He freezes.. As he hurtles, deliriously, through the incomplete memories and fantasies that was his life the next generation is lurking, waiting for him to show a sign of weakness, waiting for the end of his career.. Once again director Rachel West of RAW is working in association with Project Arts Centre, combining a sublte use of multimedia with Richter s enigmatic text, which is underscored with original, commissioned music and video by Denis Clohessy and Martin Rottenkolber.. THE SYSTEM -Parts I II is shown in conjunction with a workshop and post show discussion with Falk Richter, an exclusive screening of Mark Bauder's documentary, Grow or Grow, and a performed reading by the ensemble of THE SYSTEM Part IV Hotel Palastine, in a specially commissioned translation by David Tushingham.. CAST:.. Adam Fergus, Phillip McMahon, Gary Murphy, Matthew Darcy (Dublin) and Jonathan Dorrian (Edinburgh).. Set.. Andrew Clancy.. Suzanne Cave.. Denis Clohessy.. Aedín Cosgrove.. Image design.. Nick Chloe.. Rob Usher, Tara Furlong, David Barnett, Aoife O Toole, Joe Stanley, Jeanine McCormick, and in Edinburgh, Clive Welsh, Phil Hunter, Gerry Balfe-Smyth, Little Seal.. For Project:.. Willie White, Niamh O Donnell David Quinlan, Dairne O Sullivan, Aisling McGrane, Annette Devoy, Kate McSweeney, Joseph Collins, Barbara Beck.. The universe of THE SYSTEM, the first two parts of  ...   designed with acute precision by Andrew Clancy and Suzanne Cave, and performed with terrific skill by an outstanding cast.. In Electronic City, Emma McIvor s astonishing fluency as the dominant member of the TV team and Orla Fitzgerald s wonderful command of different registers as she acts out her assigned role are utterly compelling.. Adam Fergus s rendition of the glib consultant in Under Ice is also memorable for the way it gradually pushes realism into preposterousness.. And West s deft control of the plays constant shifts of style and mood maintains a focus that is as sharp as it is unblinking.. Irish Times.. - Fintan O Toole.. Through a torrent of good writing, Falk Richter succeeds in re-freshing all the standard neo-Marxist arguments against our version of capitalism.. The excellent cast succeeds in articulating criticisms we all know, but have never condensed with such precision.. -Irish Examiner.. UNDER ICE IN EDINBURGH FESTIVAL FRINGE.. Existential stagnation is not easy to dramatise, but.. Beckett made a career of it, and this production from his native city, Dublin, tackles the play with confidence and intelligence, emphasising its bleak, absurdist humour and its underlying compassion.. As played by Gary Murphy, Niemand is a traumatised shell of a man, pouring out his despair in a blank-eyed, semi-conscious stream.. His stoic stillness stands in stark contrast to the slick, vigorous performances by Adam Fergus and Phillip McMahon as the two younger men.. All three give a spirited account of the wordy, partly abstract text.. Under Ice is directed with acuity and vision by Rachel West, who has worked closely with Richter in Berlin.. Her intelligent treatment of the drama is enhanced by a menacing electronic score by Denis Clohessy and a video backdrop of oppressive buildings and dreamy clouds by Martin Rottenkolber.. Richter drives his dystopian vision to its logical conclusion the eradication of humanity but leaves us clinging to the hope that this is satire, not prophecy.. The Scotsman.. - Andrew Burnet.. Awestruck is the best way to describe the audience at the UK premiere of Falk Richter's UNDER ICE.. The German playwright's finely crafted monologues, delivered here by a strong Irish cast, are intricately woven together in this gripping tale of Paul Niemand.. flitting between the hilarious and the harrowing, this slick, highly intelligent production will leave a lasting impression on those fortunate enough to catch it this year.. *****Three Weeks.. Photo-Gerry Balfe-Smyth..

