Talawa Stories: Running With Lions

Friday 7 May, 2.15-2.45pm 

A British-Caribbean family struggles to come together after the death of their loved one. With each family member dealing with grief in their own way, they experience challenges to faith and their mental health, and examine the things they do and do not say, as they rediscover the importance of love and joy. 

Talawa Theatre Company and feral inc co-produced Running with Lions as part of Talawa’s 35th anniversary. Talawa Theatre Company is the UK’s outstanding Black theatre company.

Running with Lions was recorded in March 2021 during the national lockdown and in line with Covid safe measures. Sian Davila’s brand-new play features an exceptionally strong cast including Sharon Duncan-Brewster (Sex Education, Netflix), Don Warrington (Death in Paradise, BBC), Sharon D Clarke (Caroline, or Change, West End), Alfred Enoch (How to Get Away with Murder, ABC), and Lydia West (It’s A Sin, Channel 4).

This production features music by the London African Gospel Choir.

It tells a story with compassion, intelligence and atmosphere.

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Maxwell - Don Warrington 

Shirley - Sharon D Clarke 

Imani - Lydia West 

Gloria - Sharon Duncan-Brewster 

Joshua - Alfred Enoch

Written by Sian Davila 

Produced by Ifrah Ismail 

Directed by Michael Buffong

Sound Design by Steve Bond 

Sound Assistant: Makashe Ogbon 

Production Manager: Sarah Tombling

Executive Producer: Polly Thomas 

Series Producer: Gill Parry

A Talawa Theatre Company / feral inc production for BBC Radio 4

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