FAQs

GENERAL

What does Talawa do?
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 through commissioning new writing, and the development of ideas through seed commissions. The Company runs an annual season of play readings, Talawa Firsts, which showcase strong plays and work by Black artists looking for full production. 

The Company 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 also 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.

For further information, visit our About Us page.

How do I find you?
Our offices and Studio are located at Rich Mix, 35-47 Bethnal Green Road, London E1 6LA.

Google map

From Shoreditch High street station, take the main exit and follow the road up: it’s about a three minute walk from the station.

What are your office opening hours?
We’re open from 10am until 6pm, Monday to Friday.

Do you have parking at your offices?
Unfortunately we do not have designated parking for visitors, but there are many nearby parking facilities:

Great Eastern Street NCP car park: http://bit.ly/1K8CF43
Broadgate Car Park: http://bit.ly/2hdRP2F
NCP Car Park London Finsbury Square: http://bit.ly/2yWz0ur

Where do I find out about what shows you are touring?
For information about our upcoming shows, please go to Coming Soon under our Productions page.

How do I get in touch with someone about the projects you’re running?
You can contact us via our Contact page where you can find the relevant person to be in touch with. Updates are also made to our website on a weekly basis, so you can also keep up to date via our website.

Does Talawa offer skills classes?
From time to time we offer skills workshops as one-off events throughout the year. To keep up to date with these events, sign up to our mailing list.

What is TYPT?
TYPT is Talawa Theatre Company's flagship programme for emerging theatre makers aged 18-25. Through a 4-week intensive and year-round support, we provide a unique stepping stone for performers, directors, designers and technicians at the beginning of their careers. You can find out more here.

What is MAKE?
MAKE is a community of Black artists. We will offer a programme of activity that ranges from grassroots workshops, opportunities to develop, create and collaborate, and support in sustaining a career in the arts.

For more information visit the MAKE page.

How can I get involved with youth work with Talawa?
Talawa works with people of all ages and abilities in a variety of settings. Our work with these groups follows two directions, and supports lifelong learning through:

Our artistic programme: this involves educational packages connected to our productions;

Our bespoke workshop programme: we create projects and residences to meet the needs of students, participants and theatre makers.

For information about becoming a facilitator through Talawa, or for employment opportunities contact Gail Babb, Producer for Participation and Learning at gail@talawa.com.

I’m a facilitator. How can I get involved with Talawa?
For information about becoming a facilitator through Talawa, or for employment opportunities contact Gail Babb, Producer for Participation and Learning at gail@talawa.com.

What is Talawa Firsts?
Talawa Firsts is an unmissable season of firsts, showcasing new talent, and building skills and networks.

Talawa Firsts aims to kick start the careers of exciting writers, directors and theatre-makers. We aim to create a community of artists who - through Talawa - can meet each other, spark off ideas, build a network, and together become the next generation to influence the future of British theatre.

For more information visit the Talawa Firsts page.

What is Studio Firsts?
Studio Firsts is a research and development opportunity for emerging theatre makers that is offered up to three times per year. Each theatre-maker who is successful receives one week in the Studio and tailored support from our team.

For further information visit the Studio Firsts page.

Do you have a network I can join?
We’re currently looking at ways that we can improve connections with our network of theatre makers. We’re in the process of trialling a series of meet and greets and information sessions to develop this idea. If you’d like to be involved, please email hq@talawa.com with your CV and we’ll add you to our database.

I’d like to invite Talawa Alumni to an event. How do I do that?
To invite a member of Talawa Alumni to an event you’re holding, please email hq@talawa.com with the full details and how to RSVP for the event. We’ll forward the invitation on to the Alumni and ask them to RSVP directly to you.


YOUR WORK

How do I invite Talawa to read/see my work?
We try to attend events whenever we can, but we’re a small team so we try to share the responsibility as much as possible. To invite a member of the team to an event you’re holding, please email hq@talawa.com with the full details and how to RSVP for the event, giving at least two weeks’ notice. We’re not always able to make it, but will try our best to!

How do I get my script read by a member of the Talawa staff?
We welcome script submissions from Black writers in the UK (people of African and Caribbean origin). We have up to 3 script submissions windows per year and it’s totally free to use. For further information visit the Script Reading Service page.

We regret that outside of the script submission window we are not able to read unsolicited scripts.

Would you consider producing my play?
Our programming team at Talawa are often looking for new work to showcase in Talawa Firsts. If you would like to be considered to show a piece of work, please get in touch with Jane Fallowfield, Literary Associate at jane@talawa.com.

You may also like to submit your play to our Script Reading Service, available totally free up to three times a year.

How do I get in touch with someone about producing help?
We are a small team which means that we’re not able to produce work for other artists. However, we are in touch with several independent producers who specialise in Black work. Send us a brief email with a project outline to hq@talawa.com. We’ll then forward on your brief to a suitable venue/producer to be in touch with you directly.

For further information about how to produce work please visit these websites, which are both incredible resources:

Black Theatre Live http://blacktheatrelive.co.uk/

Stage One http://stageone.uk.com/

Do you programme work from non-UK residents?
Unfortunately we do not have the capacity to explore programming work from overseas theatre makers at this time, but there are incredible resources available online that aim to connect theatre makers with venues all over the UK: one resource we know of is Tour Finder and it’s located here.


