Paulette Randell who helped create the spectacular London Olympics opening has joined the Talawa Theatre Company’s black British new writing festival.
Randell, who also directed Lenny Henry in the recent August Wilson drama, Fences, is joined by Roy Williams and Doña Croll for Talawa Firsts 2014, running from June 11-27.
The Talawa Studios – the company’s dedicated performance space in Old Street, central London – will become a hub of activity showcasing and developing the best in Black British writing.
New plays have been curated by Talawa’s artistic director Michael Buffong and developed by emerging directors for staged readings.
Emerging directors involved in developing the staged readings include Kobna Holdbrook Smith, Daniel Bailey and Madeleine Kludje.
Playwrights for 2014 include: Theresa Ikoko, Isaac Ssebandeke and Sabo Kpade.
This year’s Hotspot (script in development) series includes work by Christina Anderson, Marcus Hercules and Karla Williams.
Highlights include No God, No Girls – exploring the issues if faith and sexuality within the black community.
Leading industry figures, including former Talawa artistic director Paulette Randell, actress Doña Croll (Talawa’s superb All My Sons) and playwright Roy Williams, will host a series of Q&A’s for actors, writers and directors.