Fri 21 June - Fri 5 July 2019


Fridays: 21 & 28 June, & 5 July


7.15pm (doors)
7.30pm (starts)


£8 (full price)
£5 (concessions)

For Ages

13 - 19


Theatre & Performance


The Ditch


Fridays: Mixed Bills

A platform for innovative, inspiring and explosive Black theatre makers to showcase their work in mixed bill performances.

A Mixed Bill 1

Friday 21 June, 7.15pm

tessellate by Louisa Robbin

This will be about forgiveness, about going in circles, breaking bad habits. Self-help blogs, sex as self-medication, writing lists. The rule of three, an exit strategy, recovery.

Mantra by Marv Radio

Mantra is a show like no other with a performer like no other. 3x Team UK Beatbox Champion Marv Radio takes you on an immersive storytelling adventure to other worlds. Weaving together his own stories based on his journey through life, hip hop and spirituality, Marv Radio's Mantra combines the mediums of rapping, beatboxing, storytelling, movement and improvisation skills to change the way we think about beatbox, spoken word and theatre.


We are deconstructing the power struggle within ourselves and finding the balance between conflict, vulnerability and co-dependency. Allowing us to own and repair our own deeper anxieties that we have learned so well to mask.

A Mixed Bill 2

Friday 28 June, 7.15pm

SUGARLAND by Aminita Francis

A mash-up of music and poetry, it explores what it means to be a 'strong black woman', a Matriarch and a Victim in one body.

Made Not Born by Vanessa Macaulay

Made Not Born is my personal story of growing up in Hertforshire, trying to fit in. In a country saturated by US influence, can there be such a thing as a Black British female identity? From Swan Lake to the Spice Girls via a bodybuilder mother, Made Not Born is my search for belonging.

Palm As Portal by Olivia Douglass

Palm As Portal is a rallying call for a re-imagined understanding of intimacy. Combining poetry, sound and audience participation, the piece embarks on a meditative journey through self-acceptance, queer intimacy and communal nurturing.

A Mixed Bill 3

Friday 5 July, 7.15pm
Featuring DYLEMA, Chelle OT, AGAMA, Mwen and more. Through poetry, music and movement, explore familial dynamics, youth culture, identity and religion in new and exciting ways.

About Talawa Firsts

Talawa Theatre Company proudly presents Talawa Firsts, its annual festival celebrating new Black theatre.

Innovative, electrifying and unapologetic- Talawa Firsts is the stage for fresh Black creative voices. Hear these voices and be a part of Talawa’s artistic community as Talawa takes over The Ditch, celebrating the UK’s exciting new Black writers and theatre makers.

Talawa Firsts is a Talawa Theatre Company and Shoreditch Town Hall co-production.

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