The New Black Showcase 2011. Credit Paul Blakemore

New writing talent takes centre stage in The New Black Showcase - RAW

Posted on 5 November 2012

On Fri 16 and Sat 17 Nov we will be showcasing some of the regions up and coming writing talent in The New Black Showcase – RAW, which features readings of scenes from new plays written by some of the region’s newest voices.

The writers that will feature in The New Black Showcase – RAW have all recently graduated from the Critical Mass programme, a script writing course for Black and Minority Ethnic communities run by the Belgrade.

This will be the participant’s first opportunity to see excerpts of plays they are working on performed in front of a live audience by a company of professional actors and members of the Belgrade Community & Education Company.

Now in its third year, The New Black Showcase – RAW will include readings of work by Kemoh Tarawali, whose play focuses on the experience of a young black man ‘coming out’ to his family and Harbir Nagra who tackles the particular challenges of unemployment within a South Asian community. Orla O’Connor’s story highlights the experiences of three Irish women following the death of their controlling mother, and Maeve Clarke has written a tale about the unsettling habits of the mysterious Jackanooni.

The Belgrade Community & Education Company runs a targeted programme of work that aims to engage the city’s Black and Minority Ethnic communities and is committed to continuing to open up communication between diverse communities. In recent years its efforts have been recognised with a nomination for a Coventry Community Cohesion Award and a commendation for its work promoting intercultural dialogue from the panel at the Awards for Bridging Cultures.

Tickets for The New Black Showcase – RAW are free, however the theatre will ask for a donation at the end of the performance. All proceeds will go towards supporting the Belgrade’s ongoing work within the local community, which is carried out by the Belgrade Community & Education Company.

Although tickets are free, booking is still advised by calling the Belgrade’s Box Office on 024 7655 3055 or going online at

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