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1800 Acres

Acclaimed Texan playwright David Myers blends comedy, fantasy and tension in a highly original play that explores the relationship between family, history, birthright and the mystical pull of nature. Running away from Brooklyn to make a new start with her teenage son, Linda, an affluent African-American woman, buys a ranch in West Texas. But when the original owner refuses to move out, violent physical and psychological battles ensue.

Demanding his own relationship to the land, Linda's son Jacob begins a mysterious ritual in the moonlight. Cathy Tyson is acclaimed for her work across film, television and theatre. She won the Golden Globe award for Best Supporting Actress and was nominated for BAFTA and LA Critics Association awards for her role in the 1986 film Mona Lisa.  

Tobi Bakare is currently training at Identity Drama School - the UK’s first black drama school. His theatre credits to date include Gone Too Far (Royal Court), Torn and Totally Over You (Arcola) and Macbeth (Out of Joint). Television credits include The Bill, Holby City, Silent Witness, Meet The Bandais and Dani’s House.

Box office: +44 (0) 20 8237 1111| Ticket prices: £17.50, £14.00 Concession, £10.00 | www.riversidestudios.co.uk

291 Show 2008291 SHOW

Join Delroy and Dibbi each week and enjoy the shining variety of the funkiest street dance, cutting edge comedy, lyrical poets and MCees and 291’s off-the wall game show.

Tel: +44 (0) 20 8985 2424
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A Date With Destiny

A gripping look into the lives of young individuals facing the challenges of life. Within a world dictated by money, sex and power. Will they succumb to the typical way of life? Will they fall to the vices of human weakness? Or display strength of character? Ultimately their decisions will affect their destiny. This thrilling theatrical production takes you deep in to the inner cities of London strongly exploring a world that claims to be independent but yet experiences super natural moments. Who's controlling your destiny? Watch how stepping stones and AL Bigger unravel this mystery.

At a time London is plagued by gun and knife crime it’s inspiring to see that young social entrepreneurs in the form of Stepping Stones are using the likes of entertainment, sports and media to educate and influence the youth of our generation. They help develop all areas of life spiritually, emotionally, and physically that restores good principles as the governing influence of life.

After successfully running a football “Enovation” league in North London, they occupy young males during the seasonal holidays keeping them off the streets as well as creating a portal to speak out on current issue affecting society. This collaboration with A L Bigger will see them using the powerful medium of drama to educate youth and adults alike whilst showcasing the epitome of emerging UK talent. Written and directed by: C Gordon & J Gomes

Tel: +44 (0) 20 8985 2424 | www.hackneyempire.co.uk | share this page to a friend steppinstonez@googlemail.com


Written by and starring Adisa, this poetry and music show looks back at one of the most profound years of the 20th century and it's relationship to the present. With the theme of revolution, it explores the voices and movements of 68, drawing inspiration from the folk, reggae, soul, Afrobeat and pop music of the time.

Adisa examines the power of the collective voice and its effect on politics, religion, culture and artistic expression. Performance poet Adisa is a favourite on the UK scene - from festivals to pubs and from Buckingham Palace to schools. He's been a New Performance Poet of the Year, Hackney Poet Laureate and has been published in anthologies including Poems Out Loud and Velocity.

Sat 8th Nov 2008 at 8.00PM | Tickets £9.00 / £7.00 concs | Box office: 020 8369 5454 | www.artsdepot.co.uk | Arts Depot, 5 Nether Street, Tally Ho Corner, North Finchley, London N12 0GA 8 Nov, 8pm

Africa’s Hope

The Aegis Trust, in association with internationally-successful Rwandan performing arts company Mashirika, presents an emotionally-charged and vibrant show, with amazing true stories of survival and hope.

Africa’s Hope uses the real life testimonies of survivors of the Rwandan genocide as a backbone to the show and blends them with traditional Intore dance, Kinyarwanda singing, contemporary dance and movement, and live East African drumming to bring the incredible energy and irresistible rhythms of Africa into the UK. 

For more info visit www.mashirika.aegistrust.co.uk Rich Mix, 35 - 47 Bethnal Green Road, London, E1 6LA T. 0207 613 7496 | F. 0207 613 7499 | www.richmix.org.uk £12, £10 concs | 27 - 28 Nov, 7.30pm

Afrika! Afrika!Afrika! Afrika!

Visitors will see another side to Africa with more than 100 artists from 17 different African countries taking part in the show.

Experience the continent that is the source of an immeasurable wealth of cultural traditions and creativity.

Tel: +44 (0) 844 847 2473 | www.afrika-afrika.com | share this page to a friendinfo@afrika-afrika.com

A Midsummer Night’s Madness

The Hackney Harlem Theatre Company under the Empire's umbrella, have devised and composed a modern production based on William Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream. 

Come and see this young ensemble of actors and musicians as they present their version of this classic tale through music, dance and drama.

It's the year 2068, the war for resources is over and Hackney is about to celebrate the marriage of their hero.  We meet the invisibles as they play havoc with the lives of the mortals around them. A Midsummer Night's Madness will be moving on to New York in 2009 - so don't miss out.

Box Office: 020 8985 2424 | Tickets: £10.00 Under 18s: £5.00 | Groups of 10 or more: £3.00 each Friends £3.00 off | www.hackneyempire.co.uk

Dates, ShowTime and Locations

  • 28 October - 01 November 2008 | Time 7:30pm | Hackney Empire Theatre | Studio | 291 Mare St. London, E8 1EJ Box


This Christmas, Brazilian and British theatre artists come together to create a spectacular Amazonian adventure. Cirque du Soleil designer Gringo Cardia will transform the Young Vic into an enchanted rainforest for another imaginative departure from traditional seasonal fare.Fantasy and reality dance through the depths of the rain forest. Laughter, danger and desire are unleashed and the Amazon trembles.

Can the mystical spirits of the forest save our heroes? Inspired by traditional Brazilian myths and legends, Amazônia is co-written by Paul Heritage (AfroReggae, Barbican) and Colin Teevan (Monkey! Young Vic) and brought to life by award-winning Brazilian choreographer Jean Abreu. The cast includes Ponciano Almeida, Daniel Cerqueira, Chris New, Simon Trinder and Golda Rosheuvel. Original Brazilian music will be composed and performed by Adriano Adewal, Felipe Karam, Anselmo Netto and Gui Tavares.

Amazônia celebrates the life of environmentalist Chico Mendes who was assassinated 20 years ago this December. Chico was a rubber tapper from the Amazonian state of Acre who united the peoples of the forest and made vital steps towards preserving the rain forest which led to his assassination by local ranchers. His vision and legacy continue to inspire environmental activism today.

The Christmas show is the culmination of our biggest international project to date. Co-produced with People’s Palace Projects, it is the third theatrical event to arise from two years of joint research in the Amazon.

Tickets and information www.youngvic.org 0207 922 2922 Weekdays and matinees £22.50 Under 26s £10.00 (subject to availability) Unwaged, over 60s, disabled Save £5.00 on full-price tickets and mid-week matinees are half price.

For details about groups, schools and other discounts calls 020 7922 2920 (Mon – Sat, 10am – 6pm) Audio described performance Weds 17 December, 2.00pm There will be a touch tour from 12.30pm.

Captioned performance Weds 7 January, 7.30pm Until 24 Jan

Anansi and the Magic Mirrior

The naughty spider-man is brought to life in a fun-packed family show by the famous Talawa Theatre Company. Bring all your peeps to laugh and learn from Anansi’s antics!

Starring Kat as Anansi and Tameka Empson as Nana Su!

Anansi, the cheeky little spider-man, is up to his tricks again. But this time he has bitten off more than he can chew. A little bit of harmless fun lands him in a whole world of trouble when he takes a magic mirror from Nana Susu’s magic shop.

Talawa Theatre Company weaves together storytelling, dance, music, song and a lot of laughter to bring to life Anansi and the vivid animal characters that inhabit his world.

Become a friend of Anansi on Bebo and share pictures and stories!

Anansi and the Magic Mirror will open at the Hackney Empire, on 19 February and will run until 7 March '09
Address: Hackney Empire, Main House, 291 Mare Street London E8 1EJ
Box office: 020 8985 2424
Tickets: £10 Previews. Premium (All shows Fri, Sat, Sun): £11, £15.50, U16: £9.50. Standard (all shows weekdays): £9, £13.50, U16: £7.50. Family Ticket: for every full paying adult, a child goes 1/2 price!

Angie Le Mar’s - Do You Know Where Your Daughter Is?

Angie Le Mar’s Do You Know Where Your Daughter Is?A play about the breakdown of the relationship between a mother and daughter and the devastating consequences of peer pressure. How does a mother cope when she realizes she is being replaced by friends and boyfriends? What does a daughter feel when she can no longer tell her mother she is confused, lost and in pain?

This play explores the hard hitting reality of when communications goes out the window, followed by rules, morals and finally love. Cast members include Sophia Sinclair, Victoria Evaristo, Naomi Priscilla Mokgatte, Tara S. Brown, Claire Butler, Stephanie Edwin Fisher and introducing Aaron Fontaine.

Tel: +44 (0) 20 8985 2424
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Any Which Way

Any Which Way is a timely and powerful new play about knife crime, commissioned by the charity Only Connect. Two schoolboy friends divided by murder: Any Which Way is a life-changing play about knife crime and its consequences. The play is written by David Watson, based on the true stories of ex-offenders, and performed by cast of ex-offenders and professional actors. The production will also mark the launch of Only Connect's new venue - the Only Connect Theatre, WC1.

The cast includes Alicya Eyo (Denny Blood in ITV's Bad Girls), Clare Perkins (Beverley in Bullet Boy) alongside former inmates of HMP Wormwood Scrubs and Pentonville. Any Which Way is directed by Maggie Norris (Bad Girls: The Musical), and Emma Kruger (Artistic Director, Only Connect) with video design by Mic Pool, lighting design by Kristina Hjelm, composer and sound design by Kath Gotts and fight direction by Kate Waters.

Founded by Danny and Emma Kruger in 2006, the creative arts charity Only Connect commissioned Any Which Way in order to tackle head-on the issues behind the rising tide of knife crime among Britain's youth. In summer 2008, Any Which Way was performed to 3,600 students at schools in Camden, Westminster, Haringey and Islington. Such was the extraordinary impact and response that Only Connect will now bring Any Which Way to the Only Connect Theatre with predominantly the same ex-offenders cast joined by Alicya Eyo and Clare Perkins.   It will be performed over four weeks as a multi-media promenade production with video and sound.

Tickets £15.00 (£10.00 conc.) Box office 0844 477 1000 | www.onlyconnectuk.org/aww | Only Connect Theatre, 32 Cubitt Street, London WC1X 0LR | 03 - 29 November 2008 at 8:00pm

A Mother SpeaksA Mother Speaks

The strength of a mother’s love is immeasurable. Imagine nurturing, caring, educating and supporting your child through their formative years, then suddenly, just as they are about to embark on their own independent lives, someone fires a gun, in an act of unprovoked violence, and they are taken from you. How far would you go to see true justice served?

Tel: +44 (0) 20 8985 2424
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An Intimate Evening with the Original Don of Comedy Curtis Walker

Live band and music from DJ Keith Lawrence (Muzik Ed)
Tel +44 (0) 8701 165 421 | www.plan-brixton.co.uk

Apples and Snakes in Soho: Poetry, patois and poignancy ft. Valerie Boom

Poetry's patois queen Valerie Bloom will be taking us on a verbal voyage through her hard-hitting, poignant, exuberant back-catalogue. A cornerstone of British Caribbean poetry and recognised as such on last year's Honours List, Val is also respected as an educator, broadcaster and author. Her most recent novel for teenagers, The Tribe, was published by Macmillan in 2007. Ensuring extra words-for-money, there's Kayo Chingonyi, the man with the smoothest voice in poetry (and his writing's not bad either).

Kayo weighs each vowel and syllable as if it's a thing of beauty which it is, even when the words themselves are breaking your heart. He's guaranteed, in his own words, to take you to the crest of each sonic wave. Meanwhile, straight outta the south-west, comes Rose Cook. A legend in Devon, where radio stations, theatres and cathedral vaults have all rung with the sound of her poetry, Rose is a firm believer in the soothing power of the spoken word. Tonight she storms the capital (in a soothing way).

And finally, we have newcomer Jahnell: with rhythms that seem to echo the industrial skylines of his native North, and tales of what it means to be of mixed heritage in the early 21st century, he's been bowling audiences over at recent shows. Get yourselves here, and see what the fuss is about. Online poetry chronicler Naomi Woddis puts down the notebook and takes up the mic to steer us through tonight's wordy wonders. Another prime package from Apples & Snakes the UK's 24-hour poetry people.

The Soho Theatre. 21 Dean Street, London W1D 3NE. Tickets £8/£6. Booking: 02074780100 / www.sohotheatre.com and for info: www.applesandsnakes.org 28 Jan, 8pm

As The Mother Of A Brown BoyAs The Mother Of A Brown Boy

A mother remembers the life, and untimely death of, of her mixed race son and his struggle for identity in a multi-racial society.

Told through dance, physical theatre, music and multi-media, this story will take you on a stark journey to find the truth.

Tel: +44 (0) 20 8351 6161 | www.chickenshed.org.uk

Dibbi and Delroy - 291 SpecialsAt Home with Dibbi and Delroy - 291 Specials

A series of winter warm-ups with Delroy Murray and Dibbi, the delightful Bajan Dancehall queen; who invite you to join in with their favourite 291 variety moments.

Weekly comedy slots filled by the likes of Donna Spence, Slim, Mr Cee & Jamie, all guaranteed to deliver on the cutting edge of comedy.

Plus - Dibbi and Delroy are sitting on a great bundle of fun prizes.

