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Talawa Theatre Company presents
Talawa Firsts 2018: A Mixed Bill
Friday 15 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.
Elephant in the Room by Lanre Malaolu, co-director Zoe Lafferty
Where do you turn if you are male, Black, working class and struggling to get out of bed in the morning? Lanre searches for answers to a mental health crisis fusing physical theatre, hip hop dance and spoken word.
Static by Tiiu Mortley
Tiiu became disabled at 18 years old. 18 years later she looks at her medical notes, her teenage diaries and her physical form, sharing with us her ‘new self’.
Kind of Woman by Nancy Ofori
Romantic relationships are meant to be a bit difficult, right? A young Ghanaian woman searches for answers in the rituals passed down through generations.
What to Expect
Come and see the freshest ideas as they take shape, and stick around to chat to artists in the bar afterwards.
Lanre Malaolu is a choreographer and performer. He uses blends of physical theatre, hip-hop dance and text to create work which aims to enhance and challenge our social and political worldviews.
His choreography has been performed at Sadler's Wells Theatre, The Wilderness Festival, as well as internationally in Barcelona & the USA. In 2016, Lanre was chosen to be a choreographer on the inaugural OLD VIC 12 and was the choreographer and movement artist on The British Council film ‘DEAR MR. SHAKESPEARE’, which was selected for the SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL in 2017.
Lanre is also a trained actor (Drama Centre London) and has worked extensively in theatre and television.
Nancy is an autobiographical solo performer who has previously worked in the medium of mime,
dance and Chekhov Technique for her final year solo project, If Not Now, When? at Goldsmiths University. Nancy is interested in exploring traditions within Ghanaian culture that are disappearing. She is a member of the Feminist Ensemble, The Völvas and performed with them recently as part of the
Vaults Festival in London. Nancy’s most recent acting credits include The Vagina Dialogues (Waterloo East Theatre & Edinburgh Fringe Festival) and The Skriker (Styx, Tottenham Hale)
Tiiu is a Dartington College of Arts Graduate, specialising in Contemporary Theatre. She began her journey through her passion for singing and this then lead her to training and a career into theatre.
For many years Tiiu has worked as a freelance artist, performing with companies such as Graeae, Airhedz, Wired Aerial, Bittersuite and Mars & Tarrab. She is now branching out to explore her own creative endeavours.
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+
Latecomers welcome at the venue's discretion
This event is wheelchair accessible.