Thursday, 2 July 2015

Send us your play!


Are you a Black writer with a story tell? 



Talawa has a history of nurturing and collaborating with outstanding writers such as Roy Williams, Derek Walcott, Jackie Kay and Malorie Blackman, as well as more recently Arinze Kene, Somalia Seaton, Theresa Ikoko and Inua Elams.  

Talawa Script Reading Service open from 1 - 31 July 2015

Send us your play

We welcome submissions from Black writers in the UK. 

We have 3 script submissions windows over the course of the year. 

The window for submissions is open from 1 - 31 July 2015. 

 

What we will do

We will respond to each script with some feedback from our readers and then invite shortlisted writers we are interested in working with to come in and meet us. 

Could it be you?

Apply now


Please send your script along with a short covering letter telling us about you and your work by post to:

Talawa Theatre Company
53-55 East Road
London N1 6AH
 


Wednesday, 24 June 2015

Black Theatre Live - Artists and Companies Opportunities

Artists & Companies Opportunities

There are a host of ongoing and regular opportunities for artists and companies to develop work, secure seed commissions and produce for touring.

Black Theatre Live has put together a digest of some of the current opportunities. 

DOWNLOAD - Black Theatre Live

The Dry Nation

Director/Producer needed for theatre project in London.


An emerging writer/ director is seeking a professional director/producer to work with research and development project for July the 18th 2015 - the date can be re-arranged to suit the director/producer’s availability.

The Dry Nation:

The Dry Nation is a stage play set in Johannesburg, South Africa, where religion controls people. The play is written by an emerging writer/director, Samantha Dube

Outline:
Linda lives with her cruel herbalist, mother Mrs Josephine Hopkins, who despises Christianity.  Linda strives to escape her mother’s imprisonment when she falls in love with Walter Abraham, the son of a respectable community Priest, Mr Moses Abraham.  According to Mr Abraham, the Hopkins’ generation is the devil’s weapon. However, Walter sacrifices his father’s commandments for the woman he loves.  Mrs Hopkins will not allow Linda to bring shame on her family.

The play consists 8 characters excluding extras.

List of Characters:
  • Linda Hopkins, the protagonist: Female aged 18-25
  • Walter Abraham, an assistant pastor: Male, aged 18-25
  • Mrs Josephine Hopkins, the antagonist: Female aged 18-40
  • Mr Abraham, the priest: Male, aged 18-40
  • Atalia Vertboy, the temper: Female aged 18-35Abigail Muzi, Atalia’s friend: Female aged 17-35
  • Welcome Vertboy, an energetic thrilling local boy: Male, aged 12-25
  • Makesure Zulu, Welcome’s best friend: Male, aged 12-25

Please send your contact details directly to Samantha Dube


Wednesday, 17 June 2015

Week 3 of Talawa Firsts

Talawa Firsts 2015: A look ahead ...


Wednesday 24th June 

Skipping Rope tells the story of a mother and daughter struggling to love each other. Only by sifting through the worst things they have done will they finally feel like they belong.

Like a skipping rope, the writing beats out a rhythm that articulates the characters’ longing to come together. If the rhythm is broken, will the skipping rope become the family’s noose?   BOOK
















Thursday 25th June  

Getting your project off the ground: Fundraising, Producing and Touring


Jonathan Kennedy (Executive Director, Tara Arts and Lead Producer, Black Theatre Live), Richard Kingdom (Greenhouse Project Manager, Farnham Maltings) and Pete Staves (Senior Relationships Manager, Arts Council England) will share their experience of supporting work by emerging artists. Following this, they will open up the session to participants who will have the opportunity to get expert advice on their projects. Aimed at producers and theatre-makers with an idea in development, whether that be an idea at the earliest stage of development or a play that has been produced and needs support in giving it a future life. BOOK.


Friday 25th June


Normads will take you on a dark journey which explores hip hop theatre in a way never seen before using abstract and dynamic movements.

Normads will showcase at Talawa Firsts 2015 on Friday 26th June.   Normads is hip hop theatre with a Far From The Norm approach - and that means forget what you think you know about hip-hop theatre and movement.

The techniques, methods and inspirations Botis Seva, Artistic Director of Far from the Norm, and the performers draw on span all art forms.   Be prepared to be have your perceptions and expectations challenged and aroused by provocative and groundbreaking hip hop dance theatre work. BOOK.



NORMADS with Far from the Norm at Talawa Firsts

Normads - No Ordinary Theatre


Normads will take you on a dark journey which explores hip hop theatre in a way never seen before using abstract and dynamic movements.

