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Talawa Theatre Company

Black-led theatre company Talawa create outstanding work informed by the wealth and diversity of the Black British experience. They invest in talent, build audiences and inspire dialogue with and within communities across Britain.

Funding awards

  • 2012-2013: £370,000
  • 2013-2014: £378,510
  • 2014-2015: £388,351

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Moon on a Rainbow Shawl Trailer

Co-production with the National Theatre, touring the UK Feb-April 2014. Tour list and tickets: http://bit.ly/1fSwVxe ★ ★ ★ ★ Daily Mail, Evening Standard, Financial Times, Guardian, Time Out, Sunday Times "In Port of Spain, Trinidad, the snatches of calypso music, hymn tunes and drums are interrupted by the raucous celebrations of troops returning from war. Here, neighbours drink, bawl, make love, look out for each other and crave a better life. But Ephraim is no dreamer and nothing, not even the seductive Rosa, is going to stop him escaping his dead-end job for a fresh start in England. Errol John's Moon on a Rainbow Shawl, written in 1953, depicts a vibrant, cosmopolitan world that is as harsh as it is filled with colour and warmth. Universally praised by critics and audiences alike, the original creative team have reunited to present John's mesmerising and heart-warming masterpiece once more."

Sweet Taboo Dating (Grace and Bree)

Sweet Taboo is an outrageous comedy that tears up the old rules of gender and sexuality. 15-17 August 2013 at Embassy Theatre, Royal Central School of Speech and Drama Tickets £7 (£5) http://www.talawa.com

Sweet Taboo Dating (Miss Todd, Mr and Mrs. P, Jack)

Sweet Taboo is an outrageous comedy that tears up the rules of gender and sexuality. 15-17 August 2013 at Embassy Theatre, Royal Central School of Speech and Drama Tickets £7 (£5) http://www.talawa.com

Sweet Taboo Dating (Charlene and Jemima)

Sweet Taboo is an outrageous comedy that tears up the old rules of gender and sexuality. 15-17 August 2013 at Embassy Theatre, Royal Central School of Speech and Drama Tickets £7 (£5) http://www.talawa.com

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Sweet Taboo Dating (Greazy P and the Pastor)

Sweet Taboo is an outrageous comedy that tears up the old rules of gender and sexuality. 15-17 August 2013 at Embassy Theatre, Royal Central School of Speech and Drama Tickets £7 (£5) http://www.talawa.com

Sweet Taboo Dating (Tommy and James)

Sweet Taboo is an outrageous comedy that tears up the rules of gender and sexuality. 15-17 August 2013 at Embassy Theatre, Royal Central School of Speech and Drama Tickets £7 (£5) http://www.talawa.com

Sweet Taboo Dating (David and Coco)

Sweet Taboo is an outrageous comedy that tears up the rules of gender and sexuality 15-17 August 2013 at Embassy Theatre, Royal Central School of Speech and Drama Tickets £7 (£5) http://www.talawa.com

Sweet Taboo Dating (Levi, Grace, Annette)

Sweet Taboo is an outrageous comedy that takes a look and a laugh at who and how we love. 15-17 August 2013 at Embassy Theatre, Royal Central School of Speech and Drama Tickets £7 (£5) http://www.talawa.com

Sweet Taboo - Week 1

Week 1 of TYPT: 13 is over and Sweet Taboo is taking shape. Two members of the company talk about the piece so far. Sweet Taboo 15-17 August 2013 at Embassy Theatre, Royal Central School of Speech and Drama Tickets £7 (£5) http://www.talawa.com Track: Fever by Jingo

TYPT: 13 Guilty Pleasures

Just a fun way to introduce some of the cast and crew of TYPT: 13's Sweet Taboo. The Guilty Pleasures you hear are real, but they have been voiced by actors and swapped around

God's Property Vox Pops

'A treat..funny, feisty and refreshing.' Time Out 'The writing is pin sharp and true, the performances bang on the money...a little gem.' WhatsOnStage Written by Arinze Kene Directed by Michael Buffong GOD'S PROPERTY previewed at the Albany, Deptford 20 - 23 February and played at Soho Theatre from 26 February - 23 March before touring to mac birmingham 26 - 28 March, 2013. It's 1982. London is restless, gripped by spiraling unemployment and inner city riots. Ska beats dominate the airwaves and in a flat in Deptford, South London two mixed race brothers are re-united unexpectedly. Cast: Kingsley Ben-Adir, Ash Hunter, Bradlery Gardner, Ria Zmitrowicz

