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Shaun Mason in Stop and Search at the Arcola Theatre

Shaun Mason in Stop and Search
Shaun Mason in Stop and Search

Arcola Theatre in association with Maya Ellis presents the world premiere of Stop and Search, from award-winning writer Gabriel Gbadamosi. Opening on 14th January and running through to 9th February 2019.

Artistic Director of the Arcola Mehmet Ergen directs Munashe Chirisa (Akim), Tyler Luke Cunningham (Lee), David Kirkbride (Tone), Shaun Mason (Tel) and Jessye Romeo (Bev).

Shaun Mason comments to LondonTheatre1.com

When you first saw the script of Stop and Search – what were your initial thoughts?
I really enjoyed the script. I loved how strong the characters were. I loved how the connection between the characters gradually unfolded during the play.

What made you feel that you wanted to be a part of this production?
The character of Tel is really appealing. He has such manic energy and his train of thought constantly changes. His relationship with Akim is really interesting.

You play the part of Tel – can you tell us about the character and his ‘journey’ in the play?
Tel is a criminal from London who is driving from Monte Carlo to Calais to get the ferry back to London. He picks up Akim during the way, initially in the hope that he would keep him awake. Tel reveals a lot about his actions and emotional state to Akim as the journey progresses.

What is the message at the heart of the production?
I struggle to think of one message as I feel the production touches on a lot of present-day issues.

Why should everyone get along to see Stop and Search?
To see some new writing that addresses current issues.

What next for you in 2019
As an actor, nothing yet coming up. See what happens.


Shaun Mason plays Tel. His theatre credits include One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Romeo and Juliet (Sheffield Theatres), All’s Well That Ends Well (Shakespeare’s Globe), Oliver Twist (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre), Black Lives Black Words (Bush Theatre), Feed the Beast (Birmingham Rep/New Wolsey Theatre), A Clockwork Orange (Citizens Theatre), Macbeth, Billy Wonderful (Liverpool Everyman), A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Council Depot Blues (Liverpool Royal Court). His television credits include Snatch, Cilla and Good Cop.

Arcola Theatre in association with Maya Ellis present
The World Première of
By Gabriel Gbadamosi
Directed by Mehmet Ergen
Set Design: Eleanor Bull; Lighting Design: Richard Williamson; Sound Design: Daniel Balfour

Arcola Theatre
24 Ashwin Street, Dalston, London E8 3DL


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