Talawa Theatre Company is world-renowned for being the UK’s most successful black led touring theatre company. Launched in 1986 in response to the lack of creative opportunities for Black actors, the company has created an outstanding legacy having produced more than 40 award-winning touring productions. Talawa believes in nurturing and investing in burgeoning talent, and frequently works with new writers helping them to develop their ideas. The company runs an annual Talalawa Firsts initiative, an event designed to showcase strong plays by Black artists who are looking to develop their works into full productions.
This year’s programme includes: Check The Label by Eno Mfon – a powerful and provocative production exploring themes of identity, self-hate, self-doubt and self-loathing; Obama & Me by Sylvia Arthur – in which the playwright performs a monologue revisiting her time spent living in Brussels working for the European Commission, which coincided with the rise in racism across the Continent; and Mixed Bill – where you can go and get a taste of to short pieces still in the development stage. The festival will also host a series of talks discussing practical matters such as how to apply for grants for the arts and using movement to tell stories. Tickets for the productions are priced at a budget-friendly £5, visit here to book and learn more about Talawa Firsts.