Tel: +44 (0) 20 8985 2424
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Audrey Reid in Strength of a Woman

With a strong cast, Strength of a Woman promises to keep you on the edge of your seat, come prepared to be entertained and inspired. Back by popular demand.
Tel: +44 (0) 20 8690 0002 | www.broadwaytheatre.org.uk

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Ballet Blackreturns to the Linbury Studio Theatre and Cambridge Arts Theatre in 2009

Ballet Black is an up-and-coming classical ballet company with eight critically acclaimed sell-out seasons to its credit. Inspirational and innovative, it strives to honour the traditions of classical ballet while breaking new ground with cutting edge choreography. Ballet Black is now an essential part of the classical ballet landscape, the perfect showcase for dancers of black and Asian descent, providing them with a platform on which to perform and practice their craft. Not surprisingly, Ballet Black attracts dancers, choreographers and designers from around the world.

In recent years, the company has worked with Richard Alston, Shobana Jeyasingh and Liam Scarlett; this time there will be new works from choreographers including Antonia Franceschi and Will Tuckett.

Ballet Blackruns from 25 to 28 February, 8pm at the Linbury Studio Theatre, Royal Opera House
Address: Covent Garden, London WC2E 9DD
Box office: 020 7304 4000 / www.roh.org.uk
Tickets: £18.50, £15.50, £13.50, £9.50 standing (£10.50 students and ROH Access Scheme)

Ballet Blackwill also be at the Cambridge Arts Theatre on 15 March, 7.45pm
Address: Cambridge Arts Theatre 6 St Edward’s Passage, Cambridge CB2 3PJ
Box Office: 01223 503333 / www.cambridgeartstheatre.com
Tickets: £10/£15 /£20

Tharmm Equest presents the fifth Back In Da Day comedy show

Back In Da Day comedy show Tharmm Equest presents another MUST SEE evening of GREAT stand-up comedy in their TOP HIT comedy show BACK IN DA DAY to celebrate Black History Month, at the Catford Broadway Theatre. The night will be a fun-filled event with audience participation and an enforced "no-swearing policy" by the comedians. So this will be a truly family show.

For all the people growing up in the 70's and 80's, DO YOU REMEMBER……Bonanza, Calor Gas, Paraffin Heater, Crossroads with Benny, Love Thy Neighbour, Zippy from Rainbow, Watching TV without SKY, Joe 90, No Problem, Fosters then come out on this night and hear the comedians talk about such things.

This will be a generation family show, so all age groups are welcomed. £12.50 for adults and £10 for under 18 years old. Go purchase your tickets from Broadway Theatre - Catford on 020 8690 0002.

Comedians confirmed are Annette Fagon, Tunde Ednut, Kwaku and host Teddy Bear and they will take you on an evening of nostalgic comedy.

For further information about the show, contact promoters Tharmm Equest on 07852 568 651 | Catford Broadway Theatre, Rushey Green, Catford London SE6 4RU | 020 8690 0002

Best Kept Secret Theatre Production - Gangland

Marcus Garvey – Next Generation: gun crime, knife crime, violence in general. The media have had their say, the politicians have had their say, the police have had their say, the so-called community leaders have had their say, now come to see the raw truth from the no holds barred question and answer panel after Asha Senator – Code 7 and others invited.

Contributions will be mainly restricted to the youth and young adults. The system is responsible for our oppression. We are responsible for the solution.

Dynamic cultural performers, food and refreshments on sale. Books and cultural stalls.

Tel: +44 (0) 7940 005 907 | www.bestkeptsecretbks.com

Afridiziak Theatre News is proud to sponsor the 2008 Black Entertainment Comedy Awards (BECA)

Black Entertainment Comedy Awards (BECA)The Eighth BECA (Black Entertainment Comedy Awards) is the only comedy awards in the UK that honours black comedians. These awards (BECA), are on par with the British Comedy Awards, but where BECA differs is that we support our own black comedians for their excellence in comedy and entertainment. Over the years, honours have been presented to the cream of the UK 's black comedians.

The Lifetime Achievement Awards have gone to the following:
Rudolph Walker (Eastenders),
Mona Hammond (ex-Eastenders), 
Ram John Holder, (Porkpie of Desmonds fame),
Lenny Henry,
Joseph Marcell (Geoffrey of Fresh Prince of Bel Air fame) and
Don Warrington (Philip of Rising Damp fame). 
Brian Bovell (Hollyoaks)
The event will include a champagne reception, A-List celebrities, top entertainment and star guest appearances to hand out awards to the winning comedian recipient from the various categories.
At the last BECA Awards ceremony, USA Comedian Kevin Hart was guest of honour and compering the show was Richard Blackwood and Angie Le Mar.
16 November 2008
The Camden Centre, 1 Judd Street London WC1H 9JE | www.becaawards.co.uk

Breakin' Convention - The Fifth Annual International Festival of Hip Hop Dance Theatre

Now firmly established as a must-see event in the dance calendar, Breakin' Convention unites the crème of the world's poppers, lockers, b-boys and b-girls for a jam-packed three days of performances, workshops, film screenings, DJ demonstrations and graffiti exhibitions.

Film ing courtesty of www.darkling.tv
Tel: +44 (0) 20 7841 0306 | www.breakinconvention.com

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A new play, Catalysta, written by veteran Grenadian actor and playwright Allister Bain and directed by Robert Icke, runs from 21 October to 8 November (press night 23 October). Catalysta travels from London to Grenada several months after Hurricane Ivan to visit her elderly sister Eartha and her husband.

They share their home with their daughter, son-in-law and granddaughter. But when Catalysta arrives, the family battles she finds raging threaten to wreak more havoc than the hurricane itself, as neither mother can change their pattern of destructive behaviour and Catalysta is left to quell the storm.

Box Office: 020 7582 7680 52-54 | Ticket Prices £12 / £6 concessions | www.ovalhouse.com

Dates, ShowTime and Locations

  • 21 Oct - 8 Nov (press night 23 October) | Time: Tuesday - Saturday at 7.45pm Saturday matinee 1 November at 2:00pm | Oval House Theatre, Kennington Oval, London, SE11 5SW


In the winter of 1855 a young woman's life hung in the balance. Her fate dealt a fatal blow to the practise of slavery.Written by Richard Nyeila.
Directed by Malcolm Frederick,

Cast includes: Wil Johnson and Victor Romero-Evans

Tel: +44 (0) 8444 77 1000
Tel: +44 (0) 20 7930 6601 | www.newplayerstheatre.com

Cherub Braids

Cherub Braids presents Leicester's 1st annual King of Kutz Be entertained as 12 of Leicester's top barbers grab their clippers and razors to battle it out for the title of King of Kutz.

There will be live performances on the night from the field of comedy and music, hosted by comedian John Simmit.

Contact: info@chuerub-braids.co.uk | www.chuerb-braids.co.uk
Tickets: Y theatre | Box Office 0116 255 7066 | The Y,
7 East Street, Leicester, LE1 6EY | 23 November 2008

Chris Rock’s ‘No Apologies’ Tour

The hugely successful US comedian continues his first UK tour.

Coming Up for Air

Rich Mix and Nu Century Arts present Coming Up For Air, a show that The Guardian describes as “an explosive example of theatre’s social role” as it tackles the issue of mental health in the African-Caribbean community.

Rich Mix, 35 - 47 Bethnal Green Road, London, E1 6LA T. 0207 613

7496 | F. 0207 613 7499 | www.richmix.org.uk £12, £10 concs

10 –13 Dec, 7.30pm

Cool Rules / Fams - Dance Theatre at the Albany

A dance theatre double-bill featuring some of the pioneers of hip-hop theatre exploring modern urban society.  Cool Rules, is performed by ex-Lewisham College student Curtis James and directed by Jonzi D. Mixing lyrical speech with movement, the piece explores the hopes and aspirations of a young man growing up in modern Britain.

Cool Rules is an uncompromising tale of pride, fear and hope which explores the explosion of violence within our young communities and brings you back to urban reality with a bump. Fams, commissioned by the Albany and featuring shortMAN and Curtis James was co-written and directed by Benji Reid. Two strangers enter a hospital waiting room and leave as brothers in this journey of discovery for two young men working out who they are and where they’re going in life.

A fusion of contemporary dance, urban street styles and physical theatre that is sometimes funny, sometimes tragic, always real. Curtis James trained as a dancer at Lewisham College and then Rambert School of Classical and Contemporary Dance. He has worked with some of the leading lights of the hip hop theatre world including Jonzi D and Robert Hylton, and with organisations such as the South Bank Centre and the National Gallery.  Jonzi D has been actively involved in British hip hop culture since its genesis in the early eighties. His company, Jonzi D Productions is an Associate Company of Sadler's Wells. Jonzi is also the curator and host of the acclaimed Breakin’ Convention International Hip Hop Dance Theatre festival. 

Benji Reid is a creative producer, devisor and director. He trained as a dancer with the Northern School of Contemporary Dance and as an actor with Philippe  Gaullierand Double Edge Theatre. After several years as a freelance dancer Benji set up his own hip hop theatre company, Breaking Cycles.

Box Office: 020 8692 4446 | www.thealbany.org.uk | Ticket prices: £10, £6 concessions

Dates, Showtimes and Locations

  • Thursday 02 & Friday 03 October 2008 | Time 7:30pm | The Albany | Douglas Way, Deptford, London SE8 4AG
  • Transport: Rail – Deptford | DLR – Deptford Bridge


User-generated initiative announces the most exciting collaboration of British music and dance artists ever seen in this country. The unique creative arts project has been launched to engage 18 – 25 year olds in issues surrounding HIV and Stigma in the UK and developing countries – with a specific focus on Africa.

Contributors from the UK dance industry include celebrated Cuban dancer Carlos Acosta; choreographers and dancers from Boy Blue Entertainment Skytilz and Flex; former dancer and dance critic/writer Melanie Nix; and Zoie Golding, director of FuzzyLogic & UK producer of Rock Challenge.

Influential names from the music scene include multitalented musician, composer, songwriter, producer and DJ Nitin Sawhney; The Streets’ acclaimed front man Mike Skinner; electro producer Goldielocks; indie band Mystery Jets; and grime collective Boy Better Know.

Ctrl.Alt.Shift aims to use the final performance – also named ‘Ctrl.Alt.Shift’ – to change attitudes to stigma associated with HIV, and inspire young people to take action. Ctrl.Alt.Shift is also announcing a national competition, which will offer young people the opportunity to have their own work showcased at Sadler’s Wells’ Peacock Theatre, as part of one of London’s biggest youth dance events in 2009.  

Members of the public between the ages of 18 - 25 will be invited to choreograph their own dance pieces to the remixed tracks by Goldilocks and Boy Better Know. The best entries will be hosted on the site, before the winning entrant is selected by the artists.

The successful clip will be screened as an opening for ‘Rumble’, a collaboration between Sadler's Wells and London Youth Dance. The winner will also receive a top-of-the-range video camera. For your chance to have your work screened at this professional dance performance, visit www.ctrlaltshift.co.uk/sadlerswells - the first 50 entrants will receive free tickets to the ‘Ctrl.Alt.Shift’ performance. To show your support, sign up to the Ctrl.Alt.Shift website and join the fight against global poverty and social injustice.

Peacock Theatre, London EC1 | Tickets: £5: 0844 412 4322 | www.sadlerswells.com/ctrlaltshift or www.ctrlaltshift.co.uk | 22 November 2008, 7.30pm

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De Botty Business - A Comedy by Benjamin Zephaniah

De Botty Business is set in a barbershop in the Midlands. All proceeds from ticket sales go to The Prostate Cancer Charity. Tel: +44 (0) 20 8985 2424 | www.hackneyempire.co.uk | share this page to a friendinfo@hackneyempire.co.uk

Dem Boys Entertainment presents The Comedy Café Feast

Join silver-tongued hostess Kamilah and fresh-faced acts representing Africa, the Caribbean, Canada and the UK for an evening of international cuisine and laughter.
Tel: +44 (0) 20 8692 4446 | www.thealbany.org.uk

'Dis shoodbe on TV!'Dis Shoodbe on TV!

The sketch show (aptly entitled) Dis shoodbe on TV will feature comedy stars and Choice FM presenters Richard Blackwood and Wayne ‘dibi’ Rollins.

Double award-winning comedienne, Glenda Jaxson, Brummie comedienne, Annette Fagon and the young sensational Nigerian comedian, Babatunde.

It will tour nationally in the spring of 2009 but will premiere at the Hackney Empire. Written and directed by Richard Nyeila

Tel: +44 (0) 20 8985 2424 | www.hackneyempire.co.uk | share this page to a friendrichardnyeila@talktalk.net
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Equiano's CupEquiano's Cup

The hit tour of Equiano's Cup from award-winning MeWe Youth Theatre continues at the Battersea Arts Centre. The play explores the legacy of slavery with an emphasis on 21st century youth.

Tel: +44 (0) 20 7223 2223 | www.bac.org.uk

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Familyman - Theatre Royal StratfordFamilyman by Rikki Beadle-Blair

Caesar Ramsay works hard for his family. But the news his son Nelson reveals, sends Caesar’s seemingly ordinary life rapidly spinning out of his control! Fast, furious and very funny, Familyman asks some vital questions for 21st century parents, like:

How do you learn to be a Dad when yours left before you were two? How do you take on responsibility for a child before you’re legally responsible for yourself?

Cast includes: Jo Martin, Gary Beadle and Llewella Gideon

Tel: +44 (0) 20 8534 0310 | www.stratfordeast.com

Flipping the Script: Manz Like Me

Flipping the Script: Manz Like MeA new series of play readings showcasing Black playwrights presented by Talawa Theatre Company at the Young Vic.

Manz Like Me is the first season of new writing in Talawa’s series, Flipping the Script; the first regular showcase of play readings presented by Britain’s foremost Black led Theatre Company at the Young Vic.

The four plays featured in Manz Like Me explore the modern Black man.  Written by Black men, the four works move beyond the stereotypes and through examining different experiences, focus on other aspects of what it is to be a Black man today.  

