Wednesday, 28 January 2015

Callaloo Creative Writing Workshop


CALLALOO, the premier literary journal of the African Diaspora, is now accepting applications for the 2015 Oxford CALLALOO CREATIVE WRITING WORKSHOP (CCWW) until March 15, 2015. Given the success of this year’s second annual United Kingdom CCWW at the Black Cultural Archives in London, the 2015 workshop is sure to be yet another engaging, rigorous, and inspiring CALLALOO event. We invite submissions of poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction for admission consideration for this weeklong workshop, which will be hosted by The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities (TORCH) at Oxford University, July 12-18, 2015.
Fred D’Aguiar (creative nonfiction), Vievee Francis (poetry), and Ravi Howard (fiction) will serve as the 2015 workshop leaders. 
HOW TO APPLY: Applications must be submitted online at http://callaloo.expressacademic.org/login.php no later than March 15, 2015. Each applicant must submit a brief cover letter and writing sample (no more than five pages of poetry, twelve pages of prose fiction, or twelve pages of prose creative nonfiction). To complete & submit your application, go to http://callaloo.tamu.edu/node/233
For additional information, email (callaloo@tamu.edu) or call (979-458-3108). Find the CCWW FAQ online, as well.
 
 
 
 
 
 

Wednesday, 21 January 2015

SHORT PLAY COMMISSION




Every Year Oxford School of Drama comissions 8 playwrights to write 10 minute duologues for their final year acting students. The plays are workshopped and developed with the group over a 4 week period and then performed at Soho Theatre

Previous writers have included Clara Brennan, Patrick Marber, Penny Skinner, James Graham, Al Smith, Gbolahan Obisesan, Vicky Jones, Tom Wells, Matt Hartley, Shireen Mula, Tim Price, Phil Porter, and Amy Rosenthal.

It's a fun project. The students are keen, talented and hard working. It's a chance to try out a germ of an idea for a bigger play, a chance to try something in a low risk environment, or a chance to respond to a theme and make a play collaboratively. There's no set way, whatever works for you really.

Here is the key information:


  • Rehearsal Dates: May 5-June 6
  • Time Commitment: half a day a week over 4 weeks at the rehearsal space in Pimlico, London.
  • First Draft Deadline: Friday May 22nd 2015
  • Rehearsal Draft Deadline: Friday May 29th 2015.
  • Fee: £300
  • Performance Dates: 10-12 June 2015, Soho Theatre upstairs studio.


There will be 8 writers involved in total.   All plays will be directed by Abigail Graham. 

Tuesday, 20 January 2015

Talawa Writers' Programme: Update


We are three months in to Talawa Writers’ Programme.   We thought it was time we let you know what we've up to.

  • Our three writers – Somalia Seaton, Theresa Ikoko and Inua Elams – have been adventuring through theatre and television, with a series of workshops, q&as and theatre trips
  • We’ve had inspirational sessions led by the artistic teams at the Bush and Soho about what makes them tick
  • We’ve delved into the world of crime drama with Tim Prager, lead writer on Silent Witness
  • We got to ask Dennis Kelly what it’s like offending people
  • We got to ask Debbie Tucker Green how she finds a voice for her characters.
Here are some things we’ve learnt and some words of inspiration from our journey so far:

Have CONVICTION!

You have a relationship with storytelling that exists beyond the people who are commissioning you – storytelling is as old as time and you have just as much right to access it as any literary manager or artistic director.


Collaborate don’t compromise.


This is the first time that this particular journey is being taken by this particular writer.


Don’t try to write to a zeitgeist, you’ll soon be out of date.


Try not to be scared about what people will think of you, write it anyway.

Coming up next: We’re looking forward to seeing Islands by the brilliant Caroline Horton next week, and learning about how to tell a story on radio with R4 Afternoon Drama producer Jonquil Panting …

Beyond the writers’ programme, we are excited to start offering opportunities in our Studio for emerging theatre makers. 


Keep an eye out for our Studio Firsts call out, and keep inviting us to see your work.

Tuesday, 13 January 2015

Talawa Theatre Company: Arthur Miller's All My Sons



A Talawa Theatre Company production in association with the New Wolsey Theatre

All My Sons - UK Tour 2015

Presented by arrangement with Josef Weinberger Limited
Written by Arthur Miller, Directed by Michael Buffong


Tour Booking by Kayte Potter for Great Leap Forward

"Reviving a classic play like Arthur Miller's All My Sons enables us to examine the cost of the American Dream, while exploring the themes and ideas which have a relevance to all our lives: guilt, betrayal, deceit and family - universal concepts which make us who we are."
Michael Buffong, Artistic Director, Talawa Theatre Company

Here are the cast and crew on day one - a room full of amazingly talented people.   