God's Property Trailer

Talawa Theatre Company, Soho Theatre and the Albany present GOD'S PROPERTY Written by Arinze Kene Directed by Michael Buffong Cast: Kingsley Ben-Adir (Chima), Ash Hunter (Onochie), Bradley Gardner (Liam), Ria Zmitrowicz (Holly) It's 1982. London is restless, gripped by spiraling unemployment and inner city riots. Ska beats dominate the airwaves and in a flat in Deptford, South London, two mixed race brothers are re-united. Chima returns home to find that Onochie is a skinhead who choses to no longer be black. But Chima is not welcome in the area and a hostile community has been alerted to his presence. He's been blamed for the death of a white girl and locals want to deliver their own rough justice. Onochie has a tough decision to make. Does he side with the community he has tried to belong to? Or stand with the brother he doesn't know? 2013 touring to: The Albany 20 - 23 February http://www.thealbany.org.uk Soho Theatre 26 February - 23 March http://www.sohotheatre.com mac birmingham 26 - 28 March http:www.macarts.co.uk

The Barry Reckord Bursary

The London Hub is pleased to announce the creation of The Barry Reckord Bursary, a new playwriting bursary open to BAME writers resident in the UK. This bursary is part of The London Hub's commitment to supporting emerging artists. The winner of the bursary will receive a cash award, a co-commission to write their play from Talawa Theatre Company and Bush Theatre, and the opportunity to have their play published by Oberon Books. To apply click here: http://thelondonhub.com/?page_id=651 For more information about The London Hub click here: http://thelondonhub.com/

Talawa Young People's Theatre (TYPT: 12) Week 2

Talawa Young People's Theatre (TYPT) is an annual summer school that provides a unique opportunity for young people to work with leading practitioners to create and perform an original piece of theatre. Some members of TYPT:12 reflect on the process so far and the making of their new show - ENTER. ENTER TYPT: 12 - directed by Anthony Ekundayo Lennon 23rd - 25th August 2012 The Embassy Theatre, Central School of Speech & Drama http://www.talawa.com

Talawa Young People's Theatre (TYPT:12) Week 1

Talawa Young People's Theatre (TYPT) is an annual summer school that provides a unique opportunity for young people to work with leading practitioners to create and perform an original piece of theatre. Anthony Ekundayo Lennon (director) and Madeleine Kludje (assistant director) reflect on what the cast have achieved at the end of the first week of TYPT:12. TYPT:12 30th July - 25th August 2012 Performances at The Embassy Theatre, Central School of Speech & Drama 23rd - 25th August http://www.talawa.com

Talawa Young People's Theatre (TYPT:12)

Talawa Young People's Theatre (TYPT) is an annual summer school that provides a unique opportunity for young people to work with leading practitioners to create and perform an original piece of theatre. Anthony Ekundayo Lennon (director) asks some of this year's participants how they felt when they got the call to confirm their place in TYPT:12. TYPT:12 30th July - 25th August 2012 Performances at The Embassy Theatre, Central School of Speech & Drama 23rd - 25th August http://www.talawa.com

Waiting for Godot - Vox Pops

Waiting for Godot is a funny and poetic masterpiece, described as one of the most significant English language plays of the 20th century. On a bare road with a single tree two men, Vladimir and Estragon, wait. They are waiting hopefully, helplessly and haplessly for the one who never comes. They are waiting for Godot. Over two days, they argue, get bored, clown around, reminisce, sing, exchange hats and contemplate suicide. Brilliantly subtle the play gently and intelligently speaks about hardship, friendship and what it is to be human. Cast: Fisayo Akinade (The Boy), Guy Burgess (Lucky), Cornell S John (Pozzo), Jeffery Kissoon (Vladmimir) and Patrick Robinson (Estragon). Http://www.talawa.com

The Colored Museum

Talawa Theatre Company presents THE COLORED MUSEUM at the Victoria and Albert Museum 15 - 23 October, 2011 The Colored Museum has delighted and discomforted audiences since it was first performed in America in 1986. Taking place in an imagined cultural museum, 11 living exhibits explore African-American identity in a seriously funny exhibition of stereotypes. Through characters like the pert and ever-smiling Miss Pat, airline hostess for Celebrity Slaveship, Wolfe confronts history and clichés with gutsy humour. "Uncompromising wit....fearless humour....high sophistication." The New York Times The Colored Museum Written by George C. Wolfe. Directed by Don Warrington. Victoria and Albert Museum 15 - 23 October, 2011 FOR MORE INFORMATION: http://www.talawa.com TO BOOK: http://www.vam.ac.uk or call 020 7942 2211 Cast: Ashley Campbell, Terry Doe, Akiya Henry, Gbemisola Ikumelo, Alana Maria Creatives: Set and Costume Designer, Jonathan Fensom; Lighting Designer, Jason Taylor; Musical Director, Dominique Le Gendre; Sound Designer, Joseph Young

KRUNCH

KRUNCH was created by the participants of Talawa Young People's Theatre (TYPT:09) - an annual summer school led by Talawa, Britain's foremost Black led theatre company. It's a refreshing, creative, thought-provoking and entertaining expression of this generation's reflections on Black identity in the UK. Combining music, dance, film and poetry, it was originally directed by Amani Naphtali. To find out more about TYPT, visit Talawa Theatre Company's website http://www.talawa.com

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