Talawa Stories: Running With Lions

Original broadcast - Friday 7 May, 2.15-2.45pm - Listen again

A British-Caribbean family struggles to come together after the death of their loved one. With each family member dealing with grief in their own way, they experience challenges to faith and their mental health, and examine the things they do and do not say, as they rediscover the importance of love and joy. 

Talawa Theatre Company and feral inc co-produced Running with Lions as part of Talawa’s 35th anniversary. Talawa Theatre Company is the UK’s outstanding Black theatre company.

Running with Lions was recorded in March 2021 during the national lockdown and in line with Covid safe measures. Sian Davila’s brand-new play features an exceptionally strong cast including Sharon Duncan-Brewster (Sex Education, Netflix), Don Warrington (Death in Paradise, BBC), Sharon D Clarke (Caroline, or Change, West End), Alfred Enoch (How to Get Away with Murder, ABC), and Lydia West (It’s A Sin, Channel 4).

This production features music by the London African Gospel Choir.

It tells a story with compassion, intelligence and atmosphere.

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A Talawa Theatre Company / feral inc production for BBC Radio 4

  • Helen Tope: The Reviews Hub

    ★★★★ “a work of real delicacy, probing the weight that words can carry … played with sensitivity … careful not to oversimplify the lines drawn by politics, culture and race”


    Maxwell - Don Warrington 

    Shirley - Sharon D Clarke 

    Imani - Lydia West 

    Gloria - Sharon Duncan-Brewster 

    Joshua - Alfred Enoch

    Written by Sian Davila 

    Produced by Ifrah Ismail 

    Directed by Michael Buffong

    Sound Design by Steve Bond 

    Sound Assistant: Makashe Ogbon 

    Production Manager: Sarah Tombling

    Executive Producer: Polly Thomas 

    Series Producer: Gill Parry

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