Talawa at 30

Talawa Theatre Company was 30 years old in 2016, and is the UK's primary Black-led theatre company.   Talawa was founded in 1986 by Yvonne Brewster, Carmen Munroe, Mona Hammond and Inigo Espejel.   Talawa is now the primary Black-led theatre company in the UK.   Michael Buffong is Talawa Theatre Company's Artistic Director.

Talawa Theatre Company is a Charity and an Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisation and provides ground-breaking opportunities for Black talent onstage and off-stage.

  • ​Our vision is for a theatre industry which is diverse and representative of the UK’s Black population. Help us make that vision a reality

  • Talawa is a registered charity. We need to raise £600,000 every year to continue our activity. We also re-invest box office income, fundraising and earnings into our work.

    We are increasingly focusing on developing new writers, directors, stage managers, technical talent, designers, and the creative leaders of tomorrow.

    These activities fall under Talawa’s MAKE initiative: A UK wide community of Black theatre makers empowered to create their own path through a range of development activity.

    Talawa MAKE activity includes:

    • Talawa Firsts, an annual Festival showcasing new plays and work by Black writers and theatre makers
    • TYPT, our annual summer school for new and emerging theatre makers
    • Outreach activities, including bespoke or curriculum based workshops for all ages and abilities, which are artistic or related to participants' personal and social development
    • Talawa boosts the writing skills of emerging and established writers, strengthening and ensuring their career growth and position within the industry, through initiatives such as its Script Reading Service, Talawa Writers’ Programme, script development, and Talawa Firsts

    MAKE is supported by the Esmée Fairbain Foundation

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