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Talawa Theatre Company presents

Talawa Firsts 2018: And I Dreamt I Was Drowning by Amanda Wilkin (dir. Monique Touko)

Thursday 14 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.

Go on...

Kiya and Daniel dream of Europe. She will do anything to cross the water. He will do anything to stay with her.

“What’s the first thing you want to do when we reach?"


"You heard me. What will we do? I want to find some ice cream. Is that stupid?"


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

Amanda Wilkin (playwright)
Amanda Wilkin is a playwright, actress and singer. Last year she was on the Royal Court and BBC London writer’s groups. Previously, she spent two years travelling to every country in the world performing in Hamlet with Shakespeare’s Globe, and is interested in stories about the freedom of movement. And I Dreamt I Was Drowning is her first play.

Monique Touko (director)
Monique Touko is an emerging theatre director. Her training includes being a Truth about Youth Associate at Oval House Theatre and Observer Monday's at the Royal Exchange, which involved shadowing Ellen McDougall on The Rolling Stone. She has also undergone a three-month placement through the Regional Theatre Young Directors Scheme.

Directing credits include: Like Yesterday by Jon Brittain in The Clare as part of Fresh Direction, Young Vic Directing Program, A Number by Caryl Churchill at Manchester Student Union, Animal Farm at Ziferblat Cafe Manchester, Gourds by Chino Odimba at Royal Exchange Manchester, The Sting by Suzette Coon at Arcola Theatre, See you at the End by Alexis Boddy at Theatre 503, Reading of The Places Where We Lived by Healah Riazi at HighTide Festival, Green Matter by Serafina Cusack and Soon in the 4ciable future by Elizabeth Kwenortey at Canal Cafe Theatre and Whole Foods by Charles Leipart at Old Red Lion Theatre.

Assistant directing credits include Wishlist by Matthew Xia at the Royal Exchange and the Royal Court, Birth Festival (Emma Callander from Theatre Uncut), touring production Kanye the First by Andrew Tywman for the 11th Hightide Festival and Yellowman by Nancy Medina at the Young Vic.

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.'

Find out more


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Things you should know

Suitable for ages 16+

Latecomers welcome at the venue's discretion

This event is wheelchair accessible.