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Sneak peak into the rehearsal room with a video made by The Rap Up



Ardel, Joan and Iona – three strangers on the hunt for something different – meet at arrivals before the 2349 mile journey to…nope, can’t say it…well, you know…ugh fine…TO FIND THEMSELVES.

To take an extended look on the bright side, to appreciate the little pockets of sunshine in the rain, and to chase their joy…whatever that is. Running head first into the new and unexpected, they discover that sometimes you need to go the distance to find what was there all along. If you only knew to look…

Co-created by Soho Six’s Safaa Benson-Effiom (Til Death Do Us Part, Theatre 503) and Brigitte Adela (Wakes, The Bunker), The Pursuit of Joy is about how sometimes you need to go through the deepest darkness to get to the light on the otherside.


Ardel - Razak Osman

Iona - Antonia Layiwola

Joan - Tia Dunn


Writer - Safaa Benson-Effiom

Director - Brigitte Adela

Sound Designer - Emily Rose Simons

Lighting Designer - Catja Hamilton

Choreographer - Emily Robinson

Stage Manager - Summer Keeling

All shows were captioned using Difference Engine


Photos by Jack Sain

"Under the direction of Brigitte Adela, the play cleverly creates the feel of the different destinations we encounter on a minimalist stage using a few props and some distinctive sounds and lighting. Along with some simple and effective transitions, crucially these create a definite sense of travel which is core to the storytelling and the enjoyment of the overall piece... Executed skillfully" 

London Pub Theatres

"This new work from Safaa Benson-Effiom handles grief, fear, and anxiety, with clever use of multi-roling, voiceover, visual symbolism, and accessible storytelling."

Everything Theatre

"An enjoyable and life-affirming story"

The Arts Dispatch

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