Box Office:  020 7922 2922 | www.youngvic.org | Tickets: £5

Dates, Showtimes and Locations

  • Talawa Theatre Company www.talawa.com

    • Changing Rooms by Mark Oliver 18th September, 6pm
    • Rum & Cola by Mustapha Mathura 28th October, 6pm
    • See the Glory by Othniel Smith 20th November, 6pm
    • Zest for Life by Michael Bhim 18th December 2008, 6pm
For One Night Only by Oladipo Agboluaje & Letting Go by Rukhsana Ahmad
For One Night Only - This piece brings African slapstick to the Home Counties. Bode and Eddie arrive at Gatwick via the same dodgy passport service. Finding they share more than just the same new identity they hook up to make their fortune performing at Covent Garden.

Letting Go - Abbas is haunted by a brother he can’t forget and on a cold dark night in Dover he keeps a lonely vigil watching the ships come and go. In the midst of his sorrow the woman who taught him a new language now teaches him a new way to love.

Tel: +44 (0) 20 7582 0080 | www.ovalhouse.com
Hackney Empire welcomes back the much loved Angie Le Mar with her brand new offering Forty, starring Angie as well as a top notch cast and creative team. Forty is the reunion that Carol has been planning for a while; it has been her dream for many years to see some of her closest friends from school, to catch up and to see their lives 25 years later. What starts out as a lovely celebration, catching up on old times, turns out to be far from what Carol planned, or expected.

What do you say to a friend who tells you something you said to them at school ruined their life? Especially if you were only joking. A night of true confessions, sometimes a little too open, but never without the humour of writer Angie Le Mar. Don't miss this funny, explosive emotional rollercoaster of an evening.
Written by Angie Le Mar

Tel: +44 (0) 20 8985 2424 | www.hackneyempire.co.uk | share this page to a friendinfo@hackneyempire.co.uk

Free Training Day for Actors

A day of free classes and workshops for 20 actors and directors in their early years in the profession to examine ways to make classic plays audible, comprehensible and credible - keeping their beauty and insights alive, now and for the future.

Information and applications from STR-Poel Events, 28 Antrim Mansions, London NW3 4XT
Deadline for applications, 19th November 2008
Date: 28 November 2008, 9am - 6pm

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Gone Too FarGone Too Far

Nigeria, England, America, Jamaica; are you proud of where you're from? Dark skinned, light skinned, afro, weaves, who are your true brothers and sisters?

When two brothers from different continents go down the street to buy a pint of milk, they lift the lid on a disunited nation where everyone wants to be an individual but no one wants to stand out from the crowd.

Bola Agbaje's comic, vibrant and perceptive play about identity, history and culture depicts a world where respect is always demanded but rarely freely given.

Gina YashereGina Yashere - Skinny B*tch - Last Chance One Final Night at the Hackney Empire

Having tired of the affectionate nick-name Gina Yashere ‘Fat B*tch’, GINA recently booked herself into a famous Thai Spa and paid good money to have her inside sucked out through her backside.

A resolution to boycott corporate giants Ben and Jerry, which saw luxury–end market ice cream shares plummet and her transformation was complete. When YASHERE stepped back onto English soil, having left most of her former self on a colonic irrigation bed in Koh Samui she finally laid claim to the heavily coveted title ‘Skinny B*tch’ …well almost! Perhaps ‘Kinda Skinny B*tch’, ‘Nearly a Skinny B*tch’, ‘A Skinnier B*tch than the ‘Fat Bitch’ she was …  

Either way not only is SKINNY B*TCH a night of major hilarity and razor sharp wit but audiences can expect tips on self-imposed starvation, how to make a hearty meal for four using an oxo cube, a dash of balsamic and some grass cuttings plus there will be a live on-stage experiment to establish which incontinence pants can withstand the sixteen litres of water Skinny B*tches need to drink daily in order to survive.

Skinny B*tch is a limited edition, gold plated evening of uncompromising and outlandishly outspoken hilarity… Bling it on.

Box Office 020 8985 2424 | Hackney Empire | www.hackneyempire.co.uk

Dates, Showtimes and Locations

  • 04 October 2008 | Time 8:00pm | Hackney Empire | Theatre | 291 Mare St. London, E8 1EJ
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Havana RakatanHavana Rakatan

A dazzling dance spectacular direct from Cuba featuring top Cuban band Turquino.

Tel: +44 (0) 844 412 4322 | www.peacocktheatre.com

Hackney Empire 2008 Spice Festival
The Hackney Empire Spice Festival is celebration of the arts and culture in East London. Spice, being the variety of life, is a showcase of local talent with a select number of international stars being invited onto the bill.

This years festival includes the likes of Chuck Berry, Tom Hunter, Steven Berkoff, Daniel Beatty, Luke Toulson, Stephen K Amos, Madness, Beggar & Co, East London Dance, Kojo, Richard Herring, Hackney Music Development Trust, Richard Blackwood, The Magnets, Sun Zhuo, Eddie Nestor, Crisis, Paul Chowdry, The 291 Show, Paul Chowdry, Eddie Nestor, Grand Union Orchestra, Massukos, Hackney Empire Music Hall, Steve Weiner, Avant Garde Dance, Quicksilver Theatre, Tameka Empson, C-12 Dance, Isy Suttie, Raw Feat, Kat, Pippa Evans, Freetown, Russell Kane, Rucksack Cinema, Kele Le Roc, JR from Paris and more.

Tel: +44 (0) 20 8985 2424 | www.hackneyempire.co.uk | share this page to a friendinfo@hackneyempire.co.uk

Handa's Surprise

Travel to Kenya and follow in Handa's footsteps as she journeys to see her best friend Akeyo, in the next village. Handa is taking seven delicious fruits as a surprise gift - but seven different animals have seven very different ideas.

Could you resist the sweet-smelling guava, a ripe red mango or a tangy purple passion fruit? Physical performance, puppetry, live music and song combine to create an intimate, magical production with audience participation. 

Come and share in the magical tangerine surprise. Presented by Little Angel Theatre.

The show is 30 minutes long so is ideal for little ones. There is a strictly limited capacity for each performance. Book in advance to ensure your place.

Box Office: 020 8369 5454 | Tickets: ££8.00, children £6.00 | www.artsdepot.co.uk

Dates, Show time and Locations

09 November 2008 | 11am, 12.30pm, 2pm, 3.30pm | Artsdepot | Studio Theatre | 5 Nether Street | North Finchley, London N12 0GA

Hansel and Gretel

Written by Hope Massiah and directed by Dawn Reid. In 2007 Darren Hart thrilled audiences as the loveable Buttons in Theatre Royal Stratford East’s (TRSE’s) Olivier Award nominated pantomime, Cinderella. Darren is set to work his magic again this panto season as the lead character Hansel in the Dawn Reid directed production, Hansel and Gretel. Hansel, in the Hope Massiah original script, finds himself away from his friends and harangued by a new stepmother when his family moves to the middle of nowhere aka the cottage at the edge of the spooky forest, where Hansel and Gretel get trapped in the candy clad cottage by the Wicked Witch.

Of course this is panto, and along with new friends Monty Mole and Yellow bird plus Hansel’s new friend Arabella they manage to have a whole lot of fun and escape the witch at the same time.  Darren will be joined onstage by a cast of 11 which includes some faces which may be familiar to the Stratford East audience: Marcus Powell (Who performed his first role as a dame in Sleeping Beauty, also directed by Dawn Reid in 2004, The Harder They Come and The Big Life), Susan Lawson-Reynolds (The Harder They Come, The Snow Queen, Da Boyz and Jack and The Beanstalk), Gemma Salter and Tony Timberlake (Come Dancing).

Mon-Fri at 7pm, Sat & Holidays at 6pm; School Matinees at 10.00am & 1.45pm, Sat. & Holiday Matinees at 1.45pm; Tickets: Term time Weekdays -   Adults    £10, £16, Children and conc. £6, £10 Saturdays and school holidays - Adults    £12, £19 Children and conc. £8, £12

Box Office: 020 8534 0310. www.stratfordeast.com | 29th Nov 2008- 17th January 2009 | Theatre Royal Stratford East, Gerry Raffles Square, London, E15 1BN

Have Box Will Travel

Have Box Will Travel is the autobiographical one-man show from poet, musician and DJ Charlie Dark. This is a show that will appeal to anyone who loves music, or has ever had a dream of a life beyond the mundane. Have Box Will Travel takes the audience on a journey from a tiny bedroom in South London to spinning records in some of the biggest clubs in the world. With witty, sharp and frequently moving dialogue, Charlie Dark chronicles his life and times, from the emergence of the definitive Hip Hop culture he has lived and loved to the onset of fatherhood.

Focusing on his musical inspirations and growing up under the watchful eye of a Ghanaian mother, Have Box Will Travel is delivered straight from the heart, recalling the ups and down of a life in music, vivid club anecdotes and the competitive dance floors where only the skilled survive.

With slick production from Hip-Hop theatre pioneer Benji Reid, Have Box Will Travel is complemented by classic grooves from icons such as Public Enemy, Roy Ayres and John Coltrane amongst others.

The Albany, Douglas Way, Deptford, London SE8 4AG | £10 / £8 conc from 020 8692 4446 | www.thealbany.org.uk 13 November 2008, 7.30pm

Henri Oguike Dance Company – 10th Anniversary - UK Spring Tour

Henri Oguike Dance Company celebrates 10 years of presenting musically inspired choreography of the very highest quality with a spring UK tour. As part of the anniversary celebrations Jerwood Choreography Award winner Henri Oguike, and his multi-award winning company of nine dancers, present three contrasting and musically diverse dance pieces from its rich back catalogue. HODC received the coveted National Dance Award Company Prize for Outstanding Repertoire (Modern) 2007. Oguike's signature piece, the critically acclaimed, Front Line (2002) is a searing and poignant sextet, performed to Shostakovich's 9th Quartet and played live by Classical Brit Award 2008 nominees the Pavão Quartet.  Scarlatti's bright and rhythmic pieces for harpsichord provide the starting point for the stylish septet White Space (2004), whilst the joyous full company work Finale (2003) is performed to the carnival rhythms of René Aubry’s music.

This anniversary triple-bill is enriched by a screening of Falling (2007); a dance-film directed by Dan Farberoff and inspired by NASA astronaut Steve MacLean's space walk. Falling is a moving and mesmerising duet choreographed by Oguike, featuring an original soundtrack of piano and voice by Errollyn Wallen with narration by Steve MacLean himself.

22/23 Jan, Cambridge Arts Theatre, Cambridge 01223 503333
10 Feb, Corn Exchange, Brighton Dome 01273 709709
11 Feb, Malvern Theatres, Malvern 01684 892277
26 Feb Contact, Manchester 0161 274 0600
04 Mar, Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds 01284 769505
12 Mar, Jersey Opera House, Jersey 01534 511115
14 Mar, New Brighton Floral Pavilion, Wirral 0151 647 0752
24 /25 Mar, QEH, Southbank Centre, London  0871 6632500
27 Mar, South Hill Park, Bracknell 01344 484123


House of Agnes by Levi David AddaiHouse of Agnes by Levi David Addai
After 40 years of building a home in London, Agnes is retiring and moving back to Ghana. Her final wish is for her sons to live together under the same roof when she is gone. But her eldest, Sol, is living with a girlfriend Agnes loathes and he won't move home until Agnes accepts her. Whilst younger brother Caleb will do whatever it takes to inherit the house - except share it with Sol.

As her departure draws closer, tensions at Agnes’ rise to breaking point. Will she trust her 21st century boys and finally allow them to be men? Who will own the House of Agnes? This new play is a tender, astute and humorous portrait of clashing traditional and cultural values in modern family life.

Cast List: Cecilia Noble - Agnes | Ludvig Bonin - Solomon | Anwar Lynch - Caleb | Sheri-An Davis - Davina

Tel: +44 (0) 20 7582 0080 | www.ovalhouse.com

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The United Kingdom's First Black Drama School, Identity Drama School presents in celebration of the fifth year anniversary, ID:08 - a powerful collection of hard-hitting, yet often humorous monologues, duologues and original plays drawing inspiration from a wide portfolio of contemporary playwrights, performed by Identity Drama School actors.

All tickets £10 purchased direct from the Arcola Theatre box office on 020 7503 1646 or online at www.arcolatheatre.com. | Arcola Theatre, 27 Arcola Street London E8 2DJ. | 23 November - 14 December 2008


The Identity Agency Group (IAG) in association with the United Kingdom's First Black Drama School - Identity Drama School presents Ignite. In celebration of Identity Drama School's fifth year anniversary, IAG presents - Ignite:  A powerful collection of hard-hitting, yet often humorous monologues and duologues drawing inspiration from a wide portfolio of contemporary playwrights, performed by the Professional adult and 18-21yr old actors - all of which are represented by IAG. Established since 2006, IAG has burst onto the scene with a fantastic array of extraordinary talent formed from the very best actors at Identity Drama School. 

IAG actors have claimed roles in several high profile projects.  Credits to date include; Gone Too Far Royal Court Theatre, Othello Royal Shakespeare Company, Daddy Cool World Tour, Lion King, Silent Witness BBC, W10 LDN BBC3, Casualty BBC, Holby City BBC, The Bill ITV, Meet the Bandais E4, Beautiful People BBC2, Fallout CH4 and feature film Adulthood to name but a few. IAG is fast becoming the first point of call for casting directors and industry professionals seeking the best in black talent.

Drill Hall Theatre, W1 | For more information visit www.identitydramaschool.com | call 0207 3075060 or 0203 119 0058 | Tickets £10 / £12 | 26 - 27 November 2008, 7.45pm

In Blood: The Bacchae

Britain’s first ever professional Capoeira production based on Euripides’ epic play comes to Arcola for a limited run as part of the 2009 Brazilian Season. A masterpiece of theatrical intensity grappling with conflicts more relevant today than ever before: religious freedom, political order, apathy and fanaticism.

