TYPT is Talawa’s flagship programme for emerging Black theatre makers. 

TYPT teams emerging Black theatre makers aged 18-25 with established Black artists, to co-create a brand new show. 

Whether performer, stage manager, designer or technician, participants gain invaluable experience of every aspect of professional theatre.  

Every element of the devising process is open to the young people taking part - from initial production meetings to script development sessions; from meetings with graphic designers to the get-out. This collective and collaborative approach always creates exciting results.

If you are a young Black person aged 18-25 TYPT is for you. 

  • PLEASE NOTE: Applications to join TYPT 2021 are now closed. The programme will reopen in summer 2022.

  •                 Past TYPT Participants

    Past TYPT participants have gone on to successful careers in theatre, TV and film; working as performers, producers, writers and technicians for a range of organisations including The Bush Theatre, Oval House, Young Vic, and the National Theatre. Among many, they include: 

    • Michaela Coel (Writer / Co-Director / Executive Producer / Actor I May Destroy You BBC One and HBO, Writer/Performer E4’s Chewing Gum and The Aliens, Actor Channel 4’s Top Boy and Home, National Theatre) 
    • Nonso Anozie (Actor HBO’s Game of Thrones, CBS’ Zoo and Disney’s Cinderella
    • Natasha Marshall (Writer / Performer of Half Breed)
    • Heather Agyepong (Actor Girls, Noughts & Crosses, and Amazon's The Power
    • Shanika Warren-Markland (Actor Adulthood, 4321, Brotherhood, and BFI’s Gone Too Far!)
    • Femi Oguns MBE (Director of The Identity Drama School)
    • Sandra Thompson-Quartey (Artistic Director of Writers Avenue Theatre Company and Talent Agency)
    • Tristan Fynn Aiduenu (Writer / Director of Sweet Like Chocolate Boy)
    • Isabel Adomakoh Young (Actor / Writer Romeo and Juliet / Lionboy / Brainchild)
    • Anthony Simpson-Pike (Director Lava at Bush Theatre and Associate Director at Gate Theatre)
  • Members of the Talawa Family - writers, directors actors, producers and former staff members - now work in all areas of British theatre, film, radio and TV, demonstrating the company's contribution to contemporary British theatre and the cultural life of the UK.

  • ★★★★★ The Upcoming (Selina Begum)

    "Run It Back (TYPT:18) defines the rave culture scene ... realising the Black British experience without condescension"

  • TYPT 12: Participant

    "Every day I find myself thrown out of my comfort zone, literally thrown out ... every day I am blessed with the opportunity to work amongst greatness."

  • To each and every one of our supporters, from those who bought tickets to see TYPT shows or who donated, or those whose support is longer-term, thank you from the bottom of our hearts. Your support makes all the difference in enabling young Black people to become involved with theatre-making. 

  • TYPT 2021 is supported by the D'Oyly Carte Charitable Trust, Nike - Black Community Commitment London, and The Leche Trust

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