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25 - 27 August 2011
I am England, Lilian Baylis Studio, next to Sadler's Wells
Talawa’s Young People’s Theatre 2011
Talawa’s Young People’s Theatre 2011
Young budding actors from across London have been taking part in this year's Talawa Young People's Theatre, an annual summer school run by Talawa Theatre Company, Britain's foremost Black led theatre company. Participants from Brixton (SW9), Greenwich (SE18), Lewisham (SE16), Charlton (SE7), Hackney (E8), Muswell Hill (N10) and Tottenham (N15), all auditioned for the project in May, and have been working for four intensive weeks devising a piece of theatre entitled #I am England, exploring 25 years of Black British history, from 1986 to 2011.

All participants carried on with rehearsals last week, despite the riots across London and within their local communities. They have worked closely with theatre professionals and director, Nazli Tabatabai-Khatambakhsh to understand these recent events and respond to them in their work. #I am England will include responses to these recent events as well as other pivotal moments that have shaped the Black British experience including the 1980's riots in Brixton, the election of New Labour in 1997, the July 7th London bombings and David Cameron's recent speech on multiculturalism. #I am England will be performed at the renowned Lilian Baylis Studio at Sadler's Wells next week between 25 and 27 August.

This year Talawa Theatre Company celebrates its 25th anniversary and TYPT is its flagship summer school for young performers. Now in its sixteenth year, past TYPT shows have been presented at Sadler's Wells, the National Maritime Museum, Drill Hall and the Bernie Grant Arts. Previous TYPT project Krunch - a searing exploration of what it means to be young, Black and British - toured to the the National Arts Festival, South Africa in 2010, and to The Albany, The Drum and Tara Studio in March 2011.

Graduates from TYPT have gone on to work in theatre, film and TV: Nonso Anozie appeared in Death and the King's Horseman at the National Theatre, played the youngest-ever Lear in the RSC production of King Lear, and appeared in the films Atonement and Brighton Rock; Femi Oguns is a founder of the Identity Drama School, the UK's first Black drama school; Peter Bakare is a co-writer for Channel 4's Unseen Skins; Shaun Blackstock recently appeared in Hollyoaks; and Shanika Warren-Markland was in Noel Clarke's films Adulthood and

To celebrate 25 years, Talawa Theatre Company is presenting an eclectic year-long season of work that promotes Black talent. Working with partner venues across the UK, including the West Yorkshire Playhouse, the Victoria & Albert Museum, New Wolsey Theatre and Young Vic, Talawa will continue its legacy of producing imaginative theatre that gives voice to the Black British experience, as well as cultivating Black audiences and audiences for Black work.

Info: 7.45pm | www.talawa.com | Lilian Baylis Studio, next to Sadler's Wells on Rosebery Avenue, London EC1.

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Interview with Patricia Cumper, Talawa

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