Capoeira is a Brazilian martial art incorporating diverse elements of African culture including dance, music, acrobatics and various flighting forms and the merging of two cultural forms both involving ritual, war and passion. 

In Blood: The Bacchae is showing from 6 to 31 January, 8pm at the Arcola Theatre
Address: Arcola Theatre, 27 Arcola Street, Dalston, London, E8 2DJ
Box office: 020 7503 1646
Tickets: £15

International Festival for Emerging Artists
IFEA is an exciting, innovative initiative that brings together young emerging artists from all over the world to share their creativity, talent, cultures and stories. It is a unique global celebration of diversity and creativity expressed through a multitude of art forms such as theatre, dance, music, visual arts, street art. It is a collaboration between some of the world’s finest young emerging artistes from over 20 countries in a two-week long festival.

Participants in the inaugural festival (average age 26) are expected to come from a range of countries including The Netherlands, Ghana, Bangladesh, Turkey, Rwanda, Greece, South Africa, Malaysia, France and of course the United Kingdom. They have all had some success in their creative careers in the fields of dance, music, theatre and writing and were selected from over 60 UK and international arts organisations who were each asked to select two representatives.

Tel: +44 (0) 20 8279 1102 | www.ifea2008.com

Into The Hoods – The Dance Musical
A fabulous fusion of fairy tales, groovy tunes and wicked dance moves performed by the multi-talented and critically acclaimed ZooNation.

Tel: +44 (0) 870 040 0046 | www.intothehoods.com

In the Red and Brown WaterIn the Red and Brown Water - A European Premiere

A new fast and loose play by Tarell Alvin McCraney whose compelling storytelling brought audiences to their feet in London – as well as New York - with the Olivier nominated The Brothers Size. Ashley Walters makes his Young Vic debut with this show which will move McCraney to our main house after his 2007 triumph in our Maria theatre. It will feature music written and performed by celebrated New Orleans jazz trumpeter Abram Wilson. The Brothers Size returns to the Maria from 8 October after which the two plays will run side by side in our two main theatres. Young Vic associate director Walter Meierjohann makes his UK debut with In the Red and Brown Water. The play draws on the rich tapestry and vibrant stories of Yoruba mythology. Set in the sweltering heat of Louisiana it tells the soulful story of one young woman with a dream. Oya girl looks to the sky. Finds no answer there. She breathes like the wind. Oya is a star athlete. She never feels so right as when she’s burning up the track. As a girl she has to choose between following her dream and caring for her sick mother. As a woman she is torn between the man she lives with and the man she can’t live without.

Cast: Rising star Ony Uhiara will play Oya. The cast also includes Adjoa Andoh, Camilla Beeput, Sheri-An Davis, John Macmillan, Cecilia Noble, Javone Prince, Abram Wilson and Ashley Walters. Tarell Alvin McCraney is one of the most exciting young playwrights of his generation. Championed by Peter Brook while still studying at Yale School for Drama, Tarell’s debut play The Brothers Size opened at the Public Theatre, New York and at the Young Vic within months of his graduation. His work is now being widely produced on both sides of the Atlantic (Royal Court; Abbey Theatre, Dublin; Seattle Rep; Southern Rep, New Orleans; Vineyard Theatre, New York and McCarter Theatre, Princeton).

In the Red and Brown WaterAshley Walters was named Most Promising Newcomer at the British Independent Film Awards in 2004 for Bullet Boy. A former member of UK garage collective So Solid Crew, Ashley’s film and television credits include Life ‘n’ Lyrics, Stormbreaker, Hustle (BBC) and The Murder of Steven Lawrence. Theatre credits include Oxford Street (Royal Court) and Sing Yer Heart Out for the Lads (NT). New Orleans jazz trumpeter and vocalist Abram Wilson will create the soundscape of Louisiana. His music fuses reggae, rap, RnB, hiphop and jazz. He has released two solo albums Jazz Warrior and Ride! Ferris Wheel to the

Modern Day Delta. He was nominated for the BBC Award for Best Band and the MOBO Award for Best Jazz Act in 2005. Abram will perform Roll Jordan Roll at the Maritime Museum on the UNESCO International Day for the Remembrance of the Abolition of the Slave Trade (23 Aug). He will play a role and perform live.

For further press enquiries, interview or picture requests contact: www.youngvic.org

Box Office: 0207 922 2922 | Tickets and information Under 26s £10.00 (subject to availability) Unwaged, over 60s, disabled | Save £5.00 on full-price tickets and mid-week matinees are half price. For details about groups, schools and other discounts calls 020 7922 2920 (Mon – Sat, 10am – 6pm) | www.youngvic.org

Dates, ShowTime and Locations

  • Main House 02 October 2008 – 08 November 2008 | Audio described performance Sat 25 October, 2.30pm | Times Monday – Saturday 7.30pm Saturday and Wednesday matinees 2.30pm Press performance Thurs 9 October 7.00pm Tickets Previews (until 8 Oct) £15.00 Weekdays and matinees £22.50 | Young Vic, 66 The Cut, Waterloo, London SE1 8LZ
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Jamaica, Farewell
Written and performed by Debra Ehrhardt and based on a true story, this powerful one-woman show transports the audience to 1970s Jamaica.

Ehrhardt describes her long-distance girlhood love for America and her desperate attempts to escape a war-torn homeland.

"Exuberant! High Comedy!" New York Times "Fantastic! An emotional journey that does full justice to the drama of her life-changing off-stage odyssey" TIME OUT NY

Office: 020 8985 2424 | Tickets: £14.50, Concs £2 off | www.hackneyempire.co.uk

Dates, ShowTime and Locations

  • 07 - 26 October 2008 | Time 7:30pm | Hackney Empire Theatre | Studio | 291 Mare St. London, E8 1EJ Bo



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Leaders of the Nu Skool
The cream of the crop of the very best urban comics.
Tel: +44 (0) 20 8985 2424 | www.hackneyempire.co.uk | share this page to a friendinfo@hackneyempire.co.uk

Let There Be LoveLet There Be Love

by Kwame Kwei-Armah

Back by popular demand! An immigrant’s tale of beginnings, endings and Britishness set against the music of Nat King Cole with Sharon Duncan-Brewser, Lydia Leonard, Joseph Marcell.

Tel: +44 (0) 20 7328 1000 | www.tricycle.co.uk

Living Under One Roof
It's almost 60 years since the Empire Windrush landed at Tilbury Docks! Tuareg Productions in partnership with the Hackney Empire would like to invite Elders from the Caribbean community to share their experiences in arriving, living and working in Hackney and surrounding areas from 1948 to 1962.

This project takes a unique look at Hackney and surrounding areas through the eyes of the Caribbean settlers, in particular focusing on their experiences of, and contributions to the local industries of the time. In addition, the project with also explore living arrangements, education, places of worship and recreation. The workshops will be recorded and filmed by students from Hackney schools for use as research for the next stage production of Living Under One Roof by Lorna Holder.

Tel: +44 (0) 20 8985 2424 | www.hackneyempire.co.uk | share this page to a friendinfo@hackneyempire.co.uk

Locked In

A highly anticipated revival of Half Moon’s hugely successful Locked In by award winning Fin Kennedy for audiences aged 13 years and older. Locked In revolves around the friendship between Blaze (Ashley J) and Riqi (Kim Hardy) two rising stars of a local pirate radio station. The arrival of Zahida (Ambur Khan) into their lives, the pressures placed on them by others and the consequences of doing a favour for a local gangster create an explosive conclusion with far reaching impact for all.

Rich Mix, 35 - 47 Bethnal Green Road, London, E1 6LA T. 0207 613 7496 | F. 0207 613 7499 | www.richmix.org.uk £12, £10 concs £12, £10 concessions, Children £4| 22 Nov, 7.30pm

London Black Expressions and Afridiziak Theatre News invites you to an informal discussion with a focus on the life of Michael X, black British political activism and black British theatre.  So come along and share your knowledge whether you love theatre, are a critic, playwright, director or actor, or have an opinion on black British politics. Free, light refreshments will be available.

Vanessa Walters, playwright and journalist, will in the house talking about her latest production, Michael X. Michael X was a controversial black power activist from the 1960s and the play is showing until 27th November. Tickets are a mere £5.00 so check it out, more information www.carnivalvillage.org.uk or www.afridiziak.com/theatrenews.

Black Power in 1960s Britain: what can we learn?
With president elect Barack Obama's sweep to power, all attention is on a black British leader being able to achieve the same success. The lives of African American activists such as Malcolm X, Martin Luther King and Rosa Parks and many more, who laid the path for Obama's success, have been well documented. But how much do we know about the work of black British activists and how can we draw on and develop from their experience to nurture the way for a black British leader?

Date: 28th November, 2008 | Time: 7pm

Venue: Royal Commonwealth Club, 25 Northumberland Avenue, London WC2N 5AP
RSVP essential as places are limited: info@afridiziak.com | www.blackexpressions.meetup.com or RSVP through Facebook

Look Back in Anger with Jimmy Akingbola
You may remember him from the Crouches or Holby Blue but actor Jimmy Akingbola takes on a much different role as he takes the lead in Look Back in Anger. The play, now showing at the cosy Jermyn Street theatre in the West End was first written in 1956 by John Osborne. It’s the most famous play that he has written and caused much controversy at this time it was also made into a film in 1958 starring Richard Burton. Fast forward, 50 years and a different controversy has erupted over the casting of a black actor in the lead part.

The play is about the character, also called, Jimmy who is working class and the love triangle between his middle-class wife and her friend. It’s about the decisions we make and don’t make and how we deal with the consequences. It’s also about the things that go unsaid in relationships and what happens when we let them fester away. Look Back in Anger is set in a bed-sit in the East Midlands and was seen as a voice of the people of that time. Akingbola and his fellow cast members are great in setting the scene and portraying life at this time.

Tel: +44 (0) 20 7287 2875 | www.jermynstreettheatre.co.uk


Jim Creighton, David Haig, James Hayes, Doon Mackichan and Javone Prince join Matt Di Angelo in Joe Orton’s Loot, directed by Sean Holmes at the Tricycle Theatre.  Loot follows the fortunes of Dennis and Hal, two young lads who hijack Hal’s mother’s coffin to stash the loot from a recent heist.  The plot thickens as her body keeps turning up around the house, the unscrupulous police Inspector Truscott arrives on the scene sowing confusion around him, whilst Nurse Fay works her dubious charms on Hal’s Dad. Matt Di Angelo (Hal) was most recently seen in BBC 1’s hit show Strictly Come Dancing followed by a National ‘Strictly’ tour.  

Javone Prince (Dennis) has previously been directed by Sean Holmes in Richard III and Measure for Measure for the Royal Shakespeare Company.  His other theatre credits include In the Red and Brown Water and Raisin in the Sun for the Young Vic, Statement of Regret and Burn/Chatroom/Citizenship for the National Theatre, Out of the Fog at the Almeida and Sugar Mummies for the Royal Court.  On television his work includes Horrible Histories, The Bill, Tittybangbang and Little Miss Jocelyn. 

Loot runs from 11 December – 31 January and will tour to Newcastle Theatre Royal from 02 - 07 February after its opening at the Tricycle.

Address: Tricycle Theatre, 269 Kilburn High Road, London NW6 7JR | Box office: 020 7328 1000 | Tickets: £10 - £20 (with reductions available) | www.tricycle.co.uk

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Madame Zingara

After two years in South Africa, the multi-award winning bohemian playpen, Madame Zingara and her Theatre of Dreams arrives at the Battersea Power station in London. Based on the traditional Mirror Tents of Europe (Spiegeltents), first built in Belgium around 1900, the Theatre of Dreams offers a multi-sensory experience, which transcends the boundaries between audience, artists and staff. With an eclectic troupe of performers, the show, which will reside for three months, is a fusion of cirque, cabaret, contortion artists, music and comedy, specifically created to mesmerise, thrill and enthral.

The audience will be treated to an evening of decadent dining and performance art. Upon entering the Theatre of Dreams, one is immediately struck by the myriad of fascinating characters, which abound and this is before the show has even begun.

From the moment you cross the threshold everyone you encounter takes on a character and your waiter could be anybody from a Marie Antoinette to a Roman guard.

Guests are invited to partake in the fantasy by visiting in Madame Zingara’s Bijoux Boutique, which sells anything from feather boas and tiaras, to trinkets, wigs and French Maid outfits. With no guest further the 8m away from the stage, guests will feel completely part of the whole experience.

Tickets are priced between £75 - £115 per person and include welcome drinks, a decadent four course dinner and the show. Bookings essential via the box office number: 0844 338 8888. www.madamezingara.com Until March 2009

Marilyn and Ella
A new musical drama by Bonnie Greer. These two iconic women, Marilyn Monroe and Ella Fitzgerald - both outsiders - come together in an evening of raw emotion and great songs. A true but forgotten moment of American showbiz history re-enacted live on stage. Includes classic hits such as ‘Lady is a tramp’, ‘Diamond’s are a girls best friend’ and ‘My funny valentine’. Tel: +44 (0) 20-8534 0310 | www.stratfordeast.com

Michael X- a new play about politics in the 60’s by Vanessa Walters, Afridiziak Theatre News blogger

Michael X is a play charting the life of the controversial black power activist Michael de Freitas. He went from being a pimp and drug dealer in London’s Ladbroke Grove, to disciple of Malcolm X following a chance meeting. As well as living a chequered and flamboyant life, Michael’s death is also shrouded in controversy, after leaving London and fleeing to Trinidad, he was hung for murder. This compelling monologue will be performed by stage and screen star Clint Dyer, whose recent works includes Big White Fog, Almeida Theatre and ITV’s Trial and Retribution.

