Bite Your Tongue by TYPT:17

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Bite Your Tongue by TYPT:17


31st August – 2nd September 2017

7.30pm (curtain raisers), show 8pm

Tickets £8 (£5 concessions)


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

Map and Directions

#TYPT #biteyourtongue

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), and movement director Yami Lofvenberg (Assembly, The Boat, Company Three; Talawa Studio Firsts, Talawa; 2012 Olympics Opening Ceremony).


'Bite Your Tongue' is 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 is the thrilling new show devised by the TYPT: 17 company, London's freshest theatre makers.

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  • Royal Africa Society Review on TYPT:16’s HATCH

    “… an edge of the seat, riveting play that lingers in the body and mind days after. Talawa never fails to walk straight into the crossfire of the social and political minefield, extract the bodies of the wounded and raise them up positively.”

  • 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

  • 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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      Hackney Showroom | Hackney Downs Studios | Amhurst Terrace | London | E8 2BT

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  • Audience Member, TYPT:16’s HATCH

    “Utterly floored by TYPT’s HATCH. Searing performances. So many ideas and so much truth in one piece. Well done all.”

  • Belinda Otas on TYPT: 11’s #I am England

    “#I am England is bang on the money because it brings to the fore, the voice of a generation on the state of the nation, and if these voices are continuously ignored, we have no one to blame but ourselves for the disaster that awaits us.”

  • 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)

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