Bite Your Tongue by TYPT:17
Bite Your Tongue by TYPT:17
31st August – 2nd September 2017
Time: 7.30pm (spoken word curtain raisers), show 8pm
Tickets: £8 (£5 concessions)
Show duration: 60 mins (+30 mins spoken word before)
Suitable for audiences aged 14+
An extra performance was added due to unprecedented demand: Saturday 2 September at 3pm
Venue: Hackney Showroom | Hackney Downs Studios | Amhurst Terrace | London | E8 2BT
Accessibility: Friday's show was BSL interpreted by Jacqui Beckford.
There was ground-floor, step-free access throughout the building, with accessible unisex toilets.
Disabled parking was also available (one dedicated space)
Directed by Miranda Cromwell (Artistic Director of Twisted Theatre), the TYPT company will also receive specialist mentoring from voice and dialect coach Hazel Holder (Dreamgirls, Savoy Theatre; Angels in America & Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, National Theatre), musical director Mike Henry (Barber Shop Chronicles, FELA!, Amen Corner National Theatre), movement director Yami Lofvenberg (Assembly, The Boat, Company Three; Talawa Studio Firsts, Talawa; 2012 Olympics Opening Ceremony), and designer Sadeysa Greenaway-Bailey (National Theatre, Tricycle Theatre, Birmingham Rep, Royal Court and The Gate).
'Bite Your Tongue' was a thrilling new show devised by London’s freshest emerging Black talent, produced by Talawa Theatre Company
Enough is enough!
How long can we do nothing?
How long can we bite our tongues?
In a city fracturing under the weight of hate and fear, a movement grows.
A new tower can be spotted on the skyline, nestled in between the glittering symbols of the city’s wealth and power.
Built by different hands.
Occupied by different bodies.
As the media becomes more divisive and political leaders lay blame on ‘both sides’, Bite Your Tongue asks whether we should find ways to come together or express ourselves on our own terms.
TYPT puts emerging theatre makers together with established artists to develop their practice, test ideas and produce a brand new piece of theatre in just 4 weeks. The whole TYPT process is open to participants, from initial production meetings to script development sessions; from meetings with graphic designers to the get-out.
Bite Your Tongue was the thrilling new show devised by the TYPT: 17 company, London's freshest theatre makers.
The Friday 1 September performance was BSL interpreted by Jacqui Beckford.
“This raw, angry and powerful show by Talawa Theatre Company’s 2017 TYPT cohort – its flagship programme for theatremakers aged 18 to 25 – is a manifesto made for the stage … “
“Bite Your Tongue uses poetry, gorgeous a cappella songs and dramatic sketches to examine … sharp socio-political divisions … The energetic ensemble … pack an arsenal of ideas into a brief hour. Their insights move from … soapboxing to a rich, complex and often very funny critique of the co-option of activist movements by commercial forces, and the policing of black bodies not just in physical spaces but virtual ones – and not just by white supremacists or an ignorant majority, but within the communities and safe spaces of home.”
Cast & Creatives
Miranda Cromwell - Director
Rachel Clarke - Assistant Director
Yami Lofvenberg - Movement Director
Jasmine Breinburg - Assistant Movement
Hazel Holder - Voice
Mike Henry - Music
Samantha Nurse - Production Manager
Sylvia Darkwa-Ohemeng - Stage Manager on book
Sadeysa Greenaway-Bailey - Designer
Pablo Fernandez Baz - Lighting Designer
Alice Simonato - Assistant Designer
Patricia Nimo - ASM/ Design
James Johnson - ASM
Gail Babb - Producer
Performers / Devisers:
Isabel Adomakoh Young
Writers / Devisers:
TYPT alumni include Michaela Coel (E4’s Chewing Gum and The Aliens, Channel 4’s Top Boy and Home, National Theatre); Nonso Anozie (HBO’s Game of Thrones, CBS’ Zoo and Disney’s Cinderella); Shanika Warren-Markland (Noel Clarke’s Adulthood, Brotherhood and 4321 and BFI’s Gone Too Far!); Sandra Thompson-Quartey (Artistic Director of Writers Avenue Theatre Company and Talent Agency); Femi Oguns MBE (Director of The Identity Drama School); Tash Marshall (Talawa Theatre Company and Soho Theatre's Half Breed)
Michaela Coel, Writer and Performer, BAFTA Winner ‘Best Female Performance in a Comedy Programme’ and ‘Breakthrough Talent’ 2016, and TYPT:09 alumna
"I came to TYPT looking for the empowerment to develop as a performer and writer, and I certainly succeeded, we all did. Talawa’s enduring faith in developing new artists is remarkable and for my own journey TYPT was the biggest part of that."