Talawa’s Mission

Talawa Theatre Company is led by Artistic Director, Michael Buffong. Over the years, as more Black work is produced by mainstream theatres and more Black practitioners make successful careers, Talawa has refined its vision and purpose. 

  • Talawa's Mission:

    Talawa is the UK’s primary Black led touring theatre company. Our work is informed by the wealth and diversity of the Black British experience, and through that we create outstanding work by cultivating the best in emerging and established Black artists. We invest in talent, develop audiences and inspire dialogue with and within communities across the UK and internationally. By doing so we enrich the cultural life of all.

  • In addition to its productions the Company broadens the spectrum of work created by Black artists by commissioning new writing, and the development of ideas through seed commissions.

    The Company runs an annual season of playreadings, Talawa Firsts, which showcases strong plays and work by Black artists looking for full production. Talawa Firsts takes place at Talawa's Studio near Old Street.

    Talawa also runs an extensive Participation and Education programme that includes TYPT, our annual summer school for new and emerging theatre makers, and a range of outreach activities that include bespoke workshops for all ages and abilities. These workshops are usually curriculum-based, artistic or related to participants' personal and social development.

    Talawa boosts the writing skills of emerging and established writers, strengthening and ensuring their career growth and position within the industry, through initiatives such as its Script Reading Service, Talawa Writers' Programme, script development and Talawa Firsts.

  • There are many ways to get involved with Talawa - as a writer, theatre maker, facilitator or creative.

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