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

OffWestEnd Award nominations:Best New Play, Best Performance Ensemble

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.

★★★★ The Guardian

★★★★ WhatsOnStage

★★★★★ Theatre Weekly

★★★★★ Ham & High

★★★★ Broadway World

"Performed by a dynamite cast... the acting is beautiful" The Times 

"Full of charm and hilarity... shot through with humour" The Independent

"Absorbing, nuanced performances" The Stage

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

  • As their city moves on without them, 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, this is a play about shifting communities, the traditions we choose to fight for and the ones we have to leave behind. In one moment laugh-out-loud funny and the next deeply moving, it looks at where we live, how we live and the people who struggle to live in the place they call home.

    From the razor-sharp mind of playwright and stand-up comedian Archie Maddocks, A Place for We has been described as "The funniest play of the year" ★★★★★ Theatre Weekly and "Full of subtlety and naturalism" ★★★★ The Guardian.

    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.

    This production has also received two OffWestEnd Award nominations: Best New Play, Best Performance Ensemble.

  • 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."

  • Whats On Stage

    "This production has been a long time coming... but rest assured, it has been worth the wait" ★★★★

  • The Guardian

    "Full of subtlety and naturalism" ★★★★

  • Theatre Weekly

    "The funniest play of the year" ★★★★★

  • Ham & High

    "An electrifying night out" ★★★★★

  • 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  

    • Mark Douet

    Michael Buffong and Archie Maddocks talk about A Place for We

  • 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.

  • The Times

    "Performed by a dynamite cast... the acting is beautiful"

  • The Stage

    "Absorbing, nuanced performances"

  • The Independent

    "Full of charm and hilarity... shot through with humour"

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