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  • Title: Rachel West- director RAW Theatre company
    Descriptive info: David Barnett, lecturer of drama, UCD.. to View.. Part I Electronic City.. translated in cooperation with Goethe Institute by Marlene J.. Norst.. Irish Premiere 5th January 2006.. Enter the groundless space of THE SYSTEM.. One of Germany s leading contemporary writers and directors, Falk Richter s double bill THE SYSTEM confronts you with a heightened sense of what it means to exist in a highly digitised, globalised consumer-society where everything and everyone seems to be speeding faster and faster towards an unknown goal.. In.. Electronic City.. Part I of the double bill, Richter presents a.. neo-romantic love story.. incorporated in a multi-layered, reality TV documentary entitled The Life of Joy.. The heroine is global standby support in the airport service industry and she s desperately seeking, Tom, her George Clooney look-a-like, mid-level corporate executive.. Tom, however, has forgotten all his pin-codes and is trapped in the corridor of his Welcome Home hotel.. Without the technological support upon which his entire existence has become reliant, Tom slips into panic and psychosis.. Once again director Rachel West of  ...   Bauders documentary, Grow or Grow, and a performed reading by the ensemble of THE SYSTEM Part IV Hotel Palastine, in a specially commissioned translation by David Tushingham.. Adam Fergus, Orla Fitzgerald, Emma McIvor, Phillip McMahon, Kieran McBride.. Sound.. Denis Clohessy.. Aedín Cosgrove.. Martin Rottenkolber.. Rob Usher, Tara Furlong, Aoife O Toole, David Barnett, Joe Stanley, Jeanine McCormick, For Project: Willie White, Niamh O Donnell David Quinlan, Dairne O Sullivan, Aisling McGrane, Annette Devoy, Kate McSweeney, Joseph Collins, Barbara Beck.. Fintan O Toole.. THE SYSTEM is demanding material, and every member.. of the cast shines.. Tremendous credit to director Rachel West for shaping a production that is both vibrant and visceral.. Daily Ireland.. Shane Perez.. Electronic City is a digest of raving sociological, hysterical art-speak and haughty Guardian commentary.. It's delicious.. The excellent cast rises to the challenge.. Emma McIvor, in particular, as the writer/director figure has the bitter fluency to be a post-industrial Patti Smith.. This should be seen by more than the Project's natural audience.. Irish Independent.. -Brendan O'Carroll.. Photos - Martin Rottenkolber,.. Gerry Balfe-Smyth..

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  • Title: Rachel West- director RAW Theatre company
    Descriptive info: Tanja Auroris, a young journalist from Belgrade, in conversation with Rachel West.. Irish Times article-.. '.. Putting the horrors of the world on stage'.. FAMILY STORIES.. by Biljana Srbljanovic.. translated by Rebecca Rugg.. directed by Rachel West.. b*spoke.. theatre company production.. This Irish premiere was first presented in.. , 24th June 2005.. Family Stories,.. first performed in Belgrade in 1997, when Milosevic was still in power, uses the notion of child's play to create the same mixture of.. casual, cartoonish violence and nightmarish disturbance.. Srbljanovic picked up on the quality that makes children's drawings of war so eerie - the lack of explanation.. Kids don't have the filter of larger reasons.. They see what they see and understand what adults often don't - that it doesn't make sense.. Family Stories works like this.. It explains nothing and leaves the context unstated.. With adults playing children playing adults, we see guilt through the eyes of innocence, madness through the eyes of everyday survival.. Srbljanovic's play is rather unusual in the annals of political theatre in that it treats a conflict, not from within the culture of the victims, but from within the culture of the oppressors.. The four children who play out a series of related but not continuous scenes are Serbs.. If they and their creator were, for example, Bosnian Muslims, the indirect, angular style would probably, at this stage, be impossible.. Experiences would be too vivid, memories too raw.. In this sense, Family Stories probably gains as theatre what it lacks in political immediacy.. For a dissident Serb writing from within the poisonous hysteria of Milosevic's world, there is probably no choice but to be subtle, devious and disorienting..  ...   his wife and chief ideologue Mira Markovic.. But these are occasional splashes of primary colour in a much more muted pattern of political commentary.. ].. Nadezda, embodied in a fiercely physical performance by Mary Murray, who is both a traumatised child and a dog.. Chained as she often is to a dumpster, cowering and whimpering, she evokes the terrible violence against women that underpins Srbljanovic's tracing of the conflict to a warped sexuality.. The challenge of having adults playing children is, of course, the natural tendency of such a device to become winsome almost regardless of the tone and subject matter.. It's a challenge to which West and her cast rise superbly.. If anything, the humour and playfulness of the writing, which come across strongly in Rebecca Rugg's translation, are reined in a little too tightly - a very minor problem that stems from the overwhelming virtues of the production: its tact, intelligence, clarity and utter commitment.. Rachel West's production for B*spoke Theatre Company is as pared-back and uncompromising as the script.. Paul Keogan's smart set lines the floor with dirty cardboard and papers the walls with children's drawings of warplanes and bombed-out houses.. The four fine performers are committed and effective as they play the layers of the story[.. B*spoke and West are doing brave work here, trying to create a context for important European plays in a theatre culture whose politics are still very much defined by national issues.. ****The Guardian.. Karen Fricker.. Family Stories is an extremely sobering play [.. ] it picks the bones of nationalism until they shine with a nightmarish glow, and it is given a splendid production by b*spoke.. - Emer O'Kelly.. Photo-Amelia Stein..