The play is written by Vanessa Walters as a result of a year-long project called Between the Lines in association with The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. Vanessa Walters is an author and journalist, whose novels include Rude Girls and Best Things in Life. Her most recent publication is Smoke Othello, a creative collection inspired by the black history of West London. The production is directed by award winning director, Dawn Walton whose work includes Oxford Street and the Shining at Royal Court Theatre and The Blacks, Young Vic.

Dawn has recently been appointed Artistic Director of Eclipse Theatre. Following mass immigration of West Indians in the late 50’s and early 60’s the London Borough of Kensington and Chelsea including Ladbroke Grove, Notting Hill Gate and Westbourne Park witnessed injustice, racism and social unrest. Similar scenes were being played out in many inner-cities across the UK and indeed in America with riots and well known black activists like Malcolm X and Martin Luther King campaigning for civil rights. Michael X tells the tale of one man’s experience set against the backdrop of social change.

Tickets are £5.00 (plus 50p booking fee if online). | To book in advance please call the | Box office on 0871 2715151 or online at www.carnivalvillage.org.uk | The Tabernacle Theatre | Booking information 020 7361 3204 or email arts@rbkc.gov.uk | 06, 10, 13, 17, 24 & 27 Nov '08 at 7.30-8.30pm


Mind Blowing Decisions: a hip-hop musical drama

Fresh from the success of The Hackney Empire sell out show, now showing for one night only at a spectacular venue in South London.

Mind Blowing Decisions is described as a hip-hop musical and features a  cast of some very talented aspiring young actors and tells  the story of Jared a young streetwise nineteen year- old whose intentions are to make it big as a Mc/ rapper. His world is fraught with peer pressure, simmering rage, and difficult decisions, plus to add, his status is elevated dramatically when, a rapper adversary is accidentally killed and the blame falls at Jared's feet.

Also Victor Romero Evans - Fresh from The Harder They Come and Dona Croll (Family Affairs) as mum. The subject matter  itself deals with the aspirations and dreams of young people, some who lack the support and motivation to move forward and achieve their ambitions, others who soar and rise  through adversity. There will also be a cameo from a high profile celebrity.

For further enquiries about Mind Blowing Decisions, please contact: Danny : dannygayleuk@yahoo.com 07904 108 725.
Tickets: Day show- £7.50/ £5. Evening show- £12.50 / £10 concession Town Hall Brixton Hill SW2 1RW

23 November, 3pm, doors open at 2pm and (adults showing) starts at 7pm, doors open at 6pm

Monkey: Journey to the West

Described by the British tabloids as a ‘popera’, Monkey features a cast of over 40 performers, including acrobats, silk dancers, contortionists, volcano soldiers, skeleton demons, a Mongolian Kung Fu pig and a singing starfish. Written, conceived and directed by Chen Shi-Zheng, with music by Damon Albarn and design by Jamie Hewlett. Monkeys World - the bespoke tent theatre is home to a bar, restaurant and foot massage parlour.

Tickets are available online at www.monkeyjourneytothewest.com or from Ticketmaster on 0844 847 1665 or www.ticketmaster.co.uk Tickets: From £25 | Location: Monkey's World, Outside of the O2, Greenwich, London SE10 0BB

Family ticket offer: 1 x adult paying full price and up to 3 x children for £12.50 each

December 2008
Sat 6th: 3pm, 8pm / Sun 7th: 4pm / Wed 10th – Fri 12th: 8pm / Sat 13th: 3pm, 8pm / Sun 14th: 1pm, 5.30pm / Wed 17th - Fri 19th: 8pm / Sat 20th: 3pm, 8pm / Sun 21st: 1pm – 5.30pm / Tues 23rd: 3pm, 8pm

Fri 26th: 3pm / Sat 27th: 3pm, 8pm / Sun 28th: 1pm, 5.30pm / Wed 31st: 3pm

January 2009
Thurs 1st: 3pm, 8pm / Fri 2nd: 8pm / Sat 3rd: 3pm, 8pm / Sun 4th:1pm, 5.30pm

Until 4 Jan

Mother Goose: celebrating Hackney Empire’s 10th Anniversary pantomime

Once upon a time there lived a kindly storyteller called Mother Goose. She lived in Hackneytopia with her son Billy and all the other fairytale folk. One fateful day two magical sisters, Charity (the good one) and Vanity (the evil one) decide to find out who is the most powerful witch. Charity sends poor Mother Goose a magical golden-egg-laying goose called Princess Priscilla. Suddenly Mother Goose is richer than she ever thought possible, her home is safe and her family is happy. But is this enough? What happens when all you wish for is offered to you on a plate? Can Vanity tempt her to turn against everyone she loves to gain her hearts desire? Will she give away the prized goose she has grown to love… for beauty?

Come along and find out and along the way meet the gorgeous Priscilla, laugh at the antics of Baron Bonkers and Frightening Freda, visit the magic pool in the heart of an enchanted forest where skeletons dance and goblins sing and most important of all – join in the fun, cheering and booing all the way. Packed with spectacle, mayhem, comedy and brilliant music, Hackney Empire’s tenth anniversary production is London’s must-see pantomime this Christmas.

Mother Goose is played by Hackney Empire panto regular Clive Rowe. He won an Olivier Award for his role as Nicely Nicely Johnson in the National Theatre’s production of Guys and Dolls and recently received rave reviews for his role as Feste in Twelfth Night at the Open Air Theatre, Regent’s Park.

Clive is joined by actress and musical theatre star Sharon D Clarke who is a Holby City regular and was recently on the panel of judges in Last Choir Standing. Her musical theatre credits include The Lion King, We Will Rock You, Guys and Dolls and Chicago.

The full cast includes Clive Rowe, Sharon D Clarke, Tameka Empson, Kat B, Anthony Whittle, Susie McKenna, Matt Dempsey, Carl Parris, Abigail Rosser and Alex Ross.Mother Goose is produced by Simon Thomsett, written and directed by Hackney Empire Associate Director, Susie McKenna, composed and musically directed by Stephen Edis, and choreographed by Carl Parris, with set and costume designs by Lotte Colette, lighting design by David W Kidd, sound design by Paul Gavin and creatures designed by Scott Brooker.

Box Office 020 8985 2424 www.hackneyempire.co.uk Tickets £9 - £21.50 (+ concs and group discounts) Hackney Empire, 291 Mare Street, London, E8 1EJ Until 10 January, 2009

Muhammad Ali and Me

A regular performer at Oval House Theatre, last seen in the critically acclaimed Moj of the Antarctic, Mojisola Adebayo and the Ali Collective perform a new play Muhammad Ali and Me from 11 to 29 November, which follows the parallel lives of a Gay Girl Child and a Black Male Hero, Muhammad Ali.

Ali was always full of surprises. He danced in the boxing ring, rapped at press conferences, recited poetry in TV interviews, preached Islam from the back of a Cadillac and invoked revolution in a generation.

So in the spirit of Ali, Muhammad Ali and Me is a rich production full of wonder told through poetry, dance, boxing, African acapella singing, audience interaction and cleverly integrated British Sign Language. Ali even makes a guest appearance through verbatim text and original fight footage, with cartoon animation, pyrotechnics, magic tricks and a superb eclectic 1970's sound track!

Box Office: 020 7582 7680 | www.ovalhouse.com | Ticket Prices £12 / £6 concessions

Dates, Showtimes and Locations

  • 11 - 29 November 2008 | Showtimes: Tuesday - Saturday at 7.45pm | press night 13 November | Saturday matinees 22 & 29 November 3pm | Oval House Theatre, 52-54 Kennington Oval, London, SE11 5SW

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Noughts and CrossesNoughts and Crosses
The Royal Shakespeare Company comes to the Hackney Empire for the first time with Noughts & Crosses. Adapted and directed by Dominic Cooke from the novel by Malorie Blackman.

Inspired by William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, Noughts & Crosses dramatises the thrilling love story of two young people kept apart by prejudice and injustice.

Tel: +44 (0) 20 8985 2424 | www.hackneyempire.co.uk | share this page to a friendinfo@hackneyempire.co.uk

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Tour: Oliver Samuels and Audrey Reid in Guava JellyOliver Samuels, Audrey Reid & Volier Mafee Johnson in Guava Jelly
A comedy set in a rural village featuring two zany characters. Ascot, (played by Oliver Samuels) an uneducated, crude but ambitious, hardworking man, who travelled to the USA and does fairly well, sending back money to reform their hovel in to a home.

It is not just the plot of the story keeps you watching Guava Jelly, it’s the laugh-lines, the comedy of the situation and the comic delivery of the actors. Don’t miss this side-splitting comedy.

Tel: +44 (0) 208 555 0044 | www.ticketmania.co.uk | share this page to a friendb.j.production@btinternet.com

Dates, ShowTime's and Locations

  • 06 - 07 September 2008 | Time 8:00PM | Hackney Empire, Mare Street, London E8 1EJ.
  • 14 September 2008 | Time 8:00PM | City Varieties, Swan Street, West Yorkshire, Leeds LS1 6LW.
  • 20 September 2008 | Time 8:00PM | Opera House, Quay Street, Manchester M3 3HP.
  • 21 September 2008 | Time 8:00PM | Alexandra Theatre, Station Street, Birmingham B5 4DS.
  • 27 September 2008 | Time 8:00PM | Royal Concert Hall, Theatre Square, Nottingham NG1 5AA.
  • 28 September 2008 | Time 8:00PM | Carling Academy Brixton, 211 Stockwell Road, London SW9 9SL.

Othello by William Shakespeare

Frantic Assembly explodes onto the stage with its first Shakespeare production, an electrifying take of Othello, one of the most emotional of Shakespeare’s great masterpieces.  Frantic Assembly are delighted to be working with the Theatre Royal Plymouth and Royal & Derngate to present a lean muscular production featuring nine actors in this brutal tragedy of paranoia, sex and murder.  

A black man in a working class northern town, Othello is a bouncer at the local pub.  In a world of broken glass and beatings in the car park, there’s tension around the pool table, cues in hand and it is all about to kick off.  Fusing a taut adaptation of the classic text with its trademark hard-hitting choreography, Frantic Assembly takes a scalpel to 21st Century Britain, exposing the prejudice, danger and fears which underpin society today. 

The cast are Charles Aitken, Jimmy Akingbola (Othello), Claire-Louise Cordwell, Leila Crerar, Minnie Crowe, Marshall Griffin, Eddie Kay, Richard James Neale and Jami Reid-Quarrell. Adapted and directed by Scott Graham and Steven Hoggett, choreography by Scott Graham, Steven Hoggett & company.

Designed by Laura Hopkins with lighting by Natasha Chivers and sound by Gareth Fry. Soundtrack by Hybrid.

Lyric Hammersmith, Lyric Square, King Street, London W6 0QL | Tickets: 0871 22 117 22 | www.lyric.co.uk | 04 – 22 November 2008


The Royal Shakespeare Company will tour Othello, Shakespeare’s great tragedy of jealousy and suspicion. The production is directed by Kathryn Hunter, whose work as a director includes Everyman for the RSC, Pericles and The Comedy of Errors (Globe Theatre), Mr Puntila and His Man Matti (Almeida, Albery, Traverse) and Glory of Living by Rebecca Gilman for the Royal Court. Kathryn Hunter said:

“With a superlative ensemble of actors we will seek to re-examine the heart of Othello, arguably the most topical and accessible tragedy from Shakespeare's major phase as a dramatist.  At the centre of the play is a marriage between two people of different cultures.  Their union could signal a celebration of difference, a triumph of love over prejudice and intolerance.  But their union is destroyed. ‘Speak of me as I am’ says Othello on the threshold of death. But who is Othello? Who is the other? How do we accept the other? As Ben Okri says ‘rejecting is easy… but facing the complexity of others, their history, their raw humanity - that takes courage.’“

Taking on the title role is Patrice Naiambana, who, as a member of the RSC’s Histories acting ensemble, has recently appeared as the Earl of Warwick in Henry VI, Henry IV, Henry V and (as the Ghost of Warwick) in Richard III, both in Stratford and at the Roundhouse in London.  Many will also remember him as Aslan in the RSC’s stage adaptation of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.  Patrice played Gower in Kathryn Hunter’s production of Pericles at the Globe.

The company includes Natalia Tena in her RSC debut as Desdemona.  Best known for her role as Tonks in the Harry Potter films, Natalia’s other credits include Nights At The Circus (Kneehigh Theatre) and, on TV, Doctors and Afterlife.  Michael Gould, who plays Iago, recently appeared in Women of Troy at the National Theatre and The Ugly One for the Royal Court.

The cast also includes: Hannes Flaschberger (Brabantio), Tamsin Griffin (Emilia), Alex Hassell (Cassio), Clive Mendus (Duke of Venice), Flora Nicholson (Military Clerk), Osi Okerafor (Soldier), Glyn Pritchard (Gratiano), Caleb Rowe (Officer), Robert Vernon (Ludovico), Cath Whitefield (Bianca), Matthew Wilson (Montano) and Miltos Yerolemou (Clown).

The production is designed by Liz Cooke, lighting by Mark Jonathan, movement by Marcello Magni, music by Stephen Warbeck, sound by Ian Dickinson, and fights by Terry King.

Warwick Arts Centre, Coventry
Friday 30 January – Saturday 7 February 2009

Hackney Empire
Tuesday 10 – Saturday 14 February 2009
Box Office: 020 8985 2424

Northern Stage, Newcastle-upon-Tyne
Tuesday 17 – Saturday 21 February 2009
Box Office: 0191 230 5151

Oxford Playhouse
Tuesday 24 – Saturday 28 February 2009
Box Office: 01865 305305

Liverpool Playhouse
Tuesday 3 – Saturday 7 March 2009
Booking open from December 2008
Box Office: 0151 709 4776


Following its premiere in Bromley, Ali Taylor’s poetic and high-energy thriller Overspill transfers to the West End. Ali Taylor’s play was produced by The Churchill in June after jointly winning its Arts Council funded playwrighting competition and will now receive a three week run at Soho Theatre.Overspill follows three young men on a night out in Bromley town centre. Their evening is all ‘booze and burgers’ until a bomb explodes in their beloved McDonald’s and the finger of suspicion is pointed at them.

