Three friends are getting ready for a night out. The music is intoxicating, they start to dance. It’s so good, they might stay a little longer…

Duration: 60 minutes

Inspired by 90s and early 2000s sitcoms, DONUTS is divided into three parts:

COLD OPEN

A Cold Open is a short mini-act at the beginning of the show, before the opening credits, that is used to set up the episode and catch the audience's attention. Cold opens can operate as a stand-alone prologue, a setup for a sequence of events, or as a teaser of what’s to come. Sitcoms have employed the use of Cold Opens not only to reintroduce you to characters you already know and love, but often to explore comedy sketch ideas not long enough for a full episode. Examples of these include:

  • The ‘Backstreet Boys’ scene from the Brooklyn Nine Nine episode DFW (Episode 17, Season 5)
  • The 'Who wants to make five dollars' opening the Malcolm in the Middle episode Waterpark (Episode 16, Season 1)

PART 1

TV is often formulaic and full of tropes, whether it’s the ‘will they, won’t they’ relationship, whether it’s a character in a hospital suddenly ripping an IV out of their arm or the distressed character cutting their own hair off to signify an emotional change. But none is more over-used than the stock grand finale. One character is suddenly moving on and after responding most likely in anger and denial, the group of characters stands around an empty living room, or their favourite bar, indicating that this will be the last time they’re all together… touching conversations where they can reminisce ensue. Examples of these include:

  • Zach Braff/JD moving to a new hospital, signifying the impending end of Scrubs in the episode My Chief Concern (Episode 17, Season 8)
  • Abed and Annie reveal they are leaving Greendale in the series finale of Community, titled Emotional Consequences of Broadcast Television (Episode 13, Season 6)

PART 2

After a main character gets explicitly written out of a story, we often never see them again. This trope is about when they return once again, to work with the current main characters. This can work several ways: we may get to find out what they've been up to, and then they go back to whatever it was; or it's used as a way to advance their character development even though they're no longer on the show. Examples of these include:

  • Michael returns for Angela and Dwight’s wedding in the series finale of The Office. (Episode 24, Season 9)
  • Eric suddenly returning from Africa in the series finale of That 70’s Show, titled That 70’s Finale (Episode 22, Season 8)

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Two plus sized dancers wearing varying skin toned, body hugging shorts and bras, stand at a ballet bar. They stare out towards us, asking us to question what we see.

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Cast & Creatives

Choreographer: Jamaal Burkmar
Dancers:
Maya Carroll, Iolanda Portogallo, Dorna Ashory
Understudy:
Sophie Thomas

Lighting Design: Barnaby Booth
Costumes & Set Design:
Rebecca Bevan
Production Manager:
Seth Rook-Williams
Technical Stage Manager:
Fergus Waldron
Edinburgh Fringe Technical Stage Manager Chloe Forestier-Walker
Photography & Videography:
Genevieve Reeves
Company Producer:
Treacle Holasz | Maternity Cover: Zöe Grain
Music:
Jameszoo

Co-produced by The Place. Co-commissioned by The Place, DanceXchange, Warwick Arts Centre. Supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.

Biographies

Extended Play

In 2019, Choreographer Jamaal Burkmarand Producer Treacle Holaszcame together to create Extended Play, with the aim of bringing high quality dance directly from the stage to people, in a way that can adapt and inspire and instigate change.

Extended Play is known for embracing digital culture, with their JUKEBOXReels series, available on Instagram as well as more traditional theatre, sight specific and online performances. Since forming, the company has presented work at Birmingham International Dance Festival, The V&A and is supported by The Place and Arts Council England.

Jamaal Burkmar | Choreographer

Jamaal Burkmaris an internationally award-winning choreographer whose first creation was as a second year student at the Northern School for Contemporary Dance (NSCD) where he created a piece entitled Ocean. The piece gained critical acclaim, and was performed around the North until it became the first and only undergraduate commissioned for VERVE, the postgraduate company at NSCD. The success of this piece led to Jamaal being awarded the highly prestigious ‘New Adventures Choreography Award’. He has since been commissioned by and received support from the Dance Hub in Birmingham, Leeds Dance Partnership, Phoenix Dance Theatre, Mobius Dance, and more. Jamaal's work has a strong relationship to music and sits in many spaces, outdoor, theatrical and online. Jamaal Burkmar is currently a Work Place Artist at The Place.

Maya Carroll | Dancer

Maya Carollgraduated from the Northern School of Contemporary Dance with a First Class BPA (Hons) degree in 2018. Maya continued her training with Verve, the postgraduate performance company at the Northern School of Contemporary Dance, graduating with a Distinction as well as being awarded the ‘Overall Achievement in Professional Practice Award’ for her year in the company. Throughout her training, Maya had the opportunity to work with artists such as Ben Wright, Maxine Doyle, Joan Clevillé, Noa Zuk, Jamaal Burkmar (Extended Play Dance) Ben Duke, Gavin Coward and Francesco Scavetta. Since graduating, Maya has worked as a freelance dancer in projects with a variety of artists including Jamaal Burkmar (Extended Play Dance), Petri Delights for Resolutions 2020, Douglas Thorpe (Mad Dogs Dance) and Rod Dixon (Red Ladder Theatre Company), Matthew Robinson, Night People Events as well as Wilhelmina Ojanen and Amy Voris as a part of Mobius Dance.

