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Talawa Theatre Company presents
Talawa Firsts 2018: A Mixed Bill #2
Friday 29 June
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In a nutshell
A mixed bill showcasing three works in progress by three exciting theatre makers, who will be the next generation to shape British theatre.
Best Friends by Rachel Clarke and Heather Agyepong
Charlene and Vicky take us on a whistle stop tour of Black British girlhood.
Just Another Night by Azara Meghie
Over the course of 1 night, at a house party, Azara struggles to shrug off questions about her race, gender and sexuality – and just dance.
Pink Lemonade by Mia Johnson
Inspired by the rebellious butches of the early 20th Century and beyond, Mia explores female masculinity through spoken word, audio bites, music and movement.
What to Expect
Come and see the freshest ideas as they take shape, and stick around to chat to artists in the bar afterwards.
Azara is a multi-disciplinary artist who expresses her views through poetry, breakdance and film. Through these different art forms, she shares her personal politics on sexuality, gender, racism, classism and homophobia.
Azara aims to identify the struggles faced in trying to maintain individuality, but also aims to highlight the cultural limitations, beliefs and society’s stereotypes that she does not adhere to.
Azara is the Artistic Director of the Duckie QTIPOC Collective for young people between 18-26yrs and has also set up a revolutionary and exciting night called M!X !T!
Mia is a 27-year-old theatre maker/performance artist from Nottingham. She is very interested in the lines between experimental theatre and live art and aims to create work that is engaging, representative and strays from the norm, as well as being bold and experimenting with form.
Her current work is centred around identity and the intersections that surround it.
She has previously showcased work at The Curve, Derby Theatre and Battersea Arts Centre.
Rachel Clarke is an actress and emerging playwright who has a real passion for performing and writing theatre that is poetic; emotive and that takes the audience on a journey by breaking the boundaries of literary forms. Rachel studied Modern Drama Studies at Brunel University and has trained to become a Secondary School Drama teacher. Rachel currently works as an actress full time and continues to teach Drama on a part time basis.
Rachel's most recent acting credits include ‘Hatch’ at Hackney Showrooms with Talawa Theatre Company; ‘Best Friends’ at Ovalhouse, 'Queens of Sheba' at Camden's People Theatre; ‘Still barred’ with Initiative.dkf, ‘Switch’ at Tricycle Theatre and ‘dirty butterfly’ at The Bread and Roses Theatre.
Heather Agyepong is a visual artist and performer from London. Her work is concerned with mental health & wellbeing, activism, archive and the diaspora.
Her theatre credits include: Girls (High Tide, Talawa Theatre & Martha Rose Wilson Productions), So Many Reasons (Fuel Theatre & Ovalhouse Theatre); Best Friends (Ovalhouse); Brent in a Tent (Tricycle Theatre); Hatch (Talawa Theatre); Jagged Edge (Acrylick); Still Barred (Initiative.dkf); Switch (Tricycle Theatre); Antigone (T:24 Kent).
Film credits include: Motherland (National Youth Film Academy).
Heather has worked with such organisations as Autograph ABP & V&A. She was recently commissioned by Tate to create work around cultural production, privilege and visibility.
What people are saying
'Talawa Firsts gave me hope that my dreams were worth chasing. It was such an inspiring and empowering experience to be part of.' - Natasha Marshall
Why does Rich Mix matter?
'Rich Mix is undoubtedly a space that offers art in a variety of forms. This directly mirrors the ethos of Talawa Firsts Festival, which aims to bring a wide range of people together to experience new work by exceptional emerging Black British artists.'
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Things you should know
Suitable for ages 16+
No latecomers permitted
This event is wheelchair accessible.