The Tide 2021


22nd – 29th August 2021

Talawa brings back The Tide, their first production created exclusively for outdoor performance.

The Tide will play a series of dates in Summer 2021 at various locations including Croydon, Stoke-on-Trent and Greenwich+Docklands International Festival. 

All performances are outdoors and FREE.

Duration: 30 minutes

Croydon – Park Hill Park:22 August (2 shows)

Big Feast festival - Stoke-on-Trent City Centre: 27 August

Greenwich+Docklands Festival: 28 + 29 August (4 shows, BSL signed)



The Tide explores the narratives and experiences of migration within the United Kingdom, whilst holding a mirror up to an evolving British culture. 

Unknown land, new arrivals, boarded doors and a suitcase full of hopes, dreams and aspirations. 

The Tide is an artistic collaboration between choreographer Jade Hackett and writer Ryan Calais Cameron and is Talawa's first production created exclusively for outdoor performance.

Having wowed festival audiences in 2019 in a production supported by Without Walls, The Tide will play a series of dates in Summer 2021 in Croydon, Stoke-on-Trent and at the Greenwich+Docklands International Festival. 

Performances will be 30 minutes long and feature a live soundtrack. 

All performances will be outdoors and free of charge.

The Tide is a Talawa Theatre Company, FESTIVAL.ORG, and Breakin’ Convention co-production. 

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  • Michael Buffong, Talawa Artistic Director and Joint CEO

    "The Tide is Talawa Theatre Company’s first production created exclusively for outdoor performance. Its exploration of the narratives and experiences of migration within the United Kingdom couldn't be timelier.”

  • Cast

    David Bennie -  David's passion for dance, music, art/design, teaching and performing was ignited by his experiences as a child immigrant left in the country to survive. Finding things to distract him was David's key to developing his talent and taught him that a willingness to help others smile made him smile. David admits to not being good with words, that's why he uses his body as a language. At the young age of 12, David was struggling with showing how he felt. That's where the Arts school where he learnt to dance, act and make music came in. With each step and each sound becoming a letter, and with each choreography and composition becoming a story, David found himself and learned how to express his true feelings while enlightening or uplifting others. 

    David says: "My body has been itchy to move ever since and luckily, I am now teaching and doing what I love. But my story is not over yet ... " 

    William Brettle – William graduated from Bodywork Company Dance Studios in 2018, training in numerous disciplines such as; Ballet, Jazz, hip-hop and Contemporary.  He is also a member of Elementz Entertainment, a Cambridge/London based hip-hop Company. William is currently exploring hip-hop theatre and other creative pathways and is excited to be working with Talawa and The Tide's creatives. 

    Jono Helsby - A drummer, born & bred in North London, Jono took up drumming at the age of 10 and these days works as a freelance musician and teacher. Heavily influenced by soul, rock, jazz and funk from the 60's and 70's, he applies a strong sense of groove and support to his playing and brings open ears and an open mind to all musical situations. This, along with his willingness to experiment with sound and texture, is what sets him apart.

    Jackie Kibuka - An authentic and passionate movement artist with over 10 years experience and a confident and sassy mover in various dance styles including popping, waacking vogue, breaking, locking, house and Hip Hop, Jackie loves performing and freestyling, and aspires to take her choreographic skills to the next level as well as looking to inspire many others along the way. Credits include Breaking Convention, LFW AW18, Diversity Live, ITV Loose Women, Got to Dance S1, Resolution Festival, Resilience showcase 17&19 and Powerhouse showcase 16&17. 

    Elsabet Yonas -  Elsabet is a movement artist, with a background in hip-hop. Movement is Elsabet's main tool of expression, but also at the core of her work is a passion for storytelling. Recent stage work includes ‘A/Free-Can’ (Zinnema Theatre, Brussels) and ‘What I don’t remember’ (Sadlers Wells, London). Film collaborations include 'Sisterhood' and 'Mariposas', with a focus on broadening visibility for women of colour. Elsabet is also a teacher/mentor leading weekly classes for UCL, Roundhouse & Step In To Dance. She has also been working in her community as a ‘Tottenham UpLIFTer’ on a five-year project making art accessible to teenagers.  

