Bite Your Tongue by TYPT:17

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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+

Extra performance: Saturday 2 September, 3pm


Venue: Hackney Showroom | Hackney Downs Studios | Amhurst Terrace | London | E8 2BT

Map and Directions

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 also received 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 asked 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.

  • The Stage

    “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 … “

  • 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.”

  • 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:
    Akuc Bol
    Aminita Francis
    Olivier Kitenge
    Dorcas Stevens
    Esme Allman
    Isabel Adomakoh Young
    Monica Siyanga
    Nelson Ekaragha
    Tre Gordon
    Yazmin Belo

    Writers / Devisers:
    Chisara Agor
    Kelly Roberts
    Roberta Livingston

  • TYPT alumni include Michaela Coel (E4’s Chewing Gum and The AliensChannel 4’s Top Boy and HomeNational Theatre); Nonso Anozie (HBO’s Game of Thrones, CBSZoo 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."

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