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18 to 30 represents for an adult, the key years in which fundamental building blocks and foundations of life are laid, and probably the best years of your life. So, why are young Londoners bugged down with mental health challenges? Austin Clark is 23, he enjoys rollerblading, In-line and Gator skating, loves rap music and […]


Talawa Theatre is regarded as Britain’s foremost Black-led theatre company. Over the years, it has engaged with new writing and introduced emerging writing talents to the British theatre landscape with the likes of Michael Bhim, who explore the subtlety and complexity of the black British experience. 2010 is no different. Back with, Flipping The Script, […]


South Africa has been and is under the microscope of the world media for the next few weeks.  It is interesting the different events in the history of this beautiful, restless, rich, diverse and ever evolving nation. From apartheid to the release of Nelson Mandela to the fractions between the Zuma and Mbeki camps to […]


Amir Nizar Zuabi has been credited for his role in bringing Palestinian theatre to the attention of the international scene with his hard-hitting and thought-provoking productions. However his primary aim is to tell the stories of the Palestinian people. His most recent play, I am Yusuf And This Is My Brother played to packed audiences […]


The Western world is yet to fully grasp the number of excellent Arab fiction writers due to language barrier. However, things are about to change for Arab writers the world needs to know and hear about. The question is how well do you know your world literature? Abu Dhabi: Known for its dazzling skyscrapers which […]


I hate waiting I hate waiting on people I hate waiting on anyone to make-up their mind I hate the waiting time  it takes to hear the outcome of a query I hate waiting to hear about the outcome of an interview I hate that my heart beats in ways I cannot control when I […]


Regarded as Britain’s best-known Black-led theatre company, Talawa Theatre Company is celebrating 21 years on the British theatre landscape with its first full Production in two years – Pure Gold, written by Michael Bhim, an emerging playwright, who is gaining the respect of his contemporaries. Is a renaissance on the horizon for Black-British theatre? When […]


On monday, I did a photo essay on the Fourth Plinth. Yesterday, it was Trafalgar Square. Today,  St James’s Park makes the cut. What can I say, the place is beautiful. To think, I have lived in London for over a decade and this was the first time, I made an effort to take in […]


Yesterday, I did a photo essay on the Fourth Plinth. Today, it is Trafalgar Square, its fountain and Mr Nelson. I am not very big on being a tourist and walking about aimlessly but I do have to say I enjoyed this session of walking around Trafalgar Square. My friend happens to be a joker […]


I have lived in London for over a decade, this is the first time I took my ‘time’ to really admire Trafalgar Square, St Jame’s Park and pay a visit to the Queen. Well, I walked through the front of her palace, that must count for something right? The Fourth Plinth This is the new […]


Irene Sabatini, was yesterday crowned winner of the 2010 Orange Award for New Writers, for her debut novel, The Boy Next Door. Set in the 80s and 90s, The Boy Next Door is both a love story and historical journey of many layers. It chronicles life from the latter days of Rhodesia to the early […]


Known for her hard-hitting plays, visceral style and distinctive voice; Debbie Tucker Green returns to the Royal Court with Random. A one-hander with Nadine Marshall as the only visible character on stage, It is bound to be another ‘in-yer face’ production. Her debut play, Dirty Butterfly opened to critical acclaim and she has been described […]


When Torn first premiered at the Arcola theatre, it sold out in the first two weeks.  Back with a new cast and creative team, Torn explores the African Caribbean divide. Femi Oguns explains why its refreshing theatre keeps exploring sensitive subject matters of this nature. Torn is a modern day version of Romeo and Juliet, […]


Watching the BBC Africa Season on BBC 4 was a great relief to episode 2 of Welcome To Lagos. From African School to the Tutu Talks to Africa in Pictures to Rock n’ Roll Years, which focused on the ever evolving state of African music was brilliant. My only beef was the fact that they […]


When Chuk Iwuji auditioned for the Royal Shakespeare’s History Plays, it was for a relatively small role. Only to realise he had a date with destiny. He speaks with a staunch confidence, gives an effusive response to every question asked. Chuk Iwuji holds nothing back. Currently playing the role of Henry VI, Parts I, II […]


South Africa has given the world great musical talents over the years. From the late Lucky Dube to Lady Blacksmith Mambazo, Soweto Gospel Choir and Miriam Makeba, and Pauline Malefane, is standing tall alongside her contemporaries. When you first meet Pauline Malefane, you are forced to reconcile yourself to the truth that this is the […]


Malorie Blackman has over 50 books to her name, a BAFTA award for ‘Pig-Heart Boy,’ and she made the BBC’s Big Read List as one of the Nations best-loved authors in 2003. Noughts & Crosses, her 50th book has now been adapted for the stage by the Royal Shakespeare Company, making her the first Black […]


The National Youth Theatre is using the stage as a voice to bring much needed attention to the social problem of youth violence and knife crime that has gripped London in recent months. Written by Tanika Gupta, White Boy, was last year’s runaway success at the National Youth Theatre as part of its 2007 Generation […]