Talawa theatre: a boundless leap into mainstream British theatre 1985-1994

Igweonu, K. (2014) Talawa theatre: a boundless leap into mainstream British theatre 1985-1994. In: Saunders, G., ed. British Theatre Companies 1980-1994. York: Methuen Drama. ISBN 9781408175484

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In this chapter, I examine the first decade of Talawa’s existence as a black-led British theatre company, since it was founded in 1985 by the quartet of Yvonne Brewster, Carmen Munroe, Mona Hammond, and Inigo Espejel. Talawa, which was founded as a black-led theatre company, in response to what was then perceived as the lack of representation and creative opportunities has since cemented its place in mainstream Britain theatre and prides itself as Britain’s primary black-led theatre company. This chapter utilises a range of sources, including material from the company archives held at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London to construct a narrative of its development from 1985 to 1994—a period of phenomenal rise for the company that contrasts sharply with a decline in the number of black and ethnic minorities (BAME) theatre companies in Britain.

Item Type: Book Section
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN1600 Drama > PN2000 Dramatic Representation. The Theater
P Language and Literature > PR English Literature > PR0621 Drama
Divisions: pre Nov-2014 > Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Music
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Depositing User: Dr Kene Igweonu
Date Deposited: 03 Mar 2014 13:37
Last Modified: 18 Sep 2015 13:11
URI: https://create.canterbury.ac.uk/id/eprint/12554

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