The issues of youth crime and social exclusion are explored in this poetic, high energy thriller that is both funny and powerfully thought provoking. Overspill is directed by Tim Roseman (Joint Artistic Director of Theatre 503) with a cast including Danny Worters (Market Boy) and Syrus Lowe. Ali’s first play, Cotton Wool, received its UK premiere at Theatre 503 in April, after selling out at the Staatsschauspiel theatre in Dresden. His radio play Eight Feet High And Rising, directed by Jessica Dromgoole, has been recorded for Radio 4’s Afternoon Play and will be broadcast later this year. He has also held an Avron Foundation Young Playwright’s Apprenticeship and had rehearsed readings of his plays at the Royal Court Upstairs and the Young Vic. 

Soho Theatre, 21 Dean Street, London W1D 3NE | Box office:  0207 478 0100 | www.sohotheatre.com Matinees: 18, 23, 25, 30 October & 01 November at 4pm 14 Oct to 01 Nov (press night, 16 Oct), 7.30pm

Oxford Street by Levi David AddaiOxford Street by Levi David Addai
This boisterous and comic new play from Levi David Addai (93.2FM / House of Agnes) looks beyond the glossy facade of the high street at the stories and ambitions of the workers within.

Cast includes: Cyril Nri and Ashley Walters.

Tel: +44 (0) 20 7565 5000 | www.royalcourttheatre.com

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Qunicy/Slippery Fish
Leadin acts from the London comedy circuit perform their solo shows prior to their runs at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Tonight see Quincy, a geezer's geezers!!

Tel: +44 (0) 20 8985 2424 | www.hackneyempire.co.uk | share this page to a friendinfo@hackneyempire.co.uk

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Radio Golf

Set in the United States, Radio Golf is the last in Wilson's cycle of ten plays that examines the African-American experience in the 20th Century. Each play tackles a decade and Radio Golf, the final play in the cycle, focuses on the 1990’s. Radio Golf completed August Wilson’s cycle of ten plays documenting the 20th Century African-American Experience and received its World premiere at the Yale Repertory Theatre directed by Timothy Douglas in 2005 just before Wilson’s untimely death. 

Radio Golf received its Broadway premiere in 2007 at the Cort Theatre and was named Best American Play by the New York Drama Critics’ Circle and is the recipient of four 2007 Tony Award nominations.  Radio Golf will be the sixth play in the cycle that the Tricycle will have premiered immediately after their Broadway runs with previous plays being Joe Turner’s Come and Gone, Piano Lesson, Two Trains Running, King Hedley II and Gem of the Ocean.

The cast is Roger Griffiths (Roosevelt Hicks), Joseph Marcell (Elder Joseph Barlow), Danny Sapani (Harmond Wilks), Julie Saunders (Mame Wilks) and Ray Shell (Sterling Johnson).

An urgent new play by Debbie Tucker Green. Death never used to be for the young… You get up. You go bout your business. You expect to come back.

Tel: +44 (0) 20 7565 5000 | www.royalcourttheatre.com

Rebellion is set in Jamaica and Britain and tells of the lives and loves of two African Princes, as they struggle to find each other following their capture into slavery.

This exciting production features lively dance and music including lovers' rock, reggae, gospel and traditional musical genres.

Tel: +44 (0) 20 8985 2424 | www.hackneyempire.co.uk | share this page to a friendinfo@hackneyempire.co.uk
Reginald D Hunter plus support
Reginald D Hunter - Image courtesy of ShelterIn just a very short time, Perrier Award nominee Reginald D Hunter has become firmly established as one of the most sought after headline comedians on the comedy circuit. Audiences are enthralled by his straight-talking, no-holds-barred approach to some of the most contentious issues of contemporary society.

Born in Georgia USA Reginald moved to the UK eight years ago and is now a London resident. His career has gone from strength to strength. A blend of down to earth honesty and hilarious anecdotes about his life and relationships has captivated audiences around the globe.

Tel: +44 (0) 20 8369 5454 | www.artsdepot.co.uk

The African Company Presents Richard III

What happens to a dream deferred?  Do human beings barred from liberty and the pursuit of happiness dare “mounting barbed steeds to fright the souls of fearful adversaries”?  Posing questions of passion and survival Collective Artistes’ next production, The African Company Presents Richard III is a fast moving drama with serious undertones reflecting issues of cultural assimilation in today’s society. Set in New York in 1821 and based on historical events, The African Company Presents Richard III follows two competing theatre companies performing Shakespeare's Richard III.  

The African Company, the first African American theatre troupe in the United States, has announced its production of Richard III.  A rival white producer has imported a renowned English actor for the same role and fears competition from the increasingly popular African Company.  With the aid of trumped up charges (and an easily swayed constable) the rival producer shuts down the African Company’s theatre, inspiring the troupe to move their production right next door to the rival impresario’s theatre.  A mighty clash of wills ensues, and the pitting of passion against societal mores explodes in riots in the streets of New York City.  Members of the African Company fight to overturn the barriers of slavery, race and immigrant status barring them from freedom, at a time when America supposedly welcomed the huddled masses yearning to breathe free.

Presented by Collective Artistes in association with Makin Projects, The African Company Presents Richard III is written by Carlyle Brown and directed by Chuck Mike.

The African Company Presents Richard III runs from 17 to 21 February, 7.30pm at Greenwich Theatre
Address: Greenwich Theatre, Crooms Hill, London SE10 8ES
Box office: 020 8858 7755 / www.greenwichtheatre.org.uk
Tickets: £18.50, £15.50, £13.50, £9.50 standing (£10.50 students and ROH Access Scheme)

Romeo and Juliet Docklands

Shakespeare’s tale of teenage knife crime, gang rivalry and arranged marriage is updated to the modern day Docklands in a production by Admiration Theatre. The East London based, physical theatre company are to stage the new version of Romeo and Juliet at The Space, situated in the Isle of Dogs. The Space is a multi-arts centre situated in a beautiful 19th century church, replete with stained glass windows. The venue is the biggest theatre in Tower Hamlets, and its location makes it an ideal base for the company to bring Romeo and Juliet to Docklands residents.

The company is particularly keen to engage local young people with the play, and is working with the Isle of Dogs Community Foundation to connect with nearby schools to offer students the chance to see the play for free.  Admiration attained critical acclaim for their all-female production of Ubu Roi at the Courtyard Theatre in 2004. Admiration was founded in 2001 by John Seaforth, Artistic Director.  He is a European trained physical theatre director, who with his company work on experimental approaches to performance, inspired by a wide range of practising artists, traditions and institutions, including Philippe Gaulier, Ella Jaroszewicz, Odin Teatret, the Grotowski Institute and others.

Director John Seaforth

Cast Alec Parkinson (Romeo), Joanne Gale (Juliet), Gus Wright (Mercutio), Louise Munro (Nurse/Lord Montague), Sasha Roberts (Friar Lawrence), Law Ballard (Lady Capulet/ Tybalt)

27 January until 14 February at The Space, 8pm no performances Sun or Mon.
Address: The Space, 269 Westferry Road, London E14 3RS (Canary Wharf tube, Mudchute DLR, Bus D3, D7, 135, N550)
Box office: 020 7515 7799 / www.ticketweb.co.uk
Tickets: £12.50 adults and £5.00

Rudi LickwoodRudi Lickwood - 'I'm a National Treasure' tour to celebrate Black History Month

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This comical and moving tale of unexpected friendship confronts the issues of security and identity through a fusion of performance poetry, theatre, movement and song. Set within the beating heart of London, the chaotic stories of five characters in crisis are exposed through the eye of a camera.

What happens when one generation collides with another and cultural expectations clash? Does the flash of a blade in broad daylight mean the end or the beginning of Security? Find out when age and youth battle as Palestine meets Peckham. Zena Edwards takes storytelling into the twenty-first century. Written and performed by Zena Edwards, directed by Anthony Shrubsall

Every Tuesday special ticket deal of 'pay what you can'.
Bookings: 020 7223 2223 / www.bac.org.uk | 10 - 29 November, Mondays to Saturdays

Sista’s Wid Gags
An international all female line up that’s not for the faint hearted featuring Chicago
Aarona (USA; Jamie Foxx’s Laughapooza), Ava Vidal (Channel 4’s Kings of Comedy) Kerry Godliman (Channel 4’s Spoons) - hosted by Annette Fagon.
Tel: +44 (0) 20 8985 2424 | www.hackneyempire.co.uk | share this page to a friendinfo@hackneyempire.co.uk

Sister Circle London Event

Building Credibility and Respect with Deborah Sawyerr, director, Talawa Theatre Company

Keynote speaker Deborah Sawyerr, director, Talawa Theatre Company  This event will explore the difference between competence and credibility. 

We will examine why Black women sometimes seen as highly competent, but not perceived as credible potential leaders, and suggest ideas for bridging the credibility gap.

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Shoot 2 Win by Tracey Daley, Jo Martin, Josephine MelvilleShoot 2 Win by Tracey Daley, Jo Martin, Josephine Melville

After the sell-out success of Moira Buffini’s Dinner earlier in the year, In Company again collaborates with Southside Arts to bring the pacy and provocative play Shoot 2 Win to the Brockley Jack Theatre. Seven women come together as the netball team, The V.I.P. Crew, on one gruelling day of competition.As the day progresses it becomes clear that the ladies have to overcome their personal problems and differences if they are to succeed.

Originally produced at Stratford East, Shoot 2 Win promises a hilarious evening of fights, tears, joy and shocking revelations, with a first rate cast that includes Lisa Davina Phillip who was recently seen as Pearl in ITV1’s The Royal Today. Produced by In Company & Southside Arts.

Cast includes: Selina Braithwaite, Estella Daniels, Chantelle Dusette, Nichola June, Eki Maria, Lisa Davina Philip, Stephanie Toghill

Tel: 020 8985 2424 | www.brockleyjack.co.uk / www.lastminute.com

Snow White and the Seven Dwarves starring Antonio (Huggy Bear) Fargas

Following the record-breaking success of Aladdin last year, don't miss the Broadway Theatre's spectacular Christmas pantomime. The most magical fairytale of them all will be brought to life from page to stage in an enchanting production complete with stunning sets, beautiful costumes and lots of comedy.

Box office 020 8690 0002. Adults £15 and £13, children £13 and £11, group £12 and £10, family of four £50 and £42.  Broadway Theatre, Catford Until 4 Jan

Stephen K Amos -  Find the Funny
Following his previous sell-out at Artsdepot, Stephen K  Amos returns with a brand new show. Supremely warm and wickedly funny, he has an ability to charm onlookers right  into the palm of his hand.

A firm favourite at the Edinburgh Festival, Stephen has just completed his seventh successful year on the Fringe.

Last years' critically acclaimed stand-up show More of Me toured the UK to packed houses.

Now Stephen is on his second national tour, with a new show - Find the Funny. You will have seen him on Live At The Apollo, The Royal Variety Show and Have I Got News for You - now catch him live.


Box Office 020 8369 5454Tickets   £15 / £13 concessions | www.artsdepot.co.uk - online booking available

25 Oct 2008, Time 8:00pm | Artsdepot | 5 Nether Street, Tally Ho Corner, North Finchley, London N12 0GA
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Talawa Theatre Company - calling actors, stage technicians and playwrights
Talawa is committed to nurturing and developing Black British talent. Two important elements of this work are Talawa Young People's Theatre and The Alfred Fagon Award.

Talawa Young People's Theatre is a 4 week intensive training course for actors and stage technicians aged 18-25. Participants will devise a piece of original theatre and perform it in August at a major central London theatre.

Talawa Theatre Company: Unzipped 2008
Unzipped showcases the work of some of Britain’s most important black playwrights in a unique event from Talawa Theatre Company. Over three evenings industry experts will lead impassioned discussion about Black British theatre, followed by rehearsed play-readings of inspiring new material.

Playwrights such as Trish Cooke and Bola Agbaje will be joined by prominent industry insiders to create a series of unforgettable events. Expect powerful stories and controversial opinions in Talawa’s annual new-writing showcase.

www.talawa.com | www.youngvic.org

Tavaziva Dance’s 2009 Spring Tour including the world premiere of My Friend Robert

Politics and cutting-edge dance collide in the world premiere of the controversial My Friend Robert by award-winning Zimbabwean-born choreographer Bawren Tavaziva, Bawren’s provocative, highly emotive production draws upon his personal experiences and memories of growing up in the newly independent Zimbabwe and looks at how Robert Mugabe’s visionary dreams, empowerment, redistribution of resources and flag-waving on his rise to power in 1980 has led instead to megalomania, economic meltdown, corruption and violence. Resident in the UK since 1994, My Friend Robert is Bawren’s deeply personal comment on the challenges facing Africa today. “This is my most personal piece to date, and it was a project that I could not ignore,” says Bawren, artistic director of London-based Tavaziva Dance. “Choreographing it will mean that I won’t be able to return home for at least one year, it will just be too dangerous for me personally, but it’s a statement I needed to make at this time - I owe it to my country. Criticism of the Mugabe regime is just not tolerated and definitely frowned upon and news of My Friend Robert has already reached the media in Zimbabwe.” Bawren Tavaziva was born in a rural village near Masvingo in Zimbabwe in 1976.

At the age of four his parents decided their family of four boys and three girls needed to move to Harare, where his father found work in the city. Football, Michael Jackson, New Edition and Kung Fu movies viewed at the local community hall in the Harare suburb of Tafara provided his artistic inspiration. Bawren practised the dance styles, karate moves and football skills in the streets where the children of the neighbourhood gathered. As Bawren reached his teens he was drawn to a dance programme created by The National Ballet, targeting talented under-privileged youngsters. He was soon selected to join the City Youth Dance Group where the most talented received extra classes. Within two years Bawren was selected as an apprentice to work with Tumbuka Dance Company, where he remained for five years, touring extensively, visiting the African sub-continent, including South Africa, Botswana, Angola and the Ivory Coast, and Europe, including France, Germany, Switzerland and the UK.

