Evlyne Oyedokun on the success of E15

Newly signed to the Winterson’s books is Evlyne Oyedokun, a recent RADA graduate who has already achieved strong success with E15. The play tells the story of 29 singles mothers affected by the Newham housing crisis of 2013 and was strongly praised when it appeared at the Edinburgh Festival in August. We asked Evelyne ‘4 Quick Questions’ on making the transition from recent Grad to immediate success.

You recently signed with Winterson’s: what inspired you to make that choice over other agents and could you talk to us a bit about how that whole process of finding the right agent coming out of drama school works?
Winterson’s was the first agency to offer me representation. They seemed so excited to meet me and made me feel so welcome and relaxed. Niki and Faye believed in me and I think that’s what made me want to be with them from the start.

Niki kept her books open for me for 6 months  so I was able to have meeting with other agents. I really appreciated this as it helped me to get to know what different agents are like and if they were right for me. That is important when starting straight out of drama school because you need an agent who you can easily and freely communicate with. RADA was very supportive and always there if I needed advice. And with the help and guidance from my Tutor I knew Winterson’s was always the right one for me from the start.

You’ve already had rave reviews with E15 this year. Could you tell us a little bit about screen-shot-2016-10-12-at-16-08-02that show please and where it’s headed next?
Yes, E15 is a play about the stories of 29 singles mums who’ve been affected by the housing crisis in Newham of 2013 and there battle with the government and police to keep their homes. Its a political verbatim piece which gives these vulnerable young people a chance to be heard on a wider scale to a variety of people who may have no idea about the housing crisis or the severity of it.

A lot of vulnerable people are being forced to move outside of London by the council and having their estates knocked down to build more private housing. This type of  theatre inspires and helps to provoke change, which is important. It effects the lives of so many people. We’re currently touring the play regionally with BAC and doing CTN workshops with people in the community. The play is due to come to London early next year.

What would you like to do more of now you have graduated? Is it television? Is it stage? What particular types of production are you interested in?
I would love to get myself stuck into some filming.  I have loved filming ever since I did my first short film at RADA. I think that’s the route I would love to head down next if I’m blessed with that opportunity.

Finally as a ‘young performer’ as it were, how important is it to embrace new and emerging types of technology like digital and social, to try and engage a wider audience?
I think it’s so important to keep up to date with all the technical changes that are happening. It’s difficult though, I find these new software and social apps quite confusing but I’m hoping eventually I will get a handle on it. I recently made a twitter account, my teacher, just before I graduated, told me I should get on Twitter as soon as possible so I made sure that was one of the first things I did.