​Heather Agyepong

Talawa Firsts 2017

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Talawa Firsts 2017


14th – 30th June 2017

Tickets - All events are £5

For sold out events we'll operate a returns queue, opening 30 minutes before the performance.

Accessibility - We regret the Studio is not fully accessible at present, but there is a manual ramp available to provide some access, and an accessible WC. We ask anyone with access requirements to confirm details with the Talawa Administrator prior to booking as this will enable us to offer advice and support.

Parking - Nearby parking:

City Road car park 

Chart Street metered parking 

Great Eastern Street NCP car park

Getting Here - Our offices and Studio are at 53-55 East Road, London N1 6AH. At Old Street station, take exit 1 and follow the road up: we're a short walk away. Google map 


Talawa Firsts kick starts the careers of exciting writers, directors and theatre makers. 

The festival brings together a community of artists and gives them a space to meet, spark off ideas, build networks and become the next generation to shape British Theatre.

Each of these artists has gone on a journey with Talawa. They sent in a script, invited us to see their show, or applied for our Studio Firsts programme. 

We have helped them to draw out the stories they want to tell. 

Challenged them. 

Encouraged them. 

Provided them with space, resources, the opportunity to get it wrong, and plenty of tea and biscuits…

We want to continue to find talented new artists, develop them, showcase them, and help them get their work on stage. 

Our vision is for a theatre industry which is diverse and representative of the UK’s Black population.

  • Talawa Firsts Programme 2017

  • Tash Marshall

    "Talawa Firsts gave me hope that my dreams were worth chasing. It was such an inspiring and empowering experience to be part of. I never imagined my story would be heard and they gave me that chance. Talawa Firsts offers an amazing platform for new and raw writing. It was such a turning point for me and and I'm so happy to have been part of it."

    • Heather Agyepong

    Tash Marshall (Talawa Firsts 2016) meets Talawa Firsts 2017 writers and theatre makers

  • Talawa Firsts is supported by The Martin Bowley Charitable Trust

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