In 1995 Bawren was awarded a scholarship to attend the Montpellier Choreographic Institute’s Summer Festival in France. In 1998 Bawren moved to the UK where he has worked with Sakoba Dance Theatre, JazzXchange, Carol Brown, Phoenix Dance and Union Dance Company. He formed Tavaziva Dance in 2004, following being nominated as a finalist for The Place Prize Award. Concluding with the 30-minute My Friend Robert, Heart of Darkness features four austerely contrasting pieces.

29/30 Jan: Hounslow, Paul Robeson Theatre / Box Office: 0845 456 2840 / www.hounslow.info
4 Feb: Croydon Clocktower Box Office: 020 8253 1030 / www.croydonclocktower.org.uk
6 Feb: Plymouth, Barbican Theatre / Box Office: 01752 267 131 / www.barbicantheatre.co.uk
11 Feb: Showroom University, Chichester / Box Office: 01243 816 206 / www.chiuni.ac.uk
12 Feb: Derby Dance Centre / Box Office: 01332 970 911 / www.deda.uk.com
28 Feb: The Lindsey School, Cleethorpes /  Box Office: 0844 477 1756 /  www.tisart.co.uk
6 Mar: Town Hall Studios, Swindon / Box Office: 01793 601700 / www.swindondance.org.uk
12 Mar: Hawth Studio, Crawley / Box Office: 01293 553636
13 Mar: Patrick Centre, Birmingham / Box Office: 0844 338 5000 / www.dancexchange.org.uk
17 Mar: Carriage Works, Leeds / Box Office: 0113 224 3801 / www.carriageworkstheatre.org.uk
18 Mar: Drill Hall, Lincoln / Box Office: 01522 873894 / www.lincolndrillhall.com
19 Mar: Number 8, Pershore / Box Office: 01386 555488 / www.number8.org
31 Mar/1 Apr: The Place, Robin Howard Theatre, London / Box Office: 020 7121 1100 / www.theplace.org.uk


Tiata Delights 08
Tiata Fahodzi takes residency at the Almeida Theatre for the first time to present its fourth annual new writing season.

This year, two of West Africa’s top hitters – Ghana and Nigeria – join forces in a series of double bills.


The Brothers Size

A Young Vic/ATC co-production

The Young Vic and ATC’s Olivier nominated, sell out production of The Brothers Size returns to the Maria, whilst the first play in Tarell Alvin McCraney’s remarkable trilogy makes its European debut in the Main House. There are two brothers Size.

There is Ogun Size who owns an auto-repair shop, and Oshoosi Size fresh out of prison, who always takes the wrong track. When his ex-cell mate Elegba gives him a clapped out car, true freedom seems just around the corner. Rooted in the rich traditions of West Africa and the American Deep South, Bijan Sheibani’s production underscores the poetry of McCraney’s rhapsodic drama with live percussion, song and dance. The Brothers Size is a tale of extraordinary beauty, lyricism and humanity which explores the bonds of brotherhood. The Brothers Size returns to the Young Vic as part of a second tour which started at the Grec Festival in Barcelona and takes in dates in Oxford, Edinburgh, Scarborough, Manchester and Birmingham.

Cast: includes Daniel Francis (Comedy of Errors and Twelfth Night, RSC), Tunji Kasim (Big White Fog, Almeida and The Cracks in My Skin, Manchester Royal Exchange Studio) and Anthony Welsh who makes his professional debut. Bijan Sheibani is the Artistic Director of ATC. Bijan's production of Gone Too Far! won the 2008 Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in an Affiliate Theatre and recently returned to the Royal Court. The Brothers Size will be directed by Bijan Sheibani with design by Patrick Burnier, light by Mike Gunning, choreography by Aline David and live sound by Manuel Pinheiro.

The Convict’s Opera

The Convict’s Opera relocates a staging of John Gay’s famous work The Beggar’s Opera; to onboard a ship bound for Australia, performed by the ships inhabitants – convicts. As tempers fray during an arduous, many months journey, talk of mutiny is a constant bubbling threat with the potential to disrupt both the entertainment to be performed for the Captain’s enjoyment and the lives of those being transported.  Just as with Gay’s ballad opera, The Convict’s Opera draws on an eclectic selection of music. Taken from the past and present (including reworkings of recent classics such as 500 Miles (The Proclaimers), You’re So Vain (Carly Simon) and Stand By Me (Ben E. King), a range of instruments are used by the British and Australian actor-musicians throughout the production. The Convict’s Opera had its world premiere at Sydney Theatre in Autumn 2008.

One of the lead roles is played by black singer Juan Jackson. Juan plays Harry Morton, a man of mystery onboard the convict ship (and the role of MacHeath in the performance of The Beggar’s Opera). Juan was born in the States and lives in Australia. He has family in the US still and was excited by the recent presidential election. He has a key role in the production (both productions) his career spans musicals, opera, concerts and recording as well as theatre. The cast are being re-united for the UK tour after the world premiere of the play at Sydney Theatre this Autumn. Some of the cast are British and some are Australian.

The Convict’s Opera is written by Stephen Jeffreys and directed by Max Stafford-Clark.

UK tour 2009
15 – 24 January: Salisbury Playhouse/ 01722 320333 / www.salisburyplayhouse.com
27 – 31 January: Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham / 01242 572 573 / www.everymantheatre.org.uk
3 – 7 February: Library Theatre, Manchester / 0161 236 7110 / www.librarytheatre.com
10 – 14 February:  Oxford Playhouse / 01865 305305 / www.oxfordplayhouse.com
17 – 21 February: Nuffield Theatre, Southampton / 023 8067 1771 / www.nuffieldtheatre.co.uk
24 – 28 February: West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds / 0113 213 7700 / www.wyplayhouse.com
3 – 7 March: Warwick Arts Centre / 024 7652 4524 / www.warwickartscentre.co.uk
10 – 14 March: Liverpool Playhouse / 0151 709 4776 / www.everymanplayhouse.com
17 – 28 March: Rose Theatre Kingston / 0871 230 1552 / www.rosetheatrekingston.org

The Harder They Come Hits the West EndThe Harder They Come Hits the West End
Following two sell-out runs at Theatre Royal Stratford East and raising the roof at The Barbican it is set to conquer the West End.

Ivanhoe Martin, the would be Jamaican pop-star turns to crime and finds fame the hard way.

The story, adapted from Perry Henzell’s screenplay, is interwoven with many of the reggae classics made popular by Jimmy Cliff and others.


The Marvellous Adventures of Mary SeacoleThe Marvellous Adventures of Mary Seacole
Embark on an enthralling journey with Mary Seacole, one of the unsung heroines of British History recently voted the greatest black Briton.

Born in Jamaica, she grew up with a passion for travelling, a gift for healing and a profound knowledge of herbal remedies learnt from her Creole mother.

Despite being turned down by The War Office and rejected by Florence Nightingale, she took herself to The Crimea where she set up her unique field hospital called The British Hotel which became a lifeline for soldiers.

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Two Dope Hip Hop Theatre Events both at Hackney Empire and both featuring Jonzi D - The Surgery
Hosted by Jonzi D, The Surgery is Jonzi D Productions' regular showcase of the freshest new Hip Hop Theatre performance including special guest emcees from South Africa - Tha Hymphatic Thabs & Ben Sharpa. - Raw Feat presents Outspoken Dance. Showcasing London's most dynamic dancers, poets and artists, creating a fusion of contemporary dance and hip-hop theatre with spoken word collaborations. Don't miss this packed night of Lyrical and physical fusion. Guest appearances by ShortMAN, Zena Edwards, Kenrick, h20, Sandy and many more!

Tel: +44 (0) 20 8985 2424 | www.hackneyempire.co.uk | share this page to a friendinfo@hackneyempire.co.uk


Thriller – Live is the spectacular, high-octane show specially created to celebrate the career of the world's greatest entertainer and undisputed King of Pop, Michael Jackson. The show which celebrates the musical hits and career of Michael Jackson and TheJackson 5, is moonwalking into the West End after three acclaimed UK tours and standing ovations across Germany, Holland and Scandinavia. To bring to life on stage the distinctive dancing and sound of many of pop's greatest hits, Thriller - Live includes eye-popping video footage and effects together with dazzling choreography by the show's award-winning director Gary Lloyd and additional choreography by five-time MTV award-winning LaVelle Smith Jnr. The Musical Director is John Maher. Thriller - Live was originally conceived and created by executive director of the show, Adrian Grant, a long time associate of Michael Jackson, and author of Michael Jackson – The Visual Documentary. Thriller - Live is produced by Paul Walden and Derek Nicol for Flying Music in association with Adrian Grant for Key Concerts.  

The cast includes former 5 Star lead vocalist, songwriter and Brit Award-winner Denise Pearson, who makes her West End debut. She is joined by award-winning Ricko Baird, who co-choreographed Michael Jackson's number one hit, You Rock My World, and doubled for him in the video. He was also lead dancer alongside Michael himself on the award-winning Dangerous on the Michael Jackson and Friends tour. Also, Layton Williams (the first black Billy Elliot, and star on TV of Jonathan Harvey's Beautiful People); Sterling Williams (18 months as young Simba in The Lion King); and newcomer Kieran Alleyne; are joined by Roger Wright, who created the role of Simba in the original cast of The Lion King and played Marvin Gaye in the West End production of Dancing in the Streets; John Moabi (2008 Evening Standard Best Musical "Street Scene"); Ben Foster (Doody in the West End production of Grease) and Ashton Russell, with Kamilah Beckles; Ivan Blackstock; Jordan Darrell; Jo Dyce; Christabelle Fields; Elliott James; Earl Perkins; Danni Rothman; Emily Rumbles; Ross Sands; Sean Williams; and Yasmin Yazdi.

Thriller Live is booking until 12 April and is showing Tuesday – Saturday 8.00pm Sunday at 7.30pm with matinees on Saturday at 4.00pm and Sunday at 3.30pm.

Address: Lyric Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue, London W1D 7ES
Box office: 0844 412 4661 / www.nimaxtheatres.com/thriller
Tickets: £22.50 - £49.50 + £1 Restoration Levy (all tickets £10.00 off for previews)

Vakomana Vaviri ve Zimbabwe or Two Gentleman of Verona

The last show of the season continues Oval House Theatre's relationship with southern African theatre-makers: Two Gents Productions presents Vakomana Vaviri ve Zimbabwe, a very different take on one of Shakespeare's earliest comedies Two Gentlemen of Verona, directed by Arne Pohlmeier and performed by Denton Chikuru and Tonderai Munyevu.

Two great friends, Valentine and Proteus, vie for the love of the same woman. When Valentine is banished, their friendship is threatened and only through disguise, deception and intrigue are they reconciled.

In a broad, loud, triumphantly energetic township-style the two actors slip into all of the play's fifteen characters, from amorous suitors to sullen daughters, depressed servants and even a dog!

One of Shakespeare's most well-loved plays resonates with the Zimbabwean Experience of exile, powerful rulers and personal allegiances in this adaptation that will make you laugh and cry all at once. 

Box Office: 020 7582 7680 | Oval House Theatre
52-54 Kennington Oval, London, SE11 5SW | www.ovalhouse.com
Ticket Prices £12.00 / £6.00 concessions | Saturday matinee 06 December 2008 at 3pm
18 November - 13 Dececember 2008 | Tuesday - Saturday at 8:00pm

There Ain’t No Black in the Union Jack
Pan Intercultural Arts & Asian Dub Foundation Education presenting as part of PAN’s Arts Against Race Violence initiative.

Tel: +44 (0) 20 8985 2424 | www.hackneyempire.co.uk | share this page to a friendinfo@hackneyempire.co.uk

The Journey, A Theatrical Gospel ConcertThe Journey, A Theatrical Gospel Concert

The Genesis Academy of Performing Arts presents The Journey. A powerful story of a people dispersed from the Promise Land to Ghana, Nigeria, Western Africa, the Caribbean and the Americas.

Witness this amazing journey through a theatrical tapestry of song, spoken word and dance. Genesis Academy of Performing Arts (GAPA) was founded in December of 2005 and re-organised in January 2007.

Through visual and performing arts GAPA provides community outreach programs as well as spiritual and cultural education. Today GAPA is recognised as the first organisation to proclaim Black History month in Toronto, Canada and has now extended its program to London, England.

Directed by The Dora Mavor Moore Award Winner Shadrock Porter

Tel: +44 (0) 20 8858 9256 |www.ticketmania.co.uk | share this page to a friend boxoffice@galleontheatre.co.uk
Kat and Tameka Sketch ShowThe Kat and Tameka Show
Presented by Hackney Empire Limited in association with the artists; An exciting new sketch show by Kat (choice FM, MTV Base) and Tameka Empson (3 Non Blondes, The Big Life).

With special guests Sharon D Clark, Eddie Nestor and Kele Le Roc.

A night of comedy, dance and music. Come and see if Tameka can keep up with the dance steps, if Kat can hit the high notes.

Directed by Susie McKenna.


Tel: +44 (0) 20 8985 2424 | www.hackneyempire.co.uk | share this page to a friendinfo@hackneyempire.co.uk

The Red Room and TUC presents Unstated: Stories of Refugee
You have no home and no money. Those you love were violently wrenched from you. Who do you turn to? What do you turn into? Unstated is a powerful story based on the true testimonies of the men and women who seek refuge in the UK. Sometimes smuggled, sometimes forced from their own land, they wash up in Britain only to endure more hardship and destitution.


The Twilight Rainbow
A celebratory explosion of HOME! It's an antidote to the pain of separation. A pulsing, laughing, bittersweet tour of memories shared by the intimate Theatre Under Fire; a multi-skilled crew of Zimbabwean actors who have all experienced the pain of life as a political asylum seeker.

