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Talawa Theatre Company presents

Talawa Firsts 2018: A Place For We by Archie Maddocks (dir. Emily Aboud)

Thursday 21 June
Venue 2
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In a nutshell

Readings of new plays by exciting playwrights who will be the next generation to shape British theatre.

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“There's five generations of tradition in these walls.”

Clarence doesn’t want things to change. But Brixton is changing around him. His traditional West Indian funeral parlour must adapt to survive or stay true to tradition and risk everything. 

What to Expect

Come and see script in hand readings of fresh, new plays as they take shape, and stick around to chat to artists in the bar afterwards.

Who's Involved

Archie Maddocks (playwright)
Archie is an emerging playwright, with his work already having been produced at the Bush Theatre, Lyric Hammersmith, Orange Tree Theatre, Royal Court, and in New York at the New Light Theatre. His most recent play, A PLACE FOR WE was shortlisted for the Bruntwood Prize from a submission pile of 1900 and was also shortlisted for the Alfred Fagon Award in 2017.

As well as a writer, Archie is also a stand-up comedian. His shows have toured South Africa, received several 4 star reviews at Edinburgh Fringe and have transferred to Soho Theatre. He was also the Winner of the Bath Festival New Comedian 2014, a NATYs 2014 finalist, a runner up in Amused Moose Laugh Off 2014 and has also been long listed for the Amused Moose Comedy Award.

Emily Aboud (director)
Emily was born and raised in Trinidad and Tobago. In addition to a degree in Mechanical Engineering, she has completed her MA in Theatre Directing at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts. She was most recently the curator of the Rapid Write Response for Br'er Cotton at Theatre503. Directing credits include Ma, Am I Good? at the Leicester Square Theatre, The White Feminist's Guide to Sex and Hip-Hop at TheatreN16 in Balham and a five-star, sold-out run of the musical Spring Awakening at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2016. Assistant directing credits include Deposit at the Hampstead Theatre (directed by Lisa Spirling), The Good Person of Szechuan at the Bridewell Theatre (directed by Katie Henry) and the London and UK national tour of Child of the Divide (directed by Jim Pope).

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.