London Black Expressions and Afridiziak Theatre News Annual Theatre Talk: Black Theatre – Never Been So Good?

Published: Monday, November 23, 2009 06:45
Ariyon Bakare and Janet Suzman in Dream of The Dog Annual Theatre Talk: Black Theatre – Never Been So Good?

London Black Expressions and Afridiziak Theatre News
Annual Theatre Talk: Black Theatre – Never Been So Good?
24 November, 6.30pm for 7pm, held at Talawa Theatre Company


Your browser may not support display of this image. Join us for a night of theatre discussion with playwright Roy Williams (Fallout, Sing Yer Heart Out for the Lads, Category B and Days of Significance). We hope you will enjoy hearing about his experiences and sharing your knowledge - whether you love theatre, are a critic, playwright, director or actor, or have an opinion on black British culture and politics.

With special guest speaker: Che Walker. Che’s first play Been So Long premiered at the Royal Court Theatre in 1998 and in July 2009 a musical version played at the Young Vic and was nominated for an Evening Standard Award for best musical. He has taught at the Royal Court Young Writers programme and at the Feltham Young offenders’ Institute.


Info: Been So Long / Hosted by Patricia Cumper, executive director, Talawa Theatre Company /
Programme: 6.30pm - arrivals /7.00pm



PART 1: Debate - "Black Theatre: Never Been So Good?"

Based on Roy Williams’ article in the Guardian, the issue of how well black theatre is doing today will be discussed. Topics will include: a) History - how we have got here; b) What effect the Credit Crunch and reduced public funding may have on its future (e.g. Hackney Empire's financial issues). Plus the sustainability of black theatre companies will be examined.

7.45 COMFORT BREAK
8.00 PART 2: Discussion of Roy Williams’ work.

Discussion will include: a) What inspired him to get into playwriting; b) The journey he has come along from his early plays to his latest plays; c) what his influences have been and who he himself watches/admires at the moment d) what is he working on for 2010?

9.00 READING: Roy Williams will read from his work
9.30 Close


Where: Talawa Theatre Company, 53 - 55 East Road London N1 6AH (nearest tube: Old Street)

We have to make a small charge to cover the cost of nibbles and drink, but the first 10 people to sign up get a £2 discount! You need to buy you tickets in advance here
Price: GBP5.00 per person

Ariyon Bakare and Janet Suzman in Dream of The Dog Annual Theatre Talk: Black Theatre – Never Been So Good?


Related Links:

Check out Roy Williams’ play "Category B" on until 19 December at the Tricycle Theatre
Afridiziak Theatre News - five star review of Category B by Karla Williams
Guardian interview with Roy Williams


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