Virtual Reality  

by Kalungi Ssebandeke

Directed by Rosanna Preston

Wednesday 23rd - Saturday 26th February, 2022

At the Tower Theatre, Stoke Newington

Part of the Tower's Spring Forward season - four short plays published by Nick Hern Books, the others being PMQ by Ella Hickson, Ursa Major by Joe White and Baby Dolls by Tamara von Werthern.

Photography by Pete O'Shea

Cast List

Rita : Oyinka Yusuff
Kasujja : Lare Oyefusi

Production Team

Director : Rosanna Preston
Set Design : Kristina McCormick
Lighting Design : Stephen Ley
Costume Design : Sheila Burbidge
Sound Design : Feiyang Yang

Stage Manager : Ana Albuquerque
Assistant Director : Clair Alexander


For Nick Hern Shorts

Movement Director : Nevena Stojkov
Assistant Stage Manager : Rowena Cordrey
Lighting Operator : Jonathan Ringshall
Director Mentors : Simona Hughes, Angharad Ormond and Ruth Sullivan
Set Mentors : Jude Chalk and Philip Ley
Lighting Mentor : Stephen Ley
Costume Mentor : Shiela Burbidge
Sound Mentor : Colin Guthrie
Stage Manager Mentor : Laura Corkell
Props Mentor : Jean Carr

Oyinka Yusuff
Oyinka Yusuff is a graduate of St Mary’s University where she studied Drama & English BA joint Hons. Her theatre credits include Juniper Manor, Soultown Mansion, Love What Is The Answer (Catford Broadway), Hit Chicks (Talawa Theatre), The Dry Nation (Utopia) and ongoing script development readings (Young Vic), Dutty Wine (Arcola), We Are People Too (One Woman Play at Arcola) and Chance of Rain (Etcetera Theatre). Screen credits include Guerrilla Sky (Sky Atlantic, HBO), Humans (Channel 4), TV lead debut in TV Footballers (BENTV) and Don’t Enter (Essex Visual Arts). TV commercials include Greggs, Hitachi, Halifax, British Airways, BT & Cancer Research. Radio plays include Family First. Oyinka has strong influences from Essex where she is based and from Nigeria, her heritage. This is her second production for the Tower having appeared in Mules last year.
  Lare Oyefusi
Lare Oyefusi joined the Tower Theatre in 2022. He is currently training at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama having previously graduated with BA Hons from the the University of Cambridge where he appeared in numerous productions at the ADC Theatre and Corpus Playroom. Alongside acting, Lare is also a playwright and screenwriter who is currently studying a performance writing diploma at Cambridge University and workshopping a play on Soho Theatres 2021 Writer’s Lab.
Rosanna Preston
Rosanna Preston appeared as Mrs. Jarrett in the Tower's recent production of Escaped Alone, her fifth acting role at the Tower Theatre after joining the company for Henry V. Rosanna has since played Mrs Higgins in Pygmalion, Edith in Rules for Living and Christabel in Census Night. Rosanna also acted in and directed performances during the Virtual Tower seasons. Elsewhere Rosanna helped to create and performed in This Play Will Solve Climate Change (White Bear Theatre and City Lit) and has played at Theatro Technis, Baron’s Court Theatre and other venues. Rosanna directed Visitors for the Woodhouse Players and Hard to Find for Stokey Lit Fest and recently filmed the role of Charlotte in the TV series Psyched (in production).