Tuesday, 23 September 2014

Nuff Said?

Outside of Africa, who are we?  African?  Caribbean?  Black British?  African American?  African diaspora?
Do our voices, internal or external, truly express our heritage and experience?
Nuff Said? is an arts installation project which combines animation, archive and multi-media to consider the mind, body and voice of African descendants through history.   The project brings together a new group of artists to zigzag, coast, prod, and illuminate the social history of the African Diaspora.

Nuff Said? Are Looking for a female actor who can perform with an authentic Jamaican accent for a voiceover recording of 'Ta Rahtid’ written by Sol B River, first performed at Young Vic in 1996.

The voiceover will be used as part of an arts installation which will incorporate animation, film, photography and archive, to be delivered in Loughborough Junction, Brixton, in October.

Actor will be required on 29th & 30th September.   Rehearsal and familiarisation with script on 29th, recording in studio on Tuesday 30th September.

Fee:  £200

Please contact Lara Samuels by email with CV and contact details.

Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Original Voices

ITV's flagship show Coronation Street are running Original Voices, an ITV project for BAME (Black, Asian, Minority Ethnic) writing talent based in the North West of England.

Original Voices will offer up to four writers an opportunity to work in the story department and then write a trial script.   The writers' time in the story department and time writing the trial script will be paid.   Original Voices are keen to reach talented writers who might not feel they have access to mainstream shows.   

Application criteria: Supporting information:

  • Location - applicants need to have a permanent address in the North West (Granada region)
  • Script and CV - please send a 30-90 script (radio/telly/film/stage) and a short biog/CV 
All writers will get a script report, regardless of whether or not they make it to the next stage. 

Entries close at the end of September 2014 
Email for details (enquiries and applications)

Wednesday, 13 August 2014


The office suddenly became very empty as the TYPT team decamped to the Embassy Theatre. We miss the creative energy and buzz the team brought to us every day as they rehearsed in our studio. 

Tickets for LIE WITH ME are starting to shift. If you haven't already got yours, please do.

LIE WITH ME is a show like no other, fast, furious, physical, funny – pure dramatic theatre.

LIE WITH ME: What happens when all the promises you make to yourself and others are broken? Who can you really trust?

Talawa Theatre Company's TYPT 14 production, LIE WITH ME
In a surreal hospital, twisted scenarios cause group dynamics to crumble in the face of betrayal. Physical theatre and a haunting soundscape combine to create an evening of powerful drama.

Come and see LIE WITH ME, a piece of brand new theatre.

14 - 16 August - Show starts 7.30pm (doors open 7pm)
The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, Embassy Theatre, London, NW3
Tickets - £8 / £6: BOOK: www.ticketsource.co.uk/talawa
Phone box office: 0333 666 3366
BSL signed show Sat 16 August

Wednesday, 6 August 2014

Week 3: A picture forms

Entering week 3 and we're finally getting to see the structure of our final piece. 

Slowly but surely things are coming together. Admittedly, a few of us were worried about whether we would be able to get a good show together in the little time we had, but soon realised that we just had to trust the awesomeness of our creative team. And an awesome team they really are. Bit by bit we are being introduced to our props and set, things couldn't get any more exciting! They probably will though! *scream*

Being pushed every single day with ruthless circuit training to build up our stamina is one of the many things I didn't expect to encounter but very glad I did. 

From day 1, we were told that this would be a very physical show; we could need to go from a scene to a physical sequence possibly with some dialogue intertwined then back into a scene all looking as effortless as walking down the street. Okay, maybe slightly more effort, but you get the picture.

One of the aspects of this process I am really loving is simply getting to know and becoming friends with my fellow cast members, an amazing group of people all who bring their own special spice to the mix. Initially, this doesn't seem like a very crucial ingredient to putting on a successful production but it's surprising how much of a difference actually liking the people you're working with makes. Who knew?!

I still find myself trying to pinpoint exactly what I did in the audition to make the Talawa team pick me ahead of the many other talented performers I witnessed, but I'm just immensely grateful that they did. 

TYPT is such an incredible opportunity! Once this process is over I will be filled with such melancholy (sorry for the dramatics, I just wanted to slip in my favorite word!) although proud that I was a part of something so magnificent and finally honored that I can now associate myself with the small, but feisty force that is Talawa Theatre Company.

Everyone who comes to see the show is sure to be in for a treat (maybe even a trick or two if you're lucky).

Watch this space!

Angelina Chudi

Wednesday, 30 July 2014

Michael Buffong in The Stage

Our Artistic Director Michael Buffong recently shared his thoughts with The Stage, discussing the whole question of diversity in drama and what was holding people back and defining a possible solution.

Have a look at what he had to say (click the image to see a larger version).

TYPT:14 - Lie With Me

Talawa’s TYPT:14 production, LIE WITH ME, will play at The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama’s Embassy Theatre from 14 - 16 august 2014.

LIE WITH ME has been devised by an energetic team of young theatre makers working collaboratively with an experienced Director and creative team.   Over four weeks of intensive rehearsal and exploration, but no script, a brand new piece of high quality theatre emerges.  

  • Find out how this story of duplicity, betrayal and loyalty plays out through vivid storytelling and thrilling acrobatics: BOOK NOW

Wednesday, 2 July 2014

Talawa Firsts Reviewed

We've been really pleased by the positive reactions to Talawa Firsts from audiences and press.   The feedback is a real tribute to the hard work put in by everyone, our writers, casts, directors, off stage crews and stage manager.   Here are a few samples of what was said and written:

"It’s wonderful that Talawa Firsts presents such a supportive and creative environment for new writing to emerge and develop; I would love to see Normal staged fully at a larger venue and I’m sure its adeptly woven tapestry of strong characters and voices will take it far."
A Younger Theatre Reviewing NORMAL by Theresa Ikoko

"With no props or set to hide behind, it’s the force of the story and the actors’ commitment that propel ‘BlackTop Sky’."
Afropean reviewing BLACKTOP SKY by Christina Anderson

"An exciting new addition to Britain’s wealth of playwrights, Sabo Kpade’s ability to open up lesser known characters and communities to a range of audiences is worth investing in."
Afridiziak reviewing HAVE MERCY ON LIVERPOOL STREET by Sabo Kpade

"No God No Girls is a witty, intuitive and provocative piece which raises many questions about the relationships in our own lives."
Afridziak reviewing NO GOD NO GIRLS by Karla Williams

"a rich, intensely focussed, solo 'tour-de-force' ; 'Breaking Bad in Bradford', if you will(!) ... The transitions are fluid, and each of the characters seem both familiar and, at the same time, unique; this is as much a testament to Hercules' insightful writing, as to his acting ability."
Afridiziak reviewing PRISON GAME by Marcus Hercules