Book now to see the show in all its glory on the 2015 UK Tour.





















A Talawa Theatre Company production in association with the New Wolsey Theatre

All My Sons

Presented by arrangement with Josef Weinberger Limited
Written by Arthur Miller, Directed by Michael Buffong
UK Tour 2015
Tour Booking by Kayte Potter for Great Leap Forward

Reviving a classic play like Arthur Miller's All My Sons enables us to examine the cost of the American Dream, while exploring the themes and ideas which have a relevance to all our lives: guilt, betrayal, deceit and family - universal concepts which make us who we are.

Michael Buffong, Artistic Director, Talawa Theatre Company
- See more at: http://www.talawa.com/all_my_sons_2015.php#sthash.YWtH8TOM.dpuf
A Talawa Theatre Company production in association with the New Wolsey Theatre

All My Sons

Presented by arrangement with Josef Weinberger Limited
Written by Arthur Miller, Directed by Michael Buffong
UK Tour 2015
Tour Booking by Kayte Potter for Great Leap Forward

Reviving a classic play like Arthur Miller's All My Sons enables us to examine the cost of the American Dream, while exploring the themes and ideas which have a relevance to all our lives: guilt, betrayal, deceit and family - universal concepts which make us who we are.

Michael Buffong, Artistic Director, Talawa Theatre Company
- See more at: http://www.talawa.com/all_my_sons_2015.php#sthash.YWtH8TOM.dpuf
A Talawa Theatre Company production in association with the New Wolsey Theatre

All My Sons

Presented by arrangement with Josef Weinberger Limited
Written by Arthur Miller, Directed by Michael Buffong
UK Tour 2015
Tour Booking by Kayte Potter for Great Leap Forward

Reviving a classic play like Arthur Miller's All My Sons enables us to examine the cost of the American Dream, while exploring the themes and ideas which have a relevance to all our lives: guilt, betrayal, deceit and family - universal concepts which make us who we are.

Michael Buffong, Artistic Director, Talawa Theatre Company
- See more at: http://www.talawa.com/all_my_sons_2015.php#sthash.YWtH8TOM.dpuf

Thursday, 8 January 2015

Casting Call: Your Opportunity to Perform at The New Wolsey



Talawa Theatre Company is coming to Ipswich and they are looking for three boys to join their all-Black cast for Arthur Miller’s All My Sons.


Who are you looking for?

We are looking for 3 confident Black boys to share the part of Bert.  You don’t have to be an experienced actor.  You just need to be:
  •          in year 4, 5 or 6 at school
  •          able to do an American accent
  •          able to learn about 2 pages of dialogue
  •          confident enough to perform on a big stage at your local theatre



When is it?


  • Rehearsal Dates:        1-hour after school on 4, 5 and 11 February 2015
  • Performance Dates:   12 – 22 February 2015.  Each boy will appear in 4 performances.  
Please note, one of these performances will take place during school hours.

How do I audition?

We will be holding an audition workshop on Tuesday 13 January, 5-6pm at The HEG, High Street, Ipswich. IP1 3QH.   

To book your place or if you have any questions, please contact Gail Babb on gail@talawa.com or 020 7251 6644

Please Note: This is a paid role and Talawa will obtain a Child Performance License on each boy’s behalf.


More Information on Talawa Theatre Company and All My Sons

Talawa Theatre Company is the UK's primary Black-led theatre company. Led by Artistic Director Michael Buffong, Talawa aims to create work informed by the wealth and diversity of the Black British experience, invest in talent, build audiences and inspire dialogue with and within communities across Britain.

Talawa’s critically acclaimed production of All My Sons played to full houses and standing ovations when it opened at Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester in 2013. 

All My Sons is set just after World War II. Joe Keller a successful businessman, loving family man and pillar of the community lives with his wife Kate.  Joe and Kate's happiness is overcast by one thing - their son is missing in action, presumed dead by all but his mother...

Bert is a neighbourhood boy who plays cops-and-robbers with Joe Keller.  Joe pretends to be the Chief of Police and Bert his Deputy.  

Get more details on Talawa Theatre Company's production, in association with the New Wolsey Theatre, of Arthur Miller's ALL MY SONS