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 Café 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 ****

See further reviews: 
Ipswich Star
Public Reviews *****
What's On Stage ****
Ipswich Spy **** 
Local Secrets - Cambridge

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.

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?   

Wednesday, 4 February 2015

Ray Shell and Doña Croll: Arise TV Interview

Ray Shell and Doña Croll star in Talawa Theatre Company's production of Arthur Miller's All My Sons.   

They spoke to Juliette Foster (Arise News) about the production as it sets out on a UK tour.


Tuesday, 3 February 2015

Talawa: Studio Firsts

We are offering three black British emerging artists/companies use of our studio for research and development for one week in May 2015.

We’ve teamed up with Ideas Tap to offer three black British emerging artists, or companies, exclusive use of our studio in Old Streel, London, for one week of research and development in May 2015.

We are looking for theatremakers (directors, actors, multi-discipline theatremakers, etc.) that have a new idea to test or explore. The winners of this brief will be artists that want to take risks, experiment, and play. 

We can offer bespoke support during the research and development week, as appropriate (e.g. literary support, one-on-one meetings with a producer or marketing manager).

Get more details and apply.