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  • Title: Rachel West- director RAW Theatre company
    Descriptive info: Totul' poem.. as printed in progamme.. WINTER.. By Jon Fosse.. February 2005.. A man and a woman meet in a city park, a chance encounter that may transform their lives.. Intense, spare and poetic, this taut drama of emotional and sexual need bursts with the energy of thwarted communication.. Written by Norway's most celebrated and provocative playwright, this production is both the English language premiere of Winter and the Irish début of Fosse s work.. to listen to a review of Winter on.. RTE Radio One's.. 'Rattlebag'.. Arts programme.. Photos - Nick Chloe..

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  • Title: Rachel West- director RAW Theatre company
    Descriptive info: Theaterhaus Gessnerallee, Zurich.. MALFI.. Schaubuhne am Lehninerplatz, Berlin.. FLUCHTPUNKT.. MISTERMAN.. Münchner Kammerspiele.. ABEND IN CAPE COD.. THEATERHAUS GESSNERALLEE, ZÜRICH.. Festival der Jungen Talente,.. HOPE AND GLORY.. ,.. nach John Webster.. Premiere am 10.. April 2002.. In Zürich hat die irische Regisseurin Rachel West das Stück Malfi nach dem Shakespeare-Zeitgenossen John Webster im Theaterhaus Gessnerallee stilsicher in eine topmoderne Form gebracht.. Der Zuricher Oberländer.. , 04, 2002.. Die Geschichte ist allerdings nicht von heute, und umso mehr beeindrucken schauspielerische Leistungen, die das stellenweise fast vergessen mag, [.. ] auch dank den ansprechend stilisierten Kostümen (Sara Valentina Giancane) und vor allem der grosszügigen, cool gestylten Bühnenlandschaft (Ralk Käselau).. Zürichsee-Zeitung.. Rachel West, die Junge irische Regisseurin, eine Entdeckung im Umfeld der legendären Berliner Baracke, weggefährtin von Thomas Ostermeier, durchpflügt den Stoff wie einen Acker.. Sie reduziert die üppige Belegschaft auf acht Spieler und verlegt die Schauplätze Hof und Kirche in eine überdimensionale, blut-rote De-Sede-Leder-Wohnschaft, der Salontisch als Bett in den Massen eines Boxrings.. (.. ) Zudem streicht sie das im Original sechs- bis siebenstündige Drama auf 100 Minuten zusammen.. Das ist zum Ersten konsumentenfreundlich und zum Zweiten selbstbewusst.. ) Doch das Beste ist vielleicht- Die Regisseurin, souverän im Umfang mit dem weiten, hohen Raum, nachgerade professionall in  ...   Ulrich Seidler.. Flott inszeniert von der Irin Rachel West, bietet das Stück die ideale Mischung von Lovestory, Spiegeleien der alltäglichen Sumpfes und netten Pointen, bei denen dem Zuschauer das Lachen im Halse stecken bleibt.. Handlesblatt.. - Annegret Stein.. Die Irin Rachel West, Jahrgang 1972, inszenierte unsentimental, flott und fein ironisch die Tragikomik des hilflosen Häufchen Elends in seiner schmuddeligen Wohnküchen-welt, und es berührt unser Herz.. Die Welt.. von Enda Walsh.. Deutsch von Iain Galbraith.. Premiere am 1.. April 2000.. Ein fulminanten Schauspiel-solo.. Rheinische Post.. - Frank Dietschreit.. Am ende hat man das Gefühl, etwas zutiefst Irisches gesehen zu haben.. Entzückt aber auch benebelt, als hätte man pints von bitterem Guinness getrunken.. Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung.. - Verena Mayer.. Misterman ist ein poetischer Einsamkeitsmonolog, zugleich Protokoll einer Schizophrenie.. Die Stimmen der anderen sind nur durch Thomas und seinen Kassettenrekorder hörbar, für Tilo Werner Gelegenheit ein sanftes, berührendes Virtuosentum zu demonstrieren.. - Matthias Heine.. Ein Schmuckstück aus den Ritzen des Theaters, und man freut sich!.. Süddeutschezeitung.. -Christine Dössel.. Nominert in Theaterheute als Schauspieler des Jahres.. Der Spiegel.. - Wolfgang Hobel.. MÜNCHNER KAMMERSPIELE.. 2004.. von Maja das Gupta.. Mit:.. Julia Jentsch, Stefan Merki, Susanne Schroeder.. Malfi.. Read an interview with Rachel West on Malfi.. Fluchtpunkt.. Misterman.. Munich- Kammerspiele..

