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The National Theatre is one place I go to, with great expectations. I mean, really great expectations. In the last year and half, they have not disappointed me with their productions. That is not to say everything is perfect but they make sure you get value for your money and you leave the theatre with […]


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, […]


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 […]


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 […]


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, […]


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 […]


“I’m from a long line of troublemakers,” a poignant and captivating statement by the poet and writer, Inua Ellams. His one man show, The 14th Tale opened at the National Theatre in February 2010, to rave reviews. At 26, Ellams is one of the youngest playwrights to have his work staged at the national Theatre, […]


The issue of homosexuality is a subject that has long divided the church, especially, within the Anglican church. Hence, it is not surprising that recent news reports about the ordination of a lesbian Bishop, has once again raised the divisions that keep sinking deep into the spine of the US Episcopal Church and the global […]


If anything has stirred my soul this year, with the exception of some moments of personal pain, it would most definitely and without a shadow of doubt, be Ruined. The Pulitzer Prize winning play by Lyn Nottage. It opened my heart and conscience to think the same way, Paul Grootboom’s Townships Stories, made me think […]


If you are a big fan of theatre and want to experience something different, then go and see Every Year, Every day, I Am Walking, at the Oval House Theatre, London. It is beautifully put together and in its simplicity, one of the most sophisticated piece of theatre I have seen lately. I had heard […]


I had heard so much about Tennessee Williams and his plays. However, I have never been lucky to see any on the live stage. So, when I was offered a ticket to see Cat On A Thin Roof, currently showing at the Novello Theatre, London, I was truly looking forward to it. Finally, I was […]


When was the last time you went to the theatre and got a full course meal, served up with words and nothing but words? “I come from a long line of trouble makers.” If there is a line I know I will not forget in a long time, it is these very words spoken by […]


South Africa has given the world its fair share of great theatre talents and productions. From Athol Fugard with Sizwe Banzi Is Dead to Barney Simon with Born In The RSA. Lara Foot Newton, playwright and director has also found her voice and place on the world stage among her contemporaries. I interviewed her for […]


I believe one of the many reasons I love theatre is because it breaks down barriers in ways our politicians cannot.  When you are in there, you are one of many audience members and no one is going to ask you about the colour of your skin, the degree you hold or how much money […]