A Monster Fit For a King - photo by Justine Themen

The New Black Showcase

produced by Ola Animashawun and Justine Themen.

The Belgrade Theatre showcased some of the region’s up and coming writing talent in The New Black Showcase, which featured readings of scenes from new plays written by some of the region’s newest voices, and ran in B2 from 14 to 17 October 2009.

The writers that featured in The New Black Showcase had all graduated from the Critical Mass programme, a script writing course for Black and Minority Ethnic communities run by the Belgrade Theatre, based on an initiative run in association with The Drum, Birmingham, Britain’s only black arts centre, and the Royal Court Theatre in London, the country’s leading new writing venue.

This was the participants’ first opportunity to see excerpts of plays they were working on performed in front of a live audience by a company of professional actors.

On 14 and 15 October 2009, rehearsed readings of extracts from the following four plays took place:

Decisions – Leon Phillips

Child Support – Robert Lewis Owen Jones

Too Hard Ears – Matthew E. Cottrell

Present – Yinka Rickford-Anguin

On 16 and 17 October 2009, there was a rehearsed reading of Monte di Verita – Hanzla Arif MacDonald

On every date during the run there was a workshop production of Monster Fit For a King – Lola Johnson.

Artistic Team for A Monster Fit For a King:
Director – Justine Themen
Assistant Director – Leon Phillips
Choreography – Saskia Bakayoko
Singing – Unamay Olomolaiye
Drumming – Ansoumana Bakayoko
Design Technician – Anna Lewis
Chaperones – Giancarla Pfleger, Yvonne Williams

Belgrade Community & Education Company:
Associate Director – Community & Education – Justine Themen
General Manager – Community & Education – Janthi Mills
Drama Worker – BME – Leon Phillips
Drama Worker – Acting Out – Lisa Byrne
Administration Assistant – Karen Nicholson
Apprentice – Daniel Colledge

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