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  • Title: Rachel West- director RAW Theatre company
    Descriptive info: Trinity College Dublin,.. School of Drama.. PHAEDRA after Racine.. Tisch School of.. Performing Arts.. Tutoring.. Drama League of Ireland.. Summer School Courses.. By Frank McGuinness.. 4 March 2007.. Trinity College Dublin, School of Drama.. and.. Film Studies.. presents the final year acting students in the Irish premiere of Frank McGuinness s version of.. PHAEDRA,.. after Racine.. , directed by Rachel West.. Kelly Gough, Maud Hendricks, Dearbhla McGuinness, Rob Mc Dermott, Jenn Murray, Barry O Connor, Bernie O Reilly, Michael Winder.. Andrew Lennon, Anna Cunningham, Sinead Cuthbert, Michael Canney, Denis Clohessy, Chelsea Hoffman.. COMPANY.. Rebecca Frere, Francis Thackaberry, Jessica Cunningham.. The empathy of the cast for their roles is complete and rewarding, and the spare and imaginative set design by Anna Cunningham and Andrew Lennon provides and effective area for their work.. Rachel  ...   of the Performing Arts.. NYU, New York.. Summer School Courses 2007, University of Limerick.. Contemporary European writers.. with.. Rachel West.. For Actors with some Experience and Directors who are prepared to act.. How does theatre reflect the way we live today? Who are the new playwrights that tackle the issues of modern Europe? Just as Sean Oí Casey, John B.. Keane and Harold Pinter posed questions on social issues modern European writers do the same.. Using texts from contemporary European writers Rachel West will reveal the answers to questions presented in modern work that engages and excites modern audiences.. The students will explore political, social and global issues in plays and how to perform and interpret these issues to a 21st century audience in an electrifying and moving fashion.. Photos Emma Haugh..

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  • Title: Rachel West- director RAW Theatre company
    Descriptive info: DOWNLOAD.. Curriculum Vitae.. LebensLauf.. Biography in Word doc format.. studied German and drama at Trinity College.. She spent eight years living and working in Germany.. During her time as assistant director at the.. Schaubühne am Lehniner Platz, Berlin.. , she directed.. Misterman.. by Enda Walsh,.. Alles.. In einer Nacht.. by Falk Richter,.. by Jessica Goldberg and several staged readings.. As a free-lance director she has also worked for.. Theaterhaus Gessneralle, Zürich.. ,.. Schauspiel Frankfurt.. and since her return to Ireland, at.. , where she directed the Irish premieres of.. Winter.. by  ...   recently,.. Splendour.. by Abi Morgan.. She was.. director of European Stages.. for the.. Dublin Theatre Festival.. 2002/2003, curator for the Irish season at the 2004.. Autorenfestival in Heidelberg.. Biennale in Wiesbaden.. She has tutored and directed acting students from.. The Tish School of Arts.. NYU.. Samuel Beckett Centre.. TCD.. She has directed readings for B*spoke, Fishamble and The Abbey and has translated several texts from English to German including plays by.. Vincent Woods.. Enda Walsh.. Conor McPherson.. To download photo,.. right-click and select.. 'Save Image' option.. Download a high-res.. (printable) photo.. HERE..

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  • Title: Rachel West- director RAW Theatre company
    Descriptive info: RACHEL WEST.. rachelannawest@hotmail.. com.. Mobile:00353 (0)877455098..

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