Wednesday, 4 March 2015

Casting Call: Little Stitches


Time Won’t Wait is working with the emerging theatre company BareTruth Theatre as associate artists. We are working together to develop and profile of one the most exciting collections of new writing to hit the London stage in 2014 – Little Stitches – a dramatic collection of work about female genital mutilation. The revival is funded by Arts Council England.

The show will be directed by Alex Crampton and produced by Melissa Dean.

“The great strength of Little Stitches is that, whilst distressing, it avoids sensationalism and is informative.It’s performed by a role – swapping, accent switching, multicultural cast of five with quiet concentration and some flashes of humour” The Times ★★★★

We are reviving the show for 2 dates in London on Omnibus on 13 & 14 April, with a view to national touring in 2016.



Female, playing age 25 - 40 years, ethnicity middle-eastern/asian/mixed
Full character list:
      Flight Attendant - insomniac, stressed, depressed and emotionally unstable. A woman on the brink who floats between hotel rooms and the plane cabin
      Activist - experienced campaigner, over 5 years’ experience in Africa fighting the practice of FGM, working alongside community leaders.

ROLE 2 - Safa
Female, playing age 14 - 25 yrs, ethnicity middle-eastern/asian/mixed
Full character list:
      Teacher - early/mid 20’s, overworked at a primary school in Islington, wishing she had more time for her students.
      Girl - very young and recently cut at a ‘cutting party’, suffering an extreme and ultimately fatal reaction to the mutilation.
      Safa - aged 14/15, an imaginative, sparky schoolgirl, second generation immigrant from a cutting nationality, daughter to liberal, westernised parents


Monday 9 March to take place in Farringdon.
Full address to come later.

Friday 3 April – Saturday 11 April inclusive with the Sunday off
Actors will be paid ITC minimum – to be confirmed on contracting
Please send CV, photo by 6PM, Friday 6 March to and

Please hold Monday 9 for auditions, we will let you know on the Saturday.
Thanks for taking the time to apply.

Wednesday, 25 February 2015

Casting Call: Your Opportunity to Perform at Richmond Theatre

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

Who are WE looking for?

We are looking for 2 confident Black or mixed race 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 25, 26 and 30 March 2015

Performance Dates:   31 March – 4 April 2015.  Each boy will do 3 or 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 10 March, 5.30pm at Richmond Theatre. To book your place or if you have any questions, please contact Gail Babb on 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 in with Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester last year.

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. 

Female Performers Wanted

SHOW ME EDGWARE ROAD explores Middle Eastern exile and fragmentation from a female perspective.   

Director / Designer Rajha Shakiry and Writer Mojisola Adebayo are making a piece of devised theatre exploring the experiences of women exiled in London.

When: 7th March
Fee: £40
Producer Contact: Pauline Walker -

Tuesday, 24 February 2015

Sweet Taboo: The Film

A pastor with a rainbow bible has a date with a homophobe; parents drag their daughter to a speed dating event. What could possibly go wrong?
Find out at the launch of our brand new short film, SWEET TABOO.

Set at a speed dating event, Sweet Taboo is a fast and playful short film that tackles gender and sexuality head on with humour.

Created to spark discussions with young people, the film will have you thinking as much as laughing.

Come to our launch and get the first look at SWEET TABOO, meet the cast and creative team and check out our resources for teachers and youth workers.


Wednesday 25 February, 7pm - Royal Central School of Speech & Drama

Royal Central School of Speech and Drama is round the corner from Swiss Cottage Tube at 62-64 Eton Avenue, London NW3 3HY

Tickets free, but book in advance. We have limited capacity.

To book please email or call us on 020 7251 6644.


Thursday, 19 February 2015

I write, I live: Bush Theatre, Monday 23 February

Join playwright Diana Nneka Atuona as she discusses her debut play Liberian Girl with Journalist and Playwright Juliet Gilkes Romero at Bush Theatre on Monday 23 February at 7.30pm
Liberian Girl
Powerfully disturbing and immersive
The Independent
…a poignant study of innocence lost amid the terror of war
London Evening Standard
…reminds us of the human capacity to hope
The Telegraph
A harrowing descent into war
The New York Times

Liberian Girl by Diana Nneka Atuona played at the Royal Court in January before transferring to the CLF Art CafĂ© at the Bussey Building in Peckham (3rd – 7th February) and the Bernie Grant Arts Centre in Tottenham (10th - 14th February).  