  • Unknown land, new arrivals, boarded doors and a suitcase full of hopes, dreams and aspirations: ‘The Tide’ explores the narratives and experiences of migration within The United Kingdom, holding a mirror to an evolving British culture.

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  • Creatives

    Ryan Calais Cameron – Co-creator

    Ryan Calais Cameron is an award winning Writer, Actor and Theatre Maker. For Nouveau Riche Ryan has written QUEENS OF SHEBA (co-written with Jessica Hagan) and TYPICAL (starring Richard Blackwood) sell-out hits at Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2018 and 2019 respectively, and winning The Stage Edinburgh Fringe Award. He is an alumnus of the Royal Court writer’s Supergroup and the Soho writers’ group. Currently Ryan is under commission to the Royal Court Theatre and has a number of projects in development with theatre and  television companies.

    Jade Hacket – Co-creator

    Hip-hop Theatre practitioner, Jade Hackett, is a dance activist who uses movement to address both social and cultural issues. Using her knowledge of street dance styles, she explores themes around women, the black experience, mass incarceration and freedom of speech.

    Other hip-hop theatre productions include 'Blaze: The International Tour', Lawrence Olivier Award winning production 'The Pied Piper' by Boy Blue Entertainment as well as Zoonations 'Into The Hoodz: Remixed', 'The Mad Hatter's Tea Party' and 'Sylvia'. Theatre plays 'Do not pop' written by Ashley Joseph and 'Nine Night' written by Natasha Gordon. 

    Alison Holder - Producer

    Alison is an independent producer, company producer for Helen Chadwick Song Theatre and producer for The Mono Box.  Recently an English Touring Theatre Forge Associate (2018/19) and producing coordinator at the Bush Theatre.  

    Productions include: The Tide (Talawa); Future Bodies by RashDash/HOME/Unlimited Theatre (HOME and UK tour), Truth by Helen Chadwick and Steven Hoggett(Birmingham Rep, Southbank Centre and UK tour); Becoming by Ayo-Dele Edwards (Stratford Circus Arts Centre); PLAYSTART The Mono Box (The Biscuit Factory); Booby’s Bay by Henry Darke (Finborough Theatre / Wardrobe Theatre/Porthcothan Cornwall); How It Ended by Hannah Khalil (Bush Theatre).

    Through her audio platform LunAH Productions work includes; Barnardo’s Black History and Una Marson Speaks (LunAH). Single (BBCR4).

    Samantha Nurse - Production Manager

    Samantha is a freelance theatre practitioner who has enjoyed a long career as a Technical Stage Manager, Company and Production Manager. She has worked with a diverse range of arts organisations and provides training opportunities to raise the profile of stage mangers and technicians in theatre and live performance. Samantha is particularly interested in new work and bringing the theatre experience to communities.

    Natalie Pryce - Designer

    Natalie graduated from Wimbledon College of Art with a degree in Theatre Design for Performance.

    Theatre includes: Designing; The Ugly Duckling Christmas Special (Hull Truck Theatre); Not Now Bernard (The Unicorn Theatre); The Owl Who Was Afraid of the Dark (The Unicorn Theatre); My Mother Medea (The Unicorn Theatre) After The Ball (Upstairs at The Gatehouse). Costume supervising; The Winter’s Tale (Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre); Things of Dry Hours (The Young Vic Theatre); Ramona Tells Jim (The Bush Theatre). 

    Michael Sebastian - Musician

    Michael Sebastian improvises dance music in real time. His music has the structure of modern electronic, the freedom of jazz, and the depth of world music. Using guitar, vocals, beatbox, and a synth, he layers ideas on the fly, creating a rich, vibrant sound.

    After years developing his sound on the streets of London, Sebastian uses his improvised music in a variety of contexts, from contemporary dance, to clubs. He has recently played his way back from Berlin to London, and spent two months playing in Bali, encouraging improvisation and cross-disciplinary collaboration where-ever he goes.

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