MARKETING & PRESS

How can I spread the word about a project I'm doing?
If you’d like us to retweet something on Twitter, share a post on Facebook, an image/link on Instagram, or include something in our fortnightly newsletter please send an email to hq@talawa.com with full details (and if it’s a tweet, the 140 character tweet edited and ready to go). 

Please be aware that we do not guarantee that we will circulate it. Do include the crucial information of what, where, when and how to purchase tickets. If you have a press release for the event please include it.

Is Talawa on social networks?
Of course we are! We’re on Twitter (@TalawaTheatreCo), Facebook (@TalawaPresents) and Instagram (@talawatc). Follow us!

We’re also on Pinterest and Flickr.

I’m a member of the press and I would like to interview a member of the team. How can I arrange this?
For PR opportunities, please contact our press agent Nick Pearce at Nick.Pearce@target-live.co.uk.

Sign up to our newsletter here.


CASTING/VACANCIES

Can I submit my CV to you for future castings/recruitment?
To be considered for casting opportunities, please submit your CV and/or spotlight PIN and a headshot to hq@talawa.com. We’ll add you to our database and share opportunities as they become available, so please give us your most up to date email address.

I’d like to audition for your next tour. How can I do that?
To be considered in Talawa productions, please submit your CV and/or spotlight PIN and a headshot to hq@talawa.com with a covering letter. We’ll be in touch if you’re suitable and we’d like to meet you. We usually work with a casting director, so if you have an agent please also communicate your interest in Talawa with them.

Do you have a casting agency?
We’re a small team and so outsource the bulk of our casting needs, but we do keep a database of actors, creatives, technicians and so forth for opportunities that other organisations ask us to help find theatre makers for. To be considered in casting opportunities, or if you’re a creative, technician, musician, director (and so forth!) please submit your CV and/or spotlight PIN and a headshot to hq@talawa.com. We’ll add you to our database and share opportunities as they become available, so please give us your most up to date email address.

I’m looking for actors to work on my project. Can you help?
We have a database of actors who we regularly share project vacancies for. We have a strict policy that the opportunity must pay at least ITC/Equity minimum fees. We’re not able to pass on vacancies that are unpaid or expenses only. If you are able to fulfil this requirement, please email the job description to hq@talawa.com stating relevant dates, fees and deadlines and an appropriate form of contact for the actor to be in touch. We’ll forward on the opportunity to actors who fit the criteria you’re looking for.

As we’re a small team, we regret that we cannot administrate the selection process any further than that, and will ask actors to get in touch with you directly.

Where can I get information about any vacancies you have?
For information about any upcoming or available vacancies, please sign up to our newsletter where we post out information on a weekly basis. You can also keep up to date with available opportunities by reading our blog.


THE ARCHIVE

Where is your archive?
Our archive is held by the V&A Department of Theatre and Performance on Blythe Road in Kensington and is totally free to use, by appointment only.

The archive is open Tuesday-Friday 10.15am-4.30pm, and is wheelchair accessible.

How do I access material at the Talawa archive?
To access the Talawa archive, contact the V&A Department of Theatre and Performance at tmenquiries@vam.ac.uk or 020 7942 2723. To access the archive you will need to book an appointment, provide photo I.D. and a readers ticket.

Additionally, you can view the catalogue of items in the Talawa Archive here.

Can I take information out of the Talawa archive?
We regret that it is not possible to take items out of the Talawa archive.

Is it free to use?
It’s absolutely free, and you can visit the archive as many times as you want. You will just need to make sure you book an appointment in advance.

I’d like to use some material from the Talawa archive for a project I’m working on. How do I do that?
For information about accessing material for a project, please contact Ramona Riedzewski, Archivist and Conservation Manager at tmenquiries@vam.ac.uk or 020 7942 2723.


EDUCATION

I’m a student and need advice about a piece of work I’m doing.
For information about the company for an educational project, please visit the About Us page. You can also visit the Talawa archive for historical information.

Can I interview someone from Talawa for my project?
We’re a small team so we try to fit in requests when we can, but if you’re able to be flexible it really helps us out a lot. If you are able to consider telephone interviews or written questionnaires that especially allows us to be a bit more flexible with requests. To put in a request for an interview, please email Sanjit Chudha, Marketing and Communications Manager at marketing@talawa.com.

Do you offer work experience/internships and are they paid?
From time to time we are able to offer work experience placements as part of higher education and university study. To submit your interest for working with us, please send a CV and covering letter to Gail Babb, Producer for Participation and Learning at gail@talawa.com.

We regret that we are not able to offer internships at this time.

I'd like to see the King Lear film. How do I obtain a copy?
King Lear is now available on Digital Theatre+, the educational wing of Digital Theatre. Copies can be obtained from here. It is available as part of a subscription package marketed to educational institutions. The DVD is not currently available for general sale.

HIRES

How do I hire a space from you?
We regret that we are not currently able to offer space for hire.

Do you offer free space/discounts?
We offer Studio Firsts, a research and development opportunity for emerging theatre makers that is offered twice per year. Each theatre-maker who is successful receives one week in the Studio and tailored support from our team. Click on the following link for more information about Studio Firsts.

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