Talawa Theatre Company and Soho Theatre present the world premiere of
By Michael Bhim
Directed by Indhu Rubasingham
Designed by Mike Britton
Lighting by Oliver Fenwick
Sound by John Leonard
Cast: Louis Ekoku, Leonard Fenton, Dermot Kerrigan,
Mark Monero, Golda Rosheuvel, Clarence Smith
Press night: Monday 1 October at 7.30pm
Venue: Soho Theatre
Dates & times: 27 September – 20 October at 7.30pm
Matinees: 6, 13, 20 October at 3pm
Tickets: 27-29 Sep £10; 1-13 Oct: £15/£12.50
15-20 Oct £20/£15; Matinees £7.50
Box office: 0870 429 6883 / www.sohotheatre.com / www.talawa.com
Talawa, Britain’s foremost Black theatre company, is back – with a brand new play exploring the contemporary Black British experience, by a rising literary star, Michael Bhim (‘A precious new talent’ – Eamonn Walker, star of Oz ) directed by the award-winning director, Indhu Rubasingham and co-produced with the home of the best new writing in London, Soho Theatre.
PURE GOLD is the first show to be produced under Talawa’s new artistic director, Pat Cumper. This is Talawa Theatre Company’s first full production in two years and it reflects the renewed vision and purpose of the company with its focus on developing Black British talent in all areas of theatre production. Michael Bhim’s award-winning talent has been nurtured by Talawa since 2005, first through the Talawa Writers’ Group and then through the company’s literary development process, and also by the Writers Centre at Soho Theatre.
PURE GOLD is a snapshot of contemporary working class London family life where money is tight and opportunities are scarce. The central character Simon lives an ordinary life but his dreams for his family’s future are epic. He has to decide if it is worth sacrificing the respect and trust of the people he loves to make his dreams come true by any means necessary. In this searing new work, Michael Bhim turns a familiar cautionary tale on its head.
Michael Bhim is a young playwright who has worked with the Royal Court Theatre, Soho Theatre, Tricycle (as part of the Bloomsberg Writers Group) and Paines Plough (Future Perfect scheme). He is currently on attachment at Soho and is a past winner of the prestigious ‘Alfred Fagon Award’ for most outstanding achievement by a writer of Caribbean descent. His play Distant Violence has just been nominated for the Meyer Whitworth Award.
Indhu Rubasingham directed sell out runs of the critically acclaimed Fabulation (Tricycle, two seasons) and Yellowman (Hampstead, Liverpool Everyman). She has directed both the classics and work by leading contemporary playwrights including Tanika Gupta, Lynn Nottage and Roy Williams for theatres including the Royal Court, National Theatre and Birmingham Rep.
The cast includes Mark Monero, best-known for his role as Steve Elliott in Eastenders and recent TV credits including Judge John Deed and Skins; Leonard Fenton, best known for his role as one of the original Eastenders characters, Dr Harold Legg (1985-97) and subsequent reappearances; Golda Roshuevel whose credits include Angels in America (Headlong), West End musicals and the RSC; Clarence Smith’s recent TV credits include The Bill, Doctors and Holby City; Dermot Kerrigan’s credits include RSC, Royal Court and Shared Experience; and Louis Ekoku, recently seen in Caroline or Change (National Theatre).
Talawa Theatre Company, Britain’s best-known Black-led company, is celebrating 21 years in 2007. Talawa continues to play a vital role in British theatre: the company is dedicated to exploring the Black British experience and finding the voices that tell Black British stories. Talawa produces on the midscale, championing and nurtures Black British talent in all aspects of theatre. Talawa’s extensive alumnus includes Kwame Kwei-Armah and Oladipo Agboluaje.
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