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15 – 23 Oct
Talawa Theatre Company to stage George C. Wolfe’s
The Colored Museum at the V&A
Coloured Museum
Coloured Museum
Britain’s leading Black-led theatre company, Talawa, will take up residence at the world famous Victoria and Albert Museum this autumn to present George C. Wolfe’s barbed satire, The Colored Museum. Directed by esteemed television and theatre actor Don Warrington, The Colored Museum simultaneously celebrates, satirises and subverts 200 years of African-American history. It run during Black History Month for 14 performances within The Lydia and Manfred Gorvy Lecture Theatre at the V&A between 15 and 23 October.

The Colored Museum has been delighting and discomforting audiences since it premiered at the Crossroads Theater in 1986, the same year Talawa Theatre Company was founded. Set in an imagined cultural museum, the 11 living exhibits explore African-American identity in an exhibition of larger than life stereotypes. Clearly of its era, its principal themes are specific and universal as it casts an unflinching eye on questions of identity and legacy.

A one off talk will accompany performances of The Colored Museum to engage museum-goers and audiences in a wider conversation about two and a half decades of Black British identity; how do you decide which aspect of your experience and identity to preserve? Entitled Black Myth Versus History, speakers include documentary filmmaker and educator Doctor Robert Beckford and Playwright/author Bonnie Greer.

Don Warrington is best known for TV roles in Rising Damp and Casualty, he has also worked extensively at the National Theatre and RSC. Don made his directorial debut for Talawa Theatre Company with Rum and Coca Cola at the West Yorkshire Playhouse in 2010.

2011 marks 25 years of Talawa, Britain's foremost Black-led theatre company. To celebrate this milestone Talawa are presenting an eclectic year-long season of work that celebrates Black talent. Working with partner venues across the UK, including the West Yorkshire Playhouse, the Victoria and 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.

Director: Don Warrington
Set designer: Jonathan Fensom
Light designer: Jason Taylor
Musical director: Dominique Le Gendre
Sound designer: Joseph Young

Info: The Lydia and Manfred Gorvy Lecture Theatre at the Victoria and Albert Museum
1pm everyday, 3.30pm 16, 22 & 23 October, 7pm 18 & 22 October | www.talawa.com

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