A Place for We

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7th October – 6th November 2021

7th October - 6th November 2021

Park Theatre and Talawa Theatre Company present the World Premiere

A Place for We

By Archie Maddocks | Directed by Michael Buffong

Booking, captioned/audio-described performances and accessibility

Overview

A Place for We by Archie Maddocks, Directed by Michael Buffong

A funeral parlour. 

A pub. 

An urban-zen enoteca and conscious eatery. 

Park Theatre and Talawa Theatre Company proudly present the World Premiere of Archie Maddocks's A Place for We, directed by Michael Buffong.

  • One building in Brixton tells the story of London’s changing communities over three very different generations.

  • Trinidadian funeral director Clarence and fifth generation pub owner George don’t want things to change. But everything around them is changing. Do they adapt to survive? Or stay true to their roots and risk it all ... family, tradition, business?

    In the wake of the Windrush scandal, Archie Maddocks' bittersweet comedy holds a mirror up to the ever-changing face of London’s communities in search of their common beating heart.

    A Place for We was shortlisted in 2017 for both the Bruntwood Prize and Alfred Fagon Award, it was first performed as a staged reading at Talawa Firsts 2018 and is directed by Talawa’s Artistic Director Michael Buffong.

  • “There’s five generations of tradition in these walls.”

  • Michael Buffong, Director of A Place For We and Artistic Director and Joint CEO of Talawa Theatre Company

    "In Talawa’s 35-year history we’ve been at the forefront of presenting the issues faced by our communities. More than ever, gentrification is the pressing issue of our day, in Finsbury Park and across Britain’s cities. Archie’s play, A Place for We, grabbed us when we first read it in 2017. We programmed it in our new writing season Talawa Firsts in 2018, and the response confirmed our instincts; here was a special story from a special storyteller. We are so very pleased to present the full production to this audience at Park Theatre."

  • Cast

    David Webber (Barber Shop Chronicles, National Theatre; The Children Act) and Blake Harrison (World on FireThe Inbetweeners) will be part of the exciting cast for the world premiere co-production of A Place for We

    Further casting includes Joanna Horton (Fish TankOthello, The Globe), Laurence Ubong Williams (The Welkin, The National; Stop and Search, Theatre503), Kirsty Oswald (The Girl on the Train, UK Tour / West End; Things I Know To Be True, Frantic Assembly) and Harold Addo (Holes, Nottingham Playhouse/ UK Tour; Spring Awakening, Young Vic).

    Headshots and full credits below.

  • About Archie Maddocks

    Archie is a multi award winning/nominated Writer and Stand Up Comedian. As a writer, he’s had work produced at the Bush Theatre, Lyric Hammersmith, Orange Tree Theatre, Royal Court, and in New York at the New Light Theatre, has had a play produced for BBC Radio 4 and has several projects in active development for TV and Film. He’s been a part of the BBC Writers Room "London Voices" and in 2018 he was selected as part of the prestigious 4Screenwriting course. He was also the Writer in Residence at BBC Radio Drama.

    A Place for We was shortlisted for the Bruntwood Prize and the Alfred Fagon Award.

    As a Stand-Up Comedian, he's worked in the biggest clubs in the UK, and as fair afield as South Africa and the USA. He’s taken four Solo shows to the Edinburgh fringe, which have all garnered 4 and 5 star reviews and has transferred the last two shows to Soho Theatre. Two of his shows can be viewed on NextUp.com, an online platform exclusively for stand up comedy.

  • Creatives

    WRITER | ARCHIE MADDOCKS
    DIRECTOR | MICHAEL BUFFONG
    SET & COSTUME DESIGNER | LOUIE WHITEMORE
    LIGHTING DESIGNER | SHERRY COENEN
    SOUND DESIGNER | TONY GAYLE 
    COSTUME SUPERVISOR | CLAIRE NICOLAS 
    ASSOCIATE SOUND DESIGNER | BELLA KEAR
    ASSISTANT DIRECTOR | LO FELICIANI OJEDA 
    PRODUCTION MANAGER | JEROME REID 
    PRODUCTION ELECTRICIAN & PROGRAMMER | JAKE LAWRENCE 
    COSTUME ASSISTANT | ANDRAS JACOBS 
    COMPANY STAGE MANAGER | KALA SIMPSON
    ASSISTANT STAGE MANAGER | EMILY MEI-LING PEARCE
    STAGE MANAGEMENT INTERN | TAYLA HUNTER 


    PRODUCER | DANIEL COOPER  

  • The Arts Desk

    "What a talent is here unlocked. Look out for Archie Maddocks. He has much to tell us." ★★★★

  • Afridiziak

    "Pushes the boundaries of modern playwriting"

  • Shortlisted for both the Bruntwood Prize and Alfred Fagon Award, A Place for We explores the need to survive in an ever-changing London community whilst battling with the desire to stay true to family, heritage and tradition.

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