Wed 19 June - Wed 3 July 2019


Wednesdays: 19 & 26 June, & 3 July


7.15pm (doors)
7.30pm (starts)


£8 (full price)
£5 (concessions)


Theatre & Performance


The Ditch


Wednesdays: Playwrights

A showcase for fresh, exciting new plays by emerging Black playwrights in staged readings.

Fly Home Butterfly, by Tife Kusoro, directed by Abigail Sewell

Wednesday 19 June, 7.15pm
Laide came to the UK to find a better life for her daughter. She works back-breaking jobs to make ends meet for Dele's private school education. Dele tries to be academically excellent; a 'good' one. When Dele receives an offer to study at the University of Oxford, she is suddenly forced to question what it costs to belong and whether this price is worth it.

Typical, by Ryan Calais Cameron, directed by Anastasia Osei-Kuffour

Wednesday 26 June, 7.15pm
What is the cost of a typical night out? An ex-serviceman who has spent his life fighting for his country finds new battles in a society fighting against him. From the makers of 2018 hit Queens of Sheba comes this powerful new play by Ryan Calais Cameron confronting the daily tensions experienced by Black men as they negotiate life, while constantly feeling like their own lives are on the line. Typical uncovers the man and the humanity behind a tragic real-life story, challenging traditional conceptions of Black manhood and highlighting the crisis of identity consuming Britain today.

...hour, by babirye bukilwa, directed by Miranda Cromwell

Wednesday 3 July, 7.15pm
With an alarm clock set to an hour, and in a few words and lots of stillness, we meet an ordinary woman in an extraordinary crisis that could change her life forever. Using naturalism, singing, music and beat poetry, babirye debuts her first ever commissioned play about the re discovery of all of one’s self at twilight.

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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