What I Hear I Keep | 16-18 August
TYPT is Talawa’s flagship programme for emerging theatre makers. Every summer a team of young artists aged 18-25 works with established artists to create a brand new show in just 4 weeks.
The Title for TYPT23 is WHAT I HEAR I KEEP. Read the Synopsis below:
At an ACS (Afro-Caribbean Society) link-up, a space that normally champions the diversity of the black diaspora, a group of young people who are experiencing diﬀerent levels of disconnect to their blackness, the diaspora, and themselves are given space to explore their issues, reconnect, and potentially heal through myths, teachings, histories and the words of ancestral guides delivered by three deities:
Shango, a warrior orisha from the Yoruba tribe is represented as the element of wind. He is the god of thunder, lightning and drums.
Mawu-Lisa, an androgynous creator deity from the Kingdom of Dahomey is represented as the element of water.
Silika, a new god created from the disconnect, to challenge the old mythology and the old Gods’ archaic view is represented as the element of fire.
Introducing the 2023 Cohort
- Jerome Scott @jeromeeoo
- Chisobem Chinweze @chisobem
- Mascuud Dahir @mascappeal
- Jonathan Ude
- Katia Del Rio Smith @katiaharlowx
- Stephan Hunte-Wilson @shwtv99
- Savannah Kityo @savannahkityo
- Gloria Akpoke @glo.w.a
- Marli Hart @marlihartofficial
- Rebekar Sunshine Oluyadi @rebekaroluyadi
- Micaiah John @micaiahjohn_
- Mya Onwugbonu @myathepoet1
Photography by @iilaydamac
Meet the Creative Team Behind TYPT23
Director: Philip J Morris
Philip J Morris is a London-born director raised in the borough of Croydon. He has directed plays in different cities across the UK and internationally ranging from professional actors, students, community groups and young people. Philip is the Artistic Director of Trybe House Theatre following a period as Trainee Director at the Royal Court Theatre. His journey into directing began at the Birmingham Repertory Theatre (The REP) working in youth theatre, where he would go on to become a Senior Youth Theatre Director. During that time Philip spent two years working as a Project Associate with the National Theatre on NT Public Acts. After receiving training at Introduction to Directing course (RTYDS), Philip directed two showcases with Neighbourhood Theatre at the Young Vic in 2020, and again 2021.
Assistant Director: Leanne Henlon
Leanne Henlon graduated from the BA Acting course at LAMDA in 2020 and has since worked at The Royal Court Theatre, Old Vic and the Public Theater NYC. She has recently diversified into the world of directing and this is her professional debut!
Movement Director: Mateus Daniel
Mateus Daniel is a movement director, dancer and actor from south London. He has built a love and curiosity for telling stories physically that express themes of culture, race, change and transitions, and has used his experiences within dance and theatre to influence his current lyrical style. Mateus trained at East 15 Acting School in physical theatre and graduated in 2019. Alongside performing he has been able to facilitate and lead various masterclasses in movement for companies including Talawa Theatre Company, The Pappy Show, the Almeida Theatre, the Young Vic and the BBTAs (The Black British Theatre Awards). In addition, Mateus is a 2022 nominee for Best Choreographer or Movement Director for The Black British Theatre Awards for his work on Passion Fruit at New Diorama Theatre.
Voice & Dialect Coach: Joel Trill
Theatre includes: A Strange Loop (Barbican), Tambo & Bones (Stratford East), Patriots (Noël Coward Theatre); House of Ife (Bush Theatre); All My Sons and Love Letters (Queen’s Theatre); Statements After an Arrest Under the Immorality Act (Orange Tree Theatre); J’Ouvert (Harold Pinter Theatre); Mirror, Mirror and Master Harold and the Boys (National Theatre); Rockets and Blue Lights (Royal Exchange Theatre); Trojan Horse (Battersea Arts Centre); A Taste of Honey (Trafalgar Studios).
Set & Costume Design: Sandra Falase
Sandra Falase is an interdisciplinary artist based in London, with a primary focus on live performance design, illustration, and graphic design within their practice. Their formal training was completed at the University for the Creative Arts. In 2018 they became the first recipient of the design bursary awarded by MGCFutures, in conjunction with the Gate Theatre. Sandra has worked on various exhibitions across venues that include the ICA, TATE and Afropunk 2018.
Sound Designer: David Olowu (Lo-Wu)
Lo-Wu is a South London based sound designer, composer and music producer with a skill for using music and sound to tell stories and craft intricate, immersive soundscapes for film, podcasts and various other art forms.
Lighting Designer: Pablo Fernandez Baz
Pablo’s recent lighting design credits include Oliver Award-nominated show” Warheads”, directed by Toby Clarke at the Park Theatre; Contemporary Circus production “Staged”, Winner Total Theatre awards for Circus 2019; “United Queendom” site-specific, immersive production at the Kensington Palace, produced by Les Enfants Terribles; “Nearly Human” by Perhaps Contraption, Offie nominated (IDEA 2020); “Valhalla” site-specific directed by Rich Rusk, nominated OffFest short run 2019. Other companies Pablo has collaborated include Talawa, The Sleeping Trees, Little Soldier Production, Nofit Circus State.
Production Manager: Ina Miller
Based in London since 2008, Ina started her career following studies at drama college in Sweden. She has over 15 years professional experience as a technical and production manager, working across a breadth of productions based within theatres and festival spaces ranging from small fringe to large-scale venues. She is back (and more excited than ever) in the world of freelancing after being venue-based for the last five years.
Stage Manager: Julia Nimmo
Julia Nimmo trained in Design for Theatre & Television at Charles Stuart University, Wagga Wagga, Australia and was awarded ‘Individual Stage Manager of the Year’ at the SMA National Stage Manager awards 2019.
Drama Therapist: Abigail Sol
Abigail Maria Sol is a psychotherapist who uses dramatic tools such as storytelling and embodiment. In her therapeutic work, Abigail is drawn to settings on the margins of society; working in pupil referral units, children’s homes, the criminal justice system and in-patient psychiatric wards. Community and creativity are at the core of Abigail's practice, and she endeavours to cultivate spaces that centre care.
Abigail is the founder of socially-driven production company Uproot, and Deya, a new platform that connects Black creatives with jobs and community. She has worked in the arts and culture sector for nearly a decade as director of theatre and film, and entrepreneur specialising in innovative and community-focused solutions to systemic problems in the creative industry.
Dramaturg: malakaï sargeant
malakaï is an artist, educator and producer from pre-gentrified Hackney, London. Led by curiosity and care, malakaï works across theatre, literature and live performance, creating and interrogating through an unapologetically Afroqueer lens.
As a dramaturg, malakaï’s work has been staged at venues including Chichester Festival Theatre, Guildhall School of Music & Dance, Shoreditch Town Hall and the National Gallery. malakaï has worked extensively with young people in community settings and in higher education; co-creating, devising, scripting and facilitating cross-disciplinary work with organisations including UAL, Mountview, Hackney Empire, Unicorn Theatre, Serpentine Gallery and South London Gallery.