The show is highly energised, with the heat and exoticism of Zimbabwean culture explored on stage. The actors will use Djembe drums which mimic the distinctive sweet harmonies of rural life and the gumboot stomping beat of a gritty industrial environment.

TORNTorn by Femi Oguns
David and Natasha - a young man and a young woman in love. Two families implacably opposed. Sounds familiar? But in this case the families have never even met each other. One is African and one is Jamaican, and that’s enough for them.

Intractable prejudice and stereotyping overrides rationality, and they will do anything to end a relationship they consider will only hurt their children and shame the family.

Sharp-tongued, witty, provocative and bold, harp-Torn tells a familiar story against an unfamiliar backdrop - inter-racial conflict in our black communities. With Kelle Bryan (Eternal), Jocelyn Jee Esien (Little Miss Jocelyn) and Wil Johnson (Waking The Dead).


Testing the Echo
Written with charm, wit and passion, David Edgar’s new play, Testing the Echo, is a fascinating tapestry about the twisting road to becoming British. Where did Father Christmas originate? How do you feel about men holding hands? What should you do if you spill someone’s drink? Secretly, Tetyana wants to escape her marriage.

Mahmood gets kidnapped for his own good. And the motley crew in Emma’s English class are all looking for something, whether it’s a passport – or a fight. As the day of their citizenship ceremony approaches, Emma’s students begin to challenge some of her dearest-held beliefs.

The Writer Producer Director Triangle - A Guide to Good Practice of Collaboration in the Theatre

Theatre is all about collaboration. Directors work with playwrights, producers work with directors and playwrights work with producers – apart from everybody else involved in a play. It is nearly inevitable to share and develop ideas with others during the production of a play or a West end show. But who will own the copyright in the end product and ultimately can exploit their rights when the show is a success? This seminar will help you to avoid pitfalls and future disputes by guiding you through certain rules and the legal framework of collaboration in the theatre.

Just imagine you are a director and have an idea for a play. Unfortunately, you can’t write and would need to work with a playwright to develop your idea. Or you are a playwright and
have to find a producer, who is prepared to put your play on stage. How do you work out an agreement that is beneficial to both of you and ensures that you don’t lose out when the
play is successful. Or you are a producer and have worked with a director and playwright on a very popular musical – several other producers are now interested in taking the show around the world. In these and many other situations it is wise to be aware of your rights and what’s good
practice when collaborating.

Own-it and Stellar Network have invited a legal expert and representatives of two productions who will give you invaluable advice and answer your questions.

Speakers include:
Harry Karaolou - LG LLP Harry specialises in all aspects of intellectual property law. He has extensive experience of IP
disputes, particularly trade mark, design rights and copyright infringement matters.

Louise Harris Louise has produced and co-produced several plays for the Gutted Film and Theatre Company, a new writing company focusing on Political Theatre, which involved a highly collaborative relationship with the company writer and director.


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Under the Veil
A play on domestic violence. which draws the audience into the realm of the abuser's mind as well as the victim's, it will help the viewer recognise some of the patterns that their own individual life may have taken on and it can aid in the individual making a change in their life from seeing the play which does not give the answer but shows an effect of such a pattern, helping the individual to analyse for herself (in some cases himself ) the extent of the damage they are undergoing and make changes to better their life.

Tel: +44 (0) 20 8341 4421

United Colours of Comedy Sketch Show
Hilarious comedy sketch show by comedians Victor Daniels, Imran Yusuf and James Noskie. Packed with completely bonkers ideas from all over the place including Japan, New Zealand, France and Nigeria... A night of comedy at its best.

Tel: +44 (0) 20 8985 2424 | www.hackneyempire.co.uk | share this page to a friendinfo@hackneyempire.co.uk

Up Against the Wall

A vibrant comedy musical with over twenty great soul and funk songs from the 70s. The New Year at the Octagon Theatre starts with Up Against the Wall, a co-production with London-based theatre company Nitro. Following the success of The Wedding Dance in 2005, this production promises you a wild evening of great soul and funk songs performed entirely live by actor/singers and a five-piece band.

Henry is the leader of The Emperors of Funk, a band full of afros, flares and medallions, performing the greatest soul and funk of the 70s from Shaft to Superfly; Sex Machine to Carwash; Across 110th Street and straight on to Boogie Wonderland. A new girl, Gloria, joins the band as a backing singer giving the band a new lease of life to perform at the legendary Funkfest! This is a dream come true for the band but will the band triumph or will their dreams come crashing down?

Director Paulette Randall, one of the UK’s leading female theatre directors and a former artistic director of the Talawa Theatre Company, fresh from her triumph with Radio Golf at the Tricycle Theatre, London, directs this 70s musical extravaganza.

Cast Donovan Blackwood plays the band leader Henry with Ann Marie Roberts is Gloria, Shelley Williams, Danielle Henry and AJ Lewis complete the cast. Band members include Cheryl Alleyne, Darren Benjamin, Jonathan Idiagbonya, Joseph Roberts and Barry Williams.

Up Against the Wall runs from 29 January to 28 February: Monday to Saturday at 7.30pm at the Octagon Theatre, Bolton
Address: Octagon Theatre, Howell Croft South, Bolton. BL1 1SB
Box office: 01204 520661, or at www.octagonbolton.co.uk
Tickets: from £9


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Salute to the Wailers, the Story of  Jamaica’s 1st Super Group

Starring Perfect Purple alongside Luton’s brightest stars of tomorrow. This show brings together young people from across Bedfordshire, providing a platform for our positive youth to take a stand against gun and knife crime and post-code disputes.

Presented by Mandinka and Perfect Purple in association with ACA Luton & BBC Children in Need.

Salute to the Wailers on 7 February, 7pm show time 8.pm-11.30pm at the Grove Theatre, Luton Address: Grove Theatre, Grove Park, Court Drive, Luton, Dunstable, LU5 4GP Box office: info@acaluton.org.uk / 01582 452 126 Tickets: £15.50 -£17.50 from 01582 602 080

When Angels Collide

Imole Theatre productions presents When Angels Collide

Knife crime is currently the political topic, but what about the victims and perpetrators families, how do they cope with the aftermath - death and the incarceration of their children? When Angels Collide is a play is about two mothers living in South London, trying to grapple with the tragic loss of their teenage sons to knife crime in their community.

A Q&A session will be followed with the actors, hosted by Dr William (Lez) Henry.

Tickets: Blacker Dread, Coldharbour Lane | Emporium Clothing, South Norwood.

Tel: 44 (0) 20 7501 9800 / 07944  897 167 | www.newmindschool.org | share this page to a friendmail@newmindschool.org

03 - 04 October 2008 Time 7:30pm – doors 6.45pm | 1 - 5 Hinton Road, Brixton, London SE24 0HJ

White Boy
The revival of Tanika Gupta’s hugely popular and topical White Boy. Tanika Gupta’s compelling play sets a story of love and growing up against a backdrop of racial tension, gang rivalry and knife crime.
Tel: +44 (0) 870 429 6883 | www.sohotheatre.com


He didn’t know a black person until he was eighteen.  It wasn’t his fault. They just thought it was better that way. Playwright, performer and broadcaster Lemn Sissay – the child of an unlikely liaison between Wigan Social Services, Ethiopia and Eritrea – spent most of his adult life searching for his family.   This extraordinary journey was the inspiration for his award-winning play Something Dark.

Following a familiar theme, Lemn continues searching – not for family but for something more evasive: race. Fusing the lyrical and polemical, Why I Don’t Hate White People is a whirlwind tour of race as seen from one man’s unique and intensely personal perspective.

Exploring this contentious area with humour and originality, Lemn depicts some unexpected race-related situations, from an anti-slavery workshop where he chains up his students and leaves them in the classroom, to the launch of a new Richard Pryor Centre for Equality, which implodes at the opening ceremony.  The result of Lemn’s journey into race is his discovery of the many reasons why he doesn’t, in fact, hate white people.

Lemn Sissay is artist-in-residence at the Southbank Centre. His work includes publications Tender Fingers in a Clenched Fist, Rebel Without Applause and the recently released Listener.  His include plays Chaos By Design, Storm, and Something Dark.

Lemn has recently returned from an expedition to the Antarctic with the charity Cape Farewell to experience the effects of climate change in the region.  Artistically and emotionally moved by the experience, Lemn has fed some of the creative ideas inspired by the trip into Why I Don’t Hate White People.

Written and performed by Lemn Sissay, directed by John E McGrath.

Why I Don’t Hate White People runs from 22 January – 14 February, 8pm (Mon – Sat) at the Lyric, Hammersmith
Lyric Square, King Street, London W6 0QL
Box office: 0871 22 117 22
Tickets: £12, concessions £9

William Shakespeare’s Othello starring Chiwitel Ejiofor


Wig Out

"In this gossamer- laced reality there is never a moment to be without your face, to not be together. One false move and you'll get chopped. One night can leave you legendary or a subsidiary." Enter the legendary House of Light, a hyper-glamorous, uber-competitive drag queen refuge where a daughter who was once a son, can find a family.

While the House are primping and preening for a catwalk showdown with the other houses, drag queen Nina is wooing the delectable Eric as Wilson, a de-camped, make-up free 'straight' gay man. How can Nina/Wilson strut the thorny divide between opposite genders and differing worlds? With sassy music, killer costumes and performed in a club cabaret setting, Wig Out! brings to glorious, vivid life, a riotous, defiant drag queen sub-culture.

Cast members include Kate Gillespie, Kevin Harvey, Alex Lanipekun, Leon Lopez, Holly Quin-Ankrah, Danny Sapani, Craig Stein, Nathan Stewart- Jarrett and Jessika Williams Directed by Dominic Cooke Written by Tarell Alvin McCraney

Tickets £25.00, £18.00, £12.00 Ringside Seating £25.00 per person (no concs) Mondays all seats £10.00 Concessions £5.00 off the top two prices. (avail. in advance for all perfs until 29 Nov and all matinees. For all other perfs, avail. on a standby basis).

25 and under 10 seats in each price band per performance only £6.00 Schools and HE Groups 8+ 50% off top two prices (avail. Tue-Fri and mats) Groups 6+ £5.00 off top price. All discounts are subject to availability and ID maybe required.

To book concessions please call the box office on 020 7565 5000. Sat mats 3.30pm (from 29 Nov) | 20 November 2008 – 10 January 2009, 7.30pm | Royal Court, Sloane Square, London SW1 | www.royalcourttheatre.com

Wig Out! Meal Deal The fabulous Royal Court Cafe will be transformed into a cabaret-style restaurant (look out for some post-show entertainment acts) and we've reserved some of the much-sought-after dinner tables specially for MEAL DEAL bookers. For £45 you will receive a top-price ticket to Wig Out! and a two course meal in the Royal Court restaurant, with a table reservation made at the same time as you book your ticket. To take advantage of this special offer, simply telephone the Box Office on 0207 565 5000 and quote "Wig Out! Meal Deal"!

Workshops: Do You Know Where Your Daughter Is?Workshops: Do You Know Where Your Daughter Is?

Angie Le Mar hosts How Do I Start? Entertainment Masterclass looking at radio, TV and theatre Hackney Empire Studio Theatre, 291 Mare St. London, E8 1EJ

www.hackneyempire.co.uk |  20 Sept, 3pm £10/£5 | Read the Play Review by Honest, smug-free Reviews

Workshops: Do You Know Where Your Daughter Is?Workshops: Do You Know Where Your Daughter Is?

Move With Love Network presents How to Succeed? Looking at  building confidence, self-esteem, and the entertainment business.

Jasmine Dotiwala – MTV Base, Brenda Emmanus – BBC London, Sherry Dixon – Agony Aunt at The Voice, Dionne Grant – Young Voices/Choice FM and Sonia Brown – National Black Women’s Network. Chaired by Angie Le Mar.

Hackney Empire Studio Theatre, 291 Mare St. London, E8 1EJ

Box Office – 020 8985 2424 www.hackneyempire.co.uk  | 27 Sept, 3pm £10/£5 | Read the Play Review by Honest, smug-free Reviews



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Yard Gal

Yard Gal is part of Oval House Theatre's 33% Festival of Youth Arts, celebrating the next generation of new theatre-makers, and features Rebecca Prichard's award-winning Yard Gal, directed by Stef O'Driscoll.  Hackney-born teenagers Marie and Boo take us on a raw and funny journey through 'chatting shit, getting fucked, getting high and doing all the crimes that be going down in the yard'.

They are best mates but things start to go wrong when their loyalty to each other is tested by the destructive reality of the streets. Rebecca Prichard won a Critics' Circle Most Promising Playwright Award for this insider female perspective of the gangland streets of north east London.

Yours AbundantlyYours Abundantly, From Zimbabwe

For the last eight years, foreign journalists have been banned from Zimbabwe. During this time orphaned Zimbabwean children have written to the playwright Gillian Plowman. Yours Abundantly, from Zimbabwe, written by Plowman and directed by Annie Castledine and Ben Evans runs from 30 September to 18 October (Press Night 2 October).

Inspired by these funny, quirky, joyful, sad and often poetic letters , the play tells the story of Nell, a white British woman who, on holiday in Zimbabwe meets a young orphan boy named Enoch. The subsequent correspondence between the two of them , and later his headmaster Boniface, forms the basis of this poignant and heartbreaking tale. As the growing love and understanding between Nell and Boniface and the Zimbabwean children replaces the loss of her relationships with her own husband and children, Nell finds herself with a momentous decision to make.

Cast includes Gillian Wright (known to EastEnders audiences as the character Jean Slater), Aicha Kossoko, Nicholas Beveney, and Zimbabwean actors Denton Chikura and Tonderai Munyevu, offers a powerful glimpse into the lives of those living in the shadow of Mugabe Oval House Theatre.



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