rock paper scissors
by Olga Nikora
Roma and Mihai are brothers sharing a tiny south London flat. They fight about everything. Food. Girlfriends. Drinking. Parents. The only thing they don’t fight about is that neither wants to be known as a Romanian gypsy.
rock paper scissors explores kinship and identity, and asks when do we stop being children and when do we stop playing games.
“I’m not a nobody. I been here ten years. This is my home. I’m a local. Everyone back in Romania is real proud of me…I’m a legend there, I am.”
rock paper scissors was part of Write Now 6, and was directed by Kate Bannister.
rock paper scissors is Olga’s first full length play to be performed for a two week run at Brockley Jack studio. Previously, Olga’s first play Tightrope Bonnie was shortlisted for the Verity Bargate Award and the Royal Court Young Writers Festival. Her short play Then They Came For Me was performed as part of a student scratch night at Greenwich Theatre, London.
Olga has had a number of play readings in London, these include: David (Hackney Attic at the Hackney Picture House, dir. Eleanor Barr), Doi Frati (Lyric Hammersmith Theatre), Everyman (Soho Theatre, dir. Josh Roche), In the Company of Strangers (Soho Theatre Hub Night, dir. Dan Herd), Tightrope Bonnie (Soho Theatre, dir. Dan Herd), Don’t Shoot, I’m an Accountant! (Actors Centre, London), selected for the Plays with Words event (dir.Tamara Felisa Micner). Olga’s play To The Free was shortlisted for the New York Mass Rhetoric: A New Works Festival, USA. Her play Stroika, was shortlisted as a finalist for the Adam New Zealand Play Competition. Olga has been a selected member of the Soho Six with a seed commission at Soho Theatre. Olga has also studied law and economics in Italy and New Zealand. Olga has a strong passion for screenwriting. Her screenplay The Big Blind was the finalist in the Sir Peter Ustinov Screenwriting contest, USA. Her TV comedy pilot How to Make Money was a finalist in the Final Draft Big Break Screenwriting contest, USA. Olga’s script, Leave to Remain, reached the finalist stage of Scriptroom 4 at the BBC writersroom. Currently, she has a short film in development with Golden Lane Films.