KAT and TAMEKA EMPSON star in Talawa’s new Anansi adventure at HACKNEY EMPIRE

KAT and TAMEKA EMPSON star in Talawa

Talawa Theatre Company announces a major new production for 2009:
Hackney Empire Theatre presents Talawa Theatre Company’s
Written by Geoff Aymer, Directed by Paul J. Medford

Hackney Empire Theatre presents Talawa Theatre Company’s
Written by Geoff Aymer, Directed by Paul J. Medford

Hackney Empire Theatre, 19 February – 7 March 2009
PRESS NIGHT Monday 23 February at 6.30pm www.bebo.com/AnansiK
Please see below for full listings and creative credits

I am Anansi, the cheeky little spider-man. They say I’m guilty of sneaky tricks and scams.
But I’m just guilty of ducking and diving. Surviving the best way I can…

Kat and Tameka Empson return to the Hackney Empire following their appearances in Mother Goose. Kat is to play the role he was born for – ANANSI, the mischievous spider-man from African and Carribbean folklore! Tameka Empson will bring her own theatrical wizardry to the role of NANA SUSU, owner of a magic store and the narrator of this brand new Anansi story.

Monkeys, hood rats, two fearsome jungle cats and Anansi the spider are brought to life through storytelling, dance, music, song and a lot of laughter. When Anansi enters the world of Nana Susu’s Magic Shop and steals the Magic Mirror from under the nose of the young girl Adjoah, he unleashes the power of Lilith from the underworld and causes a whole lot of bother. Can he return everything to rights or has he bitten off more than he can chew? Only Nana Susu knows for sure!

ANANSI AND THE MAGIC MIRROR follows Talawa’s first Anansi adventure, Anansi Trades Places. There is a long tradition of oral storytelling in Africa. Anansi stories have survived their origins in Ghana, crossing the Atlantic to the West Indies during the
slave trade, and to the UK with immigrants from the New World. Talawa is
proud to continue this tradition here in London. Director Paul J. Medford
(fresh from America’s Next Top Model) and musical director Delroy Murray
return to lead the creative team. Writer Geoff Aymer was also part of
Talawa’s first Anansi adventure – he played the title role!

National Storytelling Week 31 January – 7 February: This week as part of the
season of ANANSI AND THE MAGIC MIRROR, Talawa Theatre Company and
the Hackney Empire will be celebrating the art of storytelling, with a series of
guerrilla storytelling events with leading storyteller Alastair Bain across Hackney – in
schools, community organisations, independent bookshops and markets.

Talawa Theatre Company is Britain’s foremost Black British theatre company. Talawa alumni include some of the country’s leading performers and playwrights. Talawa continues to develop talent through the Talawa Writers Group and Talawa Young People’s Theatre (TYPT). ANANSI AND THE MAGIC MIRROR follows Talawa’s sold-out Autumn season of playreadings at the Young Vic, Manz Like Me, a showcase of the best new Black British writing exploring the soul of the modern Black man.

Written by Geoff Aymer
Director – Paul J. Medford
Designer – Rosa Maggiora
Lighting Designer – Philip Gladwell
Musical Director – Delroy Murray
Sound Designer – Simon Deacon
Cast includes Kat as Anansi, Tameka Empson as Nana Susu. With Susan Lawson Reynolds, Sophie Benjamin, Marcus Powell and Darren Hart.

Hackney Empire Theatre, 19 February – 7 March 2009
PRESS NIGHT Monday 23 February at 6.30pm
Dates and Times
Thursday 19 February – Saturday 7 March at 6.30pm (no shows 22 Feb & 2 March, no evening show 25 February or 3 March)
Sunday 1 March at 5pm
25 and 28 February, 3,5,7 March at 1.30pm
26 February and 4 March at 10.30am

Signed performances
Thursday 26 February at 10.30am
Friday 27 February at 6.30pm

Ticket prices
Previews 19-21 February – all tickets £10
Standard (weekday evenings and matinees) – Adults £13.50, £9 Kids £7.50
Premium (Friday, Saturday, Sunday) – Adults £15.50, £11 Kids £9.50

Box office
020 8985 2424

Hackney Empire Theatre
291 Mare Street
London E8 1EJ


Further information and photographs available from Sheridan Humphreys on 07966 578 607 or sheridan@sheridanskitchen.com

Sheridan Humphreys
Sheridan’s Kitchen PR
M 07966 578 607
E sheridan@sheridanskitchen.com

Region: All
Start Date: 19/02/2009
End Date: 07/02/2009
Start Time: Matinees and evening performances at 6.30pm
Venue: Hackney Empire Theatre
Venue Address: 291 Mare Street, Hackney
Website: http://www.bebo.com/anansik
Press Tickets: Available
Sponsorship: Not Available
Press Tickets:
Name: Sheridan Humphreys
Phone: 07966 578 607