Talawa Firsts July 2021


7th – 16th July 2021

Innovative - Electrifying - Unapologetic

Talawa Firsts is the stage for fresh Black creative voices. 

Watch livestreams of new work from some of the most exciting new Black British writers today, and take part in workshops to develop your creative practice this July. 

Please note - You can only watch the livestream (this is not an public in-person event). There are adult themes and drug references in some of the work. We advise that this work is suitable for people aged 16+

Thursday 8th July:Terror Management Theory / The Smiley Show

Thursday 15th July:14% / Work This Pussy

Stage Manager: Kevanna Etten

Assistant Stage Manager: Waverley Moran



Fresh Black Voices

Talawa Firsts 2021 presents new work from some of the most exciting Black writers working in Britain today.

We'll have livestreamed staged readings, real-world and digital workshops. 

Talawa Theatre Company is the UK's outstanding Black theatre company. For 35 years we have been shining a spotlight on the most exciting Black British talent. 

Our commitment to Black British artists and creatives is stronger than ever.

So, what's planned for Talawa Firsts 2021?

  • Wednesday 7th July - a FREE online workshop with AUDIBLE on writing for audio drama and getting your work on to the Audible platform
  • Thursday 8th July - a livestreamed double bill of new plays by William Nyerere Plastow directed by Ebenezer Bambgoye and Natasha Marshall directed by Tonderai Munyevu
  • Friday 9th July - a real-world workshop at Talawa's Studio at Fairfield Halls led by Kane Husbands all about developing a physical theatre and movement tool kit
  • Thursday 15th July - a livestreamed double bill of new plays from Keisha Thompson and Juliana Ayeni Stevens 
  • Friday 16th July - an Introduction to Playwriting workshop with Cassiopeia Berkeley-Agyepong which will be held in the real-world at Talawa's Studio at Fairfield Halls

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