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Talawa Young Persons Theatre participation project has kicked off this week. Twelve 18-to-25 year olds, who auditioned for the project in May, will work for four intensive weeks with theatre professionals and director, Nazli Tabatabai-Khatambakhsh of Zendeh. Taking inspiration from the theme This is England 1986-2011, the work will aim to explore how English identity has changed over the last 25 years and will culminate with performances at the Lillian Baylis studio (Sadler’s Wells) between 25 and 27 August.
Now in its fourteenth year, Talawa Young People’s Theatre (TYPT) is an annual summer school for budding actors. Alongside the performers – young designers, stage managers, workshop leaders and technicians all work together to create an original piece of theatre.
I am hoping to grab a couple of review tickets for the show later this month.
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Our picture shows performers in KRUNCH in 2009 (TYPT:09), combining spoken word with live music and krumping, and takes a searing look at young Black British identity. It was first performed at the Bernie Grant Arts Centre and has since been performed at the National Arts Festival, South Africa and on tour 2011.
Image: Richard H Smith