Talawa at 30

Talawa Theatre Company is 30 years old 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.

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

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

  • ​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

    Participation and Learning

    We run a programme of inclusive outreach activities aimed at supporting artists, giving resonance to the concerns of Black British communities and working with young people to explore issues of importance to them.


    We are now developing the next generation of Black British writers such as Arinze Kene, Somalia Seaton, Theresa Ikoko and Inua Ellams and becoming a home for Black British talent. Talawa is developing a space in which unheard voices can first be heard and is becoming an influential player in shaping a diverse future for British theatre.

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