Talawa Firsts On Tour

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Talawa’s annual programme celebrating new and emerging Black theatre

Talawa Firsts is heading on tour for the very first time, following a successful presentation in summer 2023. In 2023, at the organisation’s first two-week long Talawa Firsts festival, two double bills of new work were presented. Two of the shows, Love in Gravitational Waves and Bougie Lanre’s Boulangerie are now heading on tour as a double bill this summer.

By acclaimed playwright Testament, Love in Gravitational Waves is a play about love and identity, inspired by over 40 interviews with people in London on the subject of love and dating. Bronwyn believes that society’s divisions could be healed by relationships with people outside her bubble or world view – ‘the Other’. Through a series of dates and dating app interactions, the audience will meet characters in search of something better. Love in Gravitational Waves stars Anyebe Godwin and Kamilah Storey, and is directed by Brigitte Adela.

Bougie Lanre’s Boulangerie, by Kareem Parkins-Brown, is an uproarious comedy about the behind the scenes of a restaurant. This fizzing whirlwind round the kitchen exposes a world of raging waiters, kind cooks, rude customers and gentrifying pop-ups, putting the ‘cuss dem’ in customer. Bougie Lanre’s Boulangerie stars Kareem Parkins-Brown, and is directed by Philip J Morris, with remastered sound and music by Lo-Wu.

The Talawa Firsts on Tour double bill is produced by Samantha Nurse, kicking off with select dates at Talawa’s Croydon HQ in May, before going to Nottingham Playhouse and Bristol Old Vic, and heading back to Talawa HQ in June.

Talawa Firsts on Tour

Love in Gravitational Waves and Bougie Lanre’s Boulangerie

  • Dates: 11th, 15th – 18th May 2024
  • Location: Talawa HQ, Fairfield Halls, Park Lane, Croydon, CR9 1DG
  • Dates: 24th – 25th May 2024
  • Location: Nottingham Playhouse, Wellington Circus, Nottingham, NG1 5AF
  • Dates: 29th May – 1st June 2024
  • Location: Bristol Old Vic, King Street, Bristol, BS1 4ED
  • Dates: 5th – 8th, 12th – 15th June 2024
  • Location: Talawa HQ, Fairfield Halls, Park Lane, Croydon, CR9 1DG

Website:  www.talawa.com/productions/talawa-firsts-on-tour