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Talawa’s 35th Anniversary!

Talawa will be celebrating its 35th anniversary with an unmissable season of work this summer. Talawa’s forward-looking anniversary season includes works-in-progress by promising writers, the company’s first outdoor production, the return of one of the company’s most innovative shows and a production that lost out on its original staging due to the pandemic.

Talawa’s Artistic Director and Joint CEO, Michael Buffong said, “We’ve learned a lot through the pandemic. We know that there are stories which can be told in many different ways, so we will experiment with livestreaming and digital capture through this season so that Black work by vital, passionate and intelligent storytellers can be experienced by everyone, everywhere and on-demand.”


Talawa Firsts, the stage for fresh Black creative voices, will present new work by some of the most exciting British writers this July with pay what you like bookings opening soon on the Talawa website. Alongside the staged readings of new work, Talawa Firsts will offer opportunities and workshops for Black artists, creatives and communities to learn about and explore theatre making. The first staged readings will be on Thursday 8th July with new work by Manchester-based playwright and film-maker William Nyerere Plastow and writer, performer and long-standing Talawa artist, Natasha Marshall.


On Thursday 15th July, the new plays from Manchester-based writer, performance artist and producer, Keisha Thompson and writer and producer Juliana Ayeni Stevens will have their staged readings. In August, Talawa brings back The Tide for their first outdoor production. An artistic collaboration between choreographer Jade Hackett and writer Ryan Calais Cameron, The Tide explores the narratives and experiences of migration within the United Kingdom whilst holding a mirror up to an evolving British culture.


Bringing rave to theatre, Talawa’s revival of Run It Back will run from 2nd - 18th September at Fairfield Halls. Set in an explosive club night, Run It Back immerses the audience in Black British club culture with dance, physical theatre and a live set from DJ and turntablist, Psykhomantus. Conceived and directed by Coral Messam, it was created with Gail Babb and co-devised by TYPT:18. Booking will open in July 2021.