A smart new play about the black Labour movement…
an urgent and necessary work of oral memory.

The Times
Romero makes you think hard about whether the electoral
shortlists reflect modern, multicultural Britain.

The Guardian
It’s demanding watching, and it’s frequently fascinating…
a play that provides important context to where we are today.


Juliet Gilkes Romero is a journalist and award-winning playwright. Juliet’s latest play Upper Cut is playing at Southwark Playhouse (14th January - 7th February 2015).

The evening includes a raffle to win a selection of play anthologies from Oberon Books and a grand prize of either Theatre Tokens or a pair of theatre tickets.

Thanks to: Susie McKenna, Judith Jacob, Janet Steel and Afridiziak who have donated Theatre Tokens.
Thanks to: Theatre 503 and Bristol Old Vic for donating a pair of theatre tickets.

All proceeds from the raffle and ticket sales go to
The Alfred Fagon Award.
The Alfred Fagon Award is supported by The Peggy Ramsay Foundation

I write, I live: Bush Theatre, Monday 23 February at 7.30pm.  Tickets are £7/£5 concessions.

For more information about The Alfred Fagon Award visit

For more information about the events and the Alfred Fagon Award contact Creative Producer Pauline Walker
07896 413 575

Wednesday, 18 February 2015

Audience reactions and reviews of Talawa's production of Arthur Miller's All My Sons

We opened the All My Sons tour in Ipswich at the lovely New Wolsey Theatre.   Next stops on the tour include Cambridge, Salisbury, Watford, Oxford, Birmingham, London, Colchester and Malvern.

Reviews (see below) have been universally glowing and houses full.

Press Reviews:

The reaction has been great, notably from The Stage ****
British Theatre Guide

See further reviews: 
Ipswich Star
Public Reviews *****
What's On Stage ****
Stage Talk Magazine ****
Ipswich Spy **** 
Local Secrets - Cambridge
Henley Standard - Oxford 
The Public Reviews - Oxford 

There will be more to come.   

The BBC also ran a great interview with Michael Buffong, our Artistic Director.   Cambridge News ran a lovely piece ahead of our Cambridge stop too. 

FINALLY: Here is Michael Buffong, Artistic Director of Talawa Theatre Company on BBC Radio 4's Start The Week

Here is just a little of what audiences had to say:

“I was transfixed from start to finish as the drama unfolded, and the end, oh the end just blew me away.   I’ve rarely been moved as much as I was by this production.   It is flawless, truly brilliant.” 
(SS: 12th Feb 2015) 

“My wife and I loved today's matinee. Superbly acted (we were in the front row so we saw everything). A truly memorable afternoon. Thank you so much.” 

(BP: 14th Feb 2015) 

“It's a play I've seen three times before in other productions but rarely has it ever made much sense.  Seeing it in this context, where you have a middle class black family who have worked so very hard for everything they have in segregationist USA, it really hits home just how much there is to lose as a result of the lie at the centre of the story.  

I had to write to you just to say thank you for such a stunning production; it was visually ravishing, emotionally powerful, nuanced and powerfully acted by all the cast, without exception.   Theatre like this comes but rarely, I'm glad I got to see it.” 

(RW: 17th Feb 2015) 

"Your performances were so moving. I love that the women had such presence. Kate was marvellous." 
(LL: 17th Feb 2015) 

"Emotionally fluid, subtly nuanced & powerful production of All My Sons"
(AB: 17th Feb 2015)

"A brilliant production with a superb cast. The best thing we have seen for ages! Well done to all."
(JB: 17th Feb 2015)

"Just been to see @TalawaTheatreCo's #AllMySons at @NewWolsey. Powerful, mind-messing stuff that still runs through my brain. Get a ticket!"
(SJ: 17th Feb 2015) 

"Truly exceptional, riveting production of Miller's AllMySons @NewWolsey with @TalawaTheatreCo eclipses recent West End revival. A must see."
(AA: 17th Feb 2015)

"@TalawaTheatreCo @NewWolsey #AllMySons what a truly amazing performance. I've just stopped crying. DonaCroll was fantastic."
(RA: 18th Feb 2015)

Oh, and did we mention the lovely new trailer?