Normads will showcase at Talawa Firsts 2015 on Friday 26th June.   Normads is hip hop theatre with a Far From The Norm approach - and that means forget what you think you know about hip-hop theatre and movement.

The techniques, methods and inspirations Botis Seva, Artistic Director of Far from the Norm, and the performers draw on span all art forms.   Be prepared to be have your perceptions and expectations challenged and aroused by provocative and groundbreaking hip hop dance theatre work.

BOOK AHEAD - This is an umissable event

SEE the full Talawa Firsts Programme


Tuesday, 16 June 2015

Studio Firsts Triple Bill

Friday 19th June - a Studio Firsts Triple Bill


See it here first!   We are presenting extracts of 3 brand new works at Talawa Firsts.   Each artist was in residence for one week in May 2015 as part of our Studio Firsts programme.   Catch a glimpse of what they have been up to ...

Anastasia Osei-Kuffour- Hosea's Girl: Fusing spoken word and dance, with Leroy (Fx) Dias Dos Santos.   Lyndsey's looking for love, Hosea is drawn to her but will she choose him or another?

Amahra Spence - Abuelo / Kid: Amahra wants to be like her grandad. A storyteller. What is his secret? And will she ever master his technique? 

Suriya Roberts-Grey - Dark Room: Suriya tries to give an honest answer to a simple question: how are you? It's harder than you might think...

Three intelligent, provocative, witty and moving pieces from three new theatre makers.

Don't miss this - BOOK NOW

FULL PROGRAMME - Talawa Firsts 2015


Talawa Firsts 2015 - From strength to strength

Talawa Firsts 2015 is going from strength to strength


The festival opened with STRUGGLE by Firdos Ali. A standing ovation and huge praise greeted the story of Suuban, a tale filled with twists, turns. humour and tragedy.

Suuban's YouTube video explains how she is doubly discriminated against: she is black and she is Muslim. When the video goes viral she becomes the voice of her community. But her new found fame has unwelcome consequences. MI5 pressure her relentlessly for help preventing teenage girls joining Isis. And some of her community turn against her, digging up secrets from her family's radical past in Somalia.

STRUGGLE drew huge praise for Firdos Ali, here is just some:

"... one talented Somali girl. That play tonight was a lesson in zooming in and out of minds ... criss crossing into lands and culture and human struggles in its various forms ... You've woven it beautifully"

"Wow. Brilliant story! Had me laughing, had me at the edge of my seat, had me a lump in my throat and fighting back tears."

" ... her writing skill is just superb, powerful and engaging. I cried, laughed and couldn't breath at one point"

" ... we laughed, teared up and nodded our heads agreeing with her words. It was refreshing to see a Somali sister telling our stories."

Wednesday 17th June - Safaa Benson-Effiom's EVEN TO LIVE.

"They can come with all their flaws and imperfections and their inadequacies and that's okay, but we HAVE to change otherwise we won't survive here. That's not fair.”

At the peak of her military career, Ari decides to pack it all in and return to civilian life. Is she just fed up with the hypocrisy within military ranks, or is there something else that drives her to bring Jess round to her (and the Infantry's) way of thinking: that this is no place for a woman?

EVEN TO LIVE is unmissable: BOOK NOW


Thursday 18th June - Telling a Story on TV

Telling a story on TV: The Ten Questions Anne Edyvean (Head of BBC Writersroom) and Rachelle Constant (Development Editor, New Talent) will lead a workshop on the key ingredients of storytelling.   Have you got a story that you think would work perfectly on TV?   Find out how to structure and develop your idea, and make your script as strong as it can be. 

BOOK NOW


Friday 19th June - a Studio Firsts Triple Bill


See it here first!   We are presenting extracts of 3 brand new works.   Each artist was in residence for one week in May as part of our Studio Firsts programme.   Catch a glimpse of what they have been up to ...

Anastasia Osei-Kuffour- Hosea's Girl: Fusing spoken word and dance, with Leroy (Fx) Dias Dos Santos.   Lyndsey's looking for love, Hosea is drawn to her but will she choose him or another?

Amahra Spence - Abuelo / Kid: Amahra wants to be like her grandad. A storyteller. What is his secret? And will she ever master his technique?


Suriya Roberts-Grey - Dark Room: Suriya tries to give an honest answer to a simple question: how are you? It's harder than you might think...

Three intelligent, provocative, witty and moving pieces from three new theatre makers.

Don't miss this - BOOK NOW

FULL PROGRAMME - Talawa Firsts 2015

Talawa Firsts 2015