A Place for We
7th October – 6th November 2021
7th October - 6th November 2021
Park Theatre and Talawa Theatre Company present the World Premiere
A Place for We
By Archie Maddocks | Directed by Michael Buffong
OffWestEnd Award Winner:Best Performance Ensemble
Olivier Award Nominee: Outstanding Achievement in Affiliate Theatre
A Place for We by Archie Maddocks, Directed by Michael Buffong
A funeral parlour.
An urban-zen enoteca and conscious eatery.
Park Theatre and Talawa Theatre Company proudly present the World Premiere of Archie Maddocks's A Place for We, directed by Michael Buffong.
★★★★ The Guardian
★★★★★ Theatre Weekly
★★★★★ Ham & High
★★★★ Broadway World
"Performed by a dynamite cast... the acting is beautiful" The Times
"Full of charm and hilarity... shot through with humour" The Independent
"Absorbing, nuanced performances" The Stage
One building in Brixton tells the story of London’s changing communities over three very different generations.
As their city moves on without them, Trinidadian funeral director Clarence and fifth generation pub owner George don’t want things to change. But everything around them is changing. Do they adapt to survive? Or stay true to their roots and risk it all... family, tradition, business?
In the wake of the Windrush scandal, this is a play about shifting communities, the traditions we choose to fight for and the ones we have to leave behind. In one moment laugh-out-loud funny and the next deeply moving, it looks at where we live, how we live and the people who struggle to live in the place they call home.
From the razor-sharp mind of playwright and stand-up comedian Archie Maddocks, A Place for We has been described as "The funniest play of the year" ★★★★★ Theatre Weekly and "Full of subtlety and naturalism" ★★★★ The Guardian.
A Place for We was shortlisted in 2017 for both the Bruntwood Prize and Alfred Fagon Award, it was first performed as a staged reading at Talawa Firsts 2018 and is directed by Talawa’s Artistic Director Michael Buffong.
This production has also won the OffWestEnd Award for Best Performance Ensemble and has been nominated for an Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in Affiliate Theatre.
Michael Buffong, Director of A Place For We and Artistic Director and Joint CEO of Talawa Theatre Company
"In Talawa’s 35-year history we’ve been at the forefront of presenting the issues faced by our communities. More than ever, gentrification is the pressing issue of our day, in Finsbury Park and across Britain’s cities. Archie’s play, A Place for We, grabbed us when we first read it in 2017. We programmed it in our new writing season Talawa Firsts in 2018, and the response confirmed our instincts; here was a special story from a special storyteller. We are so very pleased to present the full production to this audience at Park Theatre."
Here's the trailer
Best Performance Ensemble
Outstanding Achievement in Affiliate Theatre
Whats On Stage
"This production has been a long time coming... but rest assured, it has been worth the wait" ★★★★
"Full of subtlety and naturalism" ★★★★
"The funniest play of the year" ★★★★★
Ham & High
"An electrifying night out" ★★★★★
David Webber (Barber Shop Chronicles, National Theatre; The Children Act) and Blake Harrison (World on Fire; The Inbetweeners) will be part of the exciting cast for the world premiere co-production of A Place for We.
Further casting includes Joanna Horton (Fish Tank; Othello, The Globe), Laurence Ubong Williams (The Welkin, The National; Stop and Search, Theatre503), Kirsty Oswald (The Girl on the Train, UK Tour / West End; Things I Know To Be True, Frantic Assembly) and Harold Addo (Holes, Nottingham Playhouse/ UK Tour; Spring Awakening, Young Vic).
Headshots and full credits below.
About Archie Maddocks
Archie is a multi award winning/nominated Writer and Stand Up Comedian. As a writer, he’s had work produced at the Bush Theatre, Lyric Hammersmith, Orange Tree Theatre, Royal Court, and in New York at the New Light Theatre, has had a play produced for BBC Radio 4 and has several projects in active development for TV and Film. He’s been a part of the BBC Writers Room "London Voices" and in 2018 he was selected as part of the prestigious 4Screenwriting course. He was also the Writer in Residence at BBC Radio Drama.
A Place for We was shortlisted for the Bruntwood Prize and the Alfred Fagon Award.
As a Stand-Up Comedian, he's worked in the biggest clubs in the UK, and as fair afield as South Africa and the USA. He’s taken four Solo shows to the Edinburgh fringe, which have all garnered 4 and 5 star reviews and has transferred the last two shows to Soho Theatre. Two of his shows can be viewed on NextUp.com, an online platform exclusively for stand up comedy.
WRITER | ARCHIE MADDOCKS
DIRECTOR | MICHAEL BUFFONG
SET & COSTUME DESIGNER | LOUIE WHITEMORE
LIGHTING DESIGNER | SHERRY COENEN
SOUND DESIGNER | TONY GAYLE
COSTUME SUPERVISOR | CLAIRE NICOLAS
ASSOCIATE SOUND DESIGNER | BELLA KEAR
ASSISTANT DIRECTOR | LO FELICIANI OJEDA
PRODUCTION MANAGER | JEROME REID
PRODUCTION ELECTRICIAN & PROGRAMMER | JAKE LAWRENCE
COSTUME ASSISTANT | ANDRAS JACOBS
COMPANY STAGE MANAGER | KALA SIMPSON
ASSISTANT STAGE MANAGER | EMILY MEI-LING PEARCE
STAGE MANAGEMENT INTERN | TAYLA HUNTER
PRODUCER | DANIEL COOPER
- Mark Douet
Michael Buffong and Archie Maddocks talk about A Place for We
Shortlisted for both the Bruntwood Prize and Alfred Fagon Award, A Place for We explores the need to survive in an ever-changing London community whilst battling with the desire to stay true to family, heritage and tradition.
"Performed by a dynamite cast... the acting is beautiful"
"Absorbing, nuanced performances"
"Full of charm and hilarity... shot through with humour"