A Festival of Contemporary Black-British Playwriting With Soho Rep/FEED

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Apr 6, 2011
Apr 6, 2011
Segal Theater

SohoReplogoRaphael Martin (Literary and Humanities Manager, Soho Rep, New York) curates a festival of play readings showcasing the foremost contemporary Black-British playwrights. Each reading will have introductory remarks by Ola Animashawun (Royal Court Theatre / Euphoric Ink) and a short question-and-answer period afterwards. The Festival is co-curated by the Segal and Soho Rep and presented in conjunction with Soho Rep’s production of debbie tucker green’s born bad.

The expected schedule of readings is:

Wednesday, April 6
Segal Theatre
Gone Too Far! by Bola Agbaje at 4pm
Fallout by Roy Williams at 6:30pm

Saturday, April 9
Soho Rep (46 Walker between Broadway and Church)
Mules by Winsome Pinnock
Elmina’s Kitchen by Kwame Kwei-Armah
Times listed at www.sohorep.org

Plus: join Ola Animashawun on a one-day playwrighting intensive through the writer workshop Euphoric Ink. New and seasoned writers welcome. Further information at www.euphoricink.co.uk or email info@euphoricink.co.uk.

Raphael Martin Photo courtesy of Curator

Raphael Martin
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Raphael Martin currently serves as the Literary & Humanities Manager at Soho Repertory Theatre in New York City. He has served as Literary Manager at Manhattan Theatre Club and as a dramaturg at The Eugene O’Neill Theater Center for multiple seasons. In London he has worked in literary capacities at The Royal Shakespeare Company, The Royal Court Theatre, The National Theatre, The Gate Theatre Notting Hill, The Bush Theatre, Sonia Friedman Productions and The Ambassador Theatre Group. For Yale University he has served as a mentor for the Yale Undergraduate Theater Festival for the past two years.


Ola Animashawun Photo courtesy of Curator

Ola Animashawun
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Ola Animashawun currently serves as an Associate Director of the Royal Court Theatre, Creative Director of the playwright consultancy Euphoric Ink, and as an independent producer, director, and dramaturg. Animashawun founded and ran the Royal Court Young Writers Programme from 1998-2008, and his work in promoting diversity in the theatre and supporting the work of young people has garnered multiple awards. Since the early 1990s, Animashawun has mentored nonconventional playwrights and theatre makers from a wide variety of backgrounds. He also produces large-scale, often site-specific outdoor community celebrations and performances in London and throughout the UK.



Bola Agbaje
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Bola Agbaje is a playwright who graduated from the young writersprogramme at the Royal Court in 2007. Bola’s first play Gone too Far! was selected to be performed as part as the Young Writer Festival, the play was performed in the Royal Court Theatre upstairs in Feb 2007. In 2008 Gone Too Far! won the Laurence Olivier Award for outstanding achievement in an affiliated theatre. The play was revived in 2008 and had a run in the Royal Court theatre downstairs, Hackney empire and Albany theatre. Bola was also nominated for the Evening Standard Most Promising Playwright of the year in 2008. Bola’s writing has been presented by Royal Court Theatre, ATC, Tiata Fahodzi,Hampstead theatre, Soho Theatre,Young vic and Talawa to name a few. Bola is the writer in resident for Paines Plough and is under commission for the Royal Court Theatre, Tiata Fahodzi and Paines Plough. Bola is also developing Gone Too Far! into a film script with Poisson Rouge production company and the UK Film Council.

Kwame Kwei-Armah  Photo courtesy of curator

Kwame Kwei-Armah
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Kwame Kwei-Armah  was Writer in Residence at the Bristol Old Vic from 1999 to 2001. While there, he wrote three plays: A Bitter Herb (which won the Peggy Ramsey award),Blues Brother Soul Sister, and Big Nose. He has just been named incoming Artistic Director at Baltimore’s Center Stage, and is also currently Writer in Residence for BBC Radio drama and Associate Artist at the National Theatre of Great Britain and Congo Square theatre company Chicago. His triptych of plays set in the African Caribbean community – Elmina’s Kitchen, Fix Up and Statement of Regret – premiered at the National Theatre between 2003 and 2007, and Elmina’s Kitchen transferred to Baltimore, Chicago and London’s West End (a first for an African Caribbean playwright).
Kwame Kwei-Armah has won many awards, including the Evening Standard Charles Wintour Award for most promising playwright, Screen Nation Award for favourite TV actor, 100 Black Men of Britain Public Figure Award, GPA Man of the Year and RECON Community Leadership Award 2007. He has been nominated for a Lawrence Oliver Award and a BAFTA, and received an Honorary Doctorate from The Open University in 2008. He made his debut as a director in 2007 at Baltimore’s Centerstage, with Things of Dry Hours by Naomi Wallace, then went on to direct Esa Davis’s 10-minute play, Dave Chappelle Was Right, for the 24-hour plays on Broadway. He has recently directed his own play, Let There Be Love, at the Tricycle Theatre in London. As an actor, Kwame played Finley Newton in BBC1’s “Casualty” from 1999 to 2004, and has recently been seen in the TV series” Hotel Babylon”, ITV’s “Lewis” and the film Fade to Black.Kwame Kwei-Armah has presented “Newsnight Review” and “The Culture Show”, has been a panellist on “Question Time” and “Newsnight Review”, and is often heard on BBC Radio 4. He was a regular columnist for The Guardian (2005-06) and has written articles for The Independent, The Telegraph, The Evening Standard, The New Statesmen and The Observer. He is Christian Aid’s goodwill ambassador for trade, and is a governor at London’s University of the Arts as well as being a trustee of The Roundhouse, The National Theatre, the Tricycle Theatre and LEAP, a local employment charity focusing on getting the long-term unemployed back into employment.



Winsome Pinnock
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Winsome Pinnock was born in London. Her award-winning plays include The Wind ofChange (Half Moon Theatre), Leave Taking (Liverpool Playhouse Studio and National Theatre), Picture Palace(Women’s Theatre Group), A Hero’s Welcome (Women’s Playhouse Trust at the Royal Court Theatre Upstairs), A Rock in Water (Royal Court Young People’s Theatre at the Theatre Upstairs), Talking in Tongues (Royal Court Theatre Upstairs), Mules (Clean Break Theatre Company) and One Under (Tricycle Theatre). Winsome has also written for radio and television. Winsome is Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing at London Metropolitan University and her most recent play Taken was performed at Soho Theatre in autumn 2010, as part of Clean Break Theatre Company’s acclaimed CHARGED season of New York.

Roy Williams Photo Courtesy of curator

Roy Williams
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Roy Williams is an award-winning playwright.  Williams many awards include the George Devine Award for Lift Off, the 2001 Evening Standard Award for Most Promising Playwriht for his play Clubland, the 2002 BAFTA Award for Best Schools Drama for Offside and 2004 South Bank Show Arts Council Decibel Award.  Most recently his play Sucker Punch was nominated for the Evening Standard Award for Best New Play and the Oliver Award for Best New Play 2011.  He was appointed an OBE in the 2008 Birthday Honours.


Wednesday, April 6, 2011, 4 + 6:30 p.m.
Martin E. Segal Theatre. Free!

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