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

TYPT:14 is here!

19 years ago TYPT was born. TYPT is Talawa Theatre Company's flagship programme for emerging theatre makers aged 18-25 years old. TYPT is now a fixture in London's theatre scene. Why?   

Creative processes are aligned with fresh participants aged 18-25, both on and off stage, who work with an experienced Director to devise a piece of theatre from the ground up - there is no script. Over four weeks of intensive rehearsals the TYPT company work together to develop their practice, test ideas and explore new ways of working.   The results are always exciting. 

This year's TYPT production will be the 20th - an enduring testament to Talawa's commitment to enabling new BAME voices to be heard. We are also really pleased that our long standing association with the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama is going from strength to strength and will premiere the TYPT:14 production at their Embassy Theatre in Hamsptead from 14-16 August 2014 - tickets will be made available soon.

TYPT:14 Director - Ola Animashawun
Ola is a part-time associate director at the Royal Court theatre, as well as a presenter, compere and producer. Ola is a co-founder of the playwriting consultancy Euphoric Ink. We're really pleased to have someone of Ola's calibre working with our participants to devise a new piece of theatre for TYPT:14.

TYPT:14 Participants
Angelina Chudi; Anthony Simpson-Pike; Antonia Jay; Damilola Fashola; Deborah Oyelade; George Oluyinka; Hassan Govia; Obi Obiora; Tristan Fynn-Aiduenu.

TYPT's magic formula has a lot to do with it's enduring success, as this video story explains.   

Wednesday, 25 June 2014

Have Mercy on Liverpool Street

Sabo Kpade's debut play Have Mercy on Liverpool Street is directed by Kobna Holdbrook-Smith and features a strong cast giving their all in this hilarious, affectionate and at times shocking look at the interwined lives of a community living near Liverpool Street. The cast features Shola Adewusi, Delroy Atkinson, Demi Oyediran, Paapa Essiudu, Stephanie Yamson and Jonathan Livingstone.

Have Mercy on Liverpool Street has sold out.   We had the privilege of sitting in on rehearsals and took some snaps.   Here they are, a foretaste of what's to come this evening.

Tuesday, 17 June 2014

My Darling Wife

Astonishingly powerful, bleak and unflinchingly brutal at times, My Darling Wife charts the troubled waters of an abusive relationship, as husband and wife prepare for the birth of their baby.   My Darling Wife is written by Isaac Ssebandeke and directed by Daniel Bailey.

The show has SOLD OUT and we have no extra capacity.   For those lucky enough to have tickets, you're in for a treat.   Here are some pictures from the rehearsal.

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Thursday, 5 June 2014

TalawaFirsts 2014 - Meet the Team

Last Friday we had the enormous privilege of hosting the writers and directors of TalawaFirsts. New dramatists like Theresa Ikoko, Isaac Ssebandeke and Sabo Kpade met the directors who will be working with them and the Talawa Theatre Company team.   The Directors are Madeleine Kludje, Daniel Bailey and Kobna Holdbrook Smith. Here are some pictures of the event.   Book your tickets and come and see some of the amazing work.

Talawa Firsts 2014
TalawaFirsts 2014

Wednesday, 7 May 2014

Hamlet Asylum Seeker

We worked on a R&D presentation of Hamlet Asylum Seeker last week, a play combining aerial acrobatics with drama.   Over four days of intensive rehearsal at the National Centre for Circus Arts our cast learned the script and worked out how to handle the circus style acrobatics as well as workshop the nuances of their character and dynamics between their roles, no easy task in such a short time.

It was our great pleasure to work in association with Bandbazi Productions and Kindred Minds as well as a remarkable group of actors.   This collaborative project is something new for all of us, and the results were fantastic.  

A small number of guests were invited, mainly people interested in theatre, venues and fellow theatre producers.   A short Q&A followed the presentation.   The feedback was overwhelmingly positive.   Keep an eye out for more news on Hamlet Asylum Seeker.   In the meantime, here's a gallery of pictures from the presentation of Hamlet Asylum Seeker.

Tuesday, 6 May 2014

Talawa Firsts 2014

Talawa Firsts is a unique Talawa Theatre Company programme to develop diverse writers, directors and actors and is curated by Talawa Theatre Company’s Artistic Director Michael Buffong.
Talawa Firsts presents the best of upcoming Black British talent to commissioners and opens up opportunities and activities in theatre, television and film, driving equality in the arts and the arts workforce.
Save the date: Talawa Firsts will take place from 9th to 27th of June 2014.   We have an amazing set of Directors, Kobna Holdbrook Smith, Daniel Bailey and Madeliene Kludje as well as Q&A's with leading and inspiring industry players including Paulette Randall, Roy Williams and Doña Croll who will offer insights into directing, producing, writing and acting.   It's going to be quite a season.

GET YOUR TICKETS - Don't be shy

Growing Talawa Firsts in 2014

We are completing our assessment of this year’s event.   We will then start our campaign to invite and engage industry practitioners and commissioners.   We are also devising ways to strengthen the development experience of the artists involved to ensure we create the best possible routes for their career development.  

The first season  launched in 2012 and featured work from Charlene James, Alexander Williams, Cynthia Bernard, Fraser Ayres, Shereen Jasmin Phillips and N Richard Nash.

The second season featured new work from DD Armstrong, Rex Obano, Martin Edwards, Sharla Smith, Rebecca Ubuntu and Women In The Space who were also participants in other development programmes at Talawa.   The second season was sold out and presented a mix of new and emerging talent to leading industry figures such as David Lan and Nina Steiger.

Some scripts have been selected for Talawa Firsts 2014 from submissions to the Alfred Fagon Award and Talawa's Script Reading Service.   If you're a new writer apply for a HotSpot and send us your script for consideration.