Talawa Stories

Three new audio dramas from Talawa Theatre Company and feral inc. for BBC Radio 4

On Friday 7th, 14th and 21st May, listeners to BBC Radio 4 were in for an audio treat: three original plays by by three promising young writers. 

Sian Davila, Charles Entsie and Roberta Livingston worked with Talawa Theatre Company and producers feral inc. to create showcase audio dramas, broadcast to coincide with Talawa Theatre Company’s 35th anniversary.


  • Michael Buffong, Artistic Director and Joint CEO, Talawa Theatre Company

    "With these three stories, Talawa’s commitment to broadening and enriching the canon of British playwriting takes us in new directions. We are the UK’s outstanding Black theatre company for a reason; the quality of our artists’ work. And to be able to share that on Radio 4 is a delight.”

  • In Running with Lions a death challenges a British-Caribbean family as each of them experiences their unique reactions to loss. Sian Davila’s script is directed by Talawa Theatre’s Artistic Director, Michael Buffong. 

    Charles Entsie tackles sexuality and identity in his play NSA, directed by Jade Lewis. 

    Roberta Livingston offers a comedic exploration of class and gender in Precious Little Thing, directed by Anastasia Osei-Kuffour..

  • The Reviews Hub

    ★★★★ “a work of real delicacy"

  • The Reviews Hub

    ★★★★ "get beneath the surface of two characters you never see"

  • The Reviews Hub

    ★★★★ "a treasure of a short play”


  • With cast members including Sharon D Clarke, Lydia West, Don Gilet, Jocelyn Jee Esien, Sharon Duncan-Brewster, Don Warrington, Alfred Enoch, Idris Debrand, Tuyen Do and Jacoba Williams - Talawa Stories provided atmospheric and rich audio dramas for audiences just as the lockdown from the Covid-19 pandemic eased.


    Supported by the Noel Coward Foundation

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