Talawa Theatre Company announces 2013-2014 season
Don Warrington and Doña Croll lead in Arthur Miller’s ALL MY SONS at the Royal Exchange Theatre in Manchester, directed by Talawa’s Artistic Director Michael Buffong.
Michael Buffong revives his acclaimed National Theatre production of Errol John’s MOON ON A RAINBOW SHAWL for a UK tour in 2014.
TALAWA FIRSTS returns to the Talawa Studios in Old Street. A three-week season of staged readings, discussions and workshops showcasing the best in new Black British writing, curated by Michael Buffong.
TYPT:13 – an integrated programme for emerging theatre-makers, directed by Mojisola Adebayo. This year TYPT will devise around gender and sexuality, and present a piece of theatre at the Embassy Theatre, Royal Central School of Speech and Drama.
3 – 21 June 2013
Talawa Studios, Old Street
Talawa Theatre Company presents its second year of TALAWA FIRSTS. For three weeks Talawa's studio is a hub of activity as upcoming directors lead development workshops on the scripts of emerging writers, followed by a series of play readings and discussions.
Curated by Artistic Director Michael Buffong, TALAWA FIRSTS aims to develop artists and to alert the public and industry to the wider range of diverse talent in the UK.
15 – 17 August 2013
Embassy Theatre, Royal Central School of Speech and Drama
TYPT:13 is an integrated season for emerging theatre-makers that leads to a professional production, this year directed by Mojisola Adebayo. The company will devise around the themes of gender and sexuality, presenting their piece of theatre at the Embassy Theatre (Royal Central School of Speech and Drama).
25 September – 26 October 2013
A Royal Exchange Theatre and Talawa Theatre Company co-production
All MY SONS by Arthur Miller
Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester
It is 1947. Joe and Kate Keller, an all-American couple, have the ghosts of World War II living in their own backyard.
Joe is a successful, self-made businessman, a loving family man and a pillar of the community. He is a partner in a machine shop building fighter plane parts. One thing overshadows Joe and Kate's happiness - their son is missing in action, presumed dead by all but his mother...
ALL MY SONS features two of the country's most distinguished actors in the lead roles: Don Warrington MBE (BBC’s DEATH IN PARADISE) and Doña Croll (best known as Vera Corrigan in DOCTORS).
Arthur Miller’s masterpiece is a searing investigation of honesty, guilt and the corrupting power of greed. It will be directed by Michael Buffong, whose previous credits at the Royal Exchange Theatre includes the multi award-winning A RAISIN IN THE SUN and PRIVATE LIVES, as well as GOD’s PROPERTY for Talawa Theatre Company at Soho Theatre.
Venue: Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester, M2 7DH
Times: 7.30pm (Mon-Fri), 8pm (Sat), Matinees 2.30pm (Wed), 3.30pm (Sat)
Box Office: 0845 450 4808
3 February – 5 April 2014
Talawa Theatre Company in association with the National Theatre present
MOON ON A RAINBOW SHAWL by Errol John
Artistic director Michael Buffong and Talawa Theatre Company revive the acclaimed 2012 National Theatre production of Errol John’s MOON ON A RAINBOW SHAWL for a tour of the UK in 2014. Launching at The New Wolsey Theatre in Ipswich on 3 February 2014, the production will visit Leeds, Birmingham, Malvern, Oxford, Cambridge, Richmond, Bath and Nottingham.
For the teeming populace of Old Mack’s cacophonous yard in Port of Spain, Trinidad, it’s a cheek by jowl existence lived out on a sweltering public stage. Snatches of calypso compete with hymn tunes, drums and street cries as neighbours drink, brawl, 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.
Set as returning troops from the Second World War fill the town with their raucous celebrations, Errol John’s MOON ON A RAINBOW SHAWL depicts a vibrant, cosmopolitan world that is as harsh as it is filled with colour and warmth.
Info: Tour dates and venue information to be announced later this year.
Michael Buffong - interview