Iolanda Portpgallo | Dancer

Born in Italy,Iolanda Portogallo’spassion for dance began at an early age. Graduated from Northern School of Contemporary Dance in 2019, she had the oppurtunity of training with amazing dancers and perform works by Vinicius Salles, Sharon Watson and Jake McKernan. While in her third year, Iolanda started working with Mobius Dance and she is currently working with Extended Play, directed by Jamaal Burkmar. Iolanda is also one of the former of NORTHVIBES, providing improvisation classes and events around Leeds. Prior to this she undertook pre-professional training at the Accademia Internazionale Coreutica in Florence, studying ballet and contemporary technique.

Dorna Ashory | Dancer

Dorna Ashoryis a London-based dance artist. She completed her A-Levels at The BRIT School andthen went on to study at London Contemporary Dance School, graduating with a BA (Hons)degree. She then joined thepost-graduate company,VERVE, under the artistic direction ofMatthew Robinson and in 2019 she completed her Mastersat Northern School of ContemporaryDance. Since then Dorna has worked with James Cousins, Grace Nicol, and Maxine Doyle.

Barnaby Booth | Lighting Design

Barnaby Booth is a lighting designer and choreographer. His lighting credits include work for DeNada Dance Theatre/Carlos Pons Guerra, Sita Ostheimer, Jamaal Burkmar/Extended Play, Wilhelmina Ojanen, Abbott Dance Company, Unholy Mess Theatre Company, Feet Off the Ground Dance, Northern Rascals, Northern Ballet, Mavin Khoo, Ieva Kuniskis, Tora Hed and Mala Kline. A graduate of the Northern School of Contemporary Dance (NSCD) and the Salzburg Experiemntal Academy of Dance (SEAD), he has choreographed for English National Opera, has contributed choreography to short films and music videos and is an associate artist of TRAK dance Ensemble (Austria). His independent work has gained him awards and critical acclaim, whilst his commissions include Los Little Guys (US/Mexico), Folkwang Tanzstudio (Germany), Dantzaz Dance Company (Spain), Verve (UK), Northern School of Contemporary Dance (UK), Roehampton University (UK) and Bodhi Project (Austria).

Rebecca Bevan | Costume and Set Design

Becky Bevanhas completed LAMDA gold in drama and is particularly excited about working on productions with a strong narrative and high energy. Since graduating Wimbledon College Of Art, where she achieved a BA Hons in Theatre Design, she has worked on various productions including the show DONUTS. Becky has been working as the set and costume designer for this innovative production since June and has thoroughly enjoyed every moment. As an enthusiastic and outgoing designer, she feels that working within a dance production has encouraged her to explore the creative field and expand her knowledge within the industry. She is thankful for all the support and advice she has been given during the process, the knowledge and confidence that she has gained is invaluable and she will use it to better her work and continue her journey as a designer.

Seth Rook-Williams | Production Manager

Operating mainly in dance and theatre, Seth Rook-Williamscollaborates with directors, choreographers, designers, producers, and multi-disciplinary artists in the making, and touring of work across Europe, and the world. People and companies Seth has recently worked with include Hilde Ingeborg Sandvold, Igor x Moreno, Simone Moussett, Duckworth & Persson, Nastassja Simensky, Alberto Ruiz & William Fairbrother, & Barely Methodical Troupe. Seth studied at Wimbledon College of Art, University of the Arts London.

Fergus Waldron | Technical Stage Manager

Fergus Waldron is a touring theatre technician & sound designer who learnt through osmosis in English fringe theatre in Brussels where he was raised. Tours include: Le Pain (JD Broussé), Civilisation (Antler Theatre), In Other Words (Off The Middle), Ventoux (2Magpies Theatre), The Last of the Pelican Daughters & Education Education Education (Wardrobe Ensemble) the latter of which had a month at Trafalgar Studios, Bromance (Barely Methodical Troupe), Cathy (Cardboard Citizens), Journey to the Impossible & Derailed & The Ingenious Gentleman Don Quixote de la Mancha (Little Soldier Productions) and The Table (Blind Summit) which toured internationally. Sound designs include: Citizen Puppet (Blind Summit) which won a Fringe First in 2015. Casualties (Gris to the Mill, Park Theatre) & Henry V (Theatre Delicatessen, Marylebone Gardens) both Off West End Award nominated. Other credits include Production Managing BEAT (Igor+Moreno), Blink (Emergency Exit Arts) an outdoor touring art installation, Larisa & the Merchants (InSite Performance, Arcola), Bush Bazaar (Theatre Delicatessen, Bush Theatre) and Stage Managing Third Man & Bugsy Malone (Secret Cinema).

The Place

The Place, London’s creative powerhouse for dance development, has been leading the way in dance training, creation and performance for 50 years. In a changing landscape, our vision for the future remains steadfast: We are powering imagination through dance, championing new ideas, embracing risks and creating a dance ecosystem unlike any other in the world, with optimal conditions for dance artists and enthusiasts to realise their full potential. The Place is home to London Contemporary Dance School, an extensive theatre and artist development programme, education projects, a range of classes and courses and a nationwide touring model. As a pioneering dance organisation, we are committed to creating no-barriers access to exciting dance experiences and opportunities for everybody, offering a diverse and dynamic theatre programme for audiences, empowering artists and dance makers and giving young people access to the highest quality opportunities to touch their lives with dance.