When I saw ‘Black Panther’ in the cinema and I was blown away. I loved how gripping the story was and I especially appreciated the way in which the director, Ryan Coogler, has honoured different african cultures and the role of black woman in society.
I arrived in Paris last week on Wednesday and I started at my new school, le Conservatoire National Supérieur d’Art Dramatique, the following day.
So far I looooove the school. The students and staff are super friendly and welcoming, and I feel like I’ve been studying here a lot longer than just 4 days! Continue reading
Here are some cool production pics of my class and I performing in Shakespeare’s tragedy ‘Julius Caesar’. Photos taken by Katy Meehan.
We finished our final show on Saturday and I just cannot believe our luck. That was our 4th sold out show and we had another full-house standing ovation. The feedback that we got from the audience was just incredible. People felt moved, inspired, provoked, enraged, they could relate to so many of the topics we touched upon during our hour long performance and lots said they would love to watch it again with friends and family who missed the show.
I am so grateful that we were able to affect our audience, show after show, by unapolegetically sharing our truth and our story. Continue reading
Only 7 days until showtime. Come join us for a night of great theatre at Hackney Showroom on 31st August, 1st & 2nd September at 7.30pm!
Bite Your Tongue is the latest show from Talawa Theatre Company’s TYPT.
Enough is enough!
How long can we do nothing?
How long can we bite our tongues?
In a city fracturing under the weight of hate and fear, a movement grows.
A new tower can be spotted on the skyline, nestled in between the glittering symbols of the city’s wealth and power.
Built by different hands.
Occupied by different bodies.
As the media becomes more divisive and political leaders lay blame on ‘both sides’, Bite Your Tongue asks whether we should find ways to come together or express ourselves on our own terms. Continue reading
BITE YOUR TONGUE!
A new play devised by a group of talented, young, black theatre makers. We explore the themes of language, oppression, being “the other’ and words.
Venue: Hackney Showroom
Dates: 30th August, 1st & 2nd September
Tickets now available online: Get tickets!
After today’s rehearsal at Talawa Theatre the cast and I had a Q&A talk with Shaheen Baig (casting director) and Kat Oliver (actor’s agent at Conway van Gelder Grant). They answered a number of questions on many topics including the merits of drama school, getting representation, auditioning, and so. As they shared so much information, I decided to share some of their most useful and relevant advice. Here goes!
I had ordered about 20+ prospectuses from different UK universities to find a degree course that was right for me. I was 17 years old and in my last year of school. I thought what I really wanted to study was Maths and Econometrics – as if I even knew what that meant anyway. I had also considered French, Politics, Drama, Arabic, Economics, Spanish and various combinations of all of the above.
My first year of drama school finished about two weeks ago (yay me!) and I was just reflecting on the year. Overall, it was filled with so many new experiences and faces, challenges, laughter, really good banta, a few hurdles, a little bit of stress – good stress, albeit – and, of course, some important lessons on how to act. My degree is in acting after all!
I just got an offer from the Conservatoire National Supérieur d’Art Dramatique in Paris to study BA ACTING. Exciting times! They’ve offered me a year but I’m uncertain if I’ll be able to do the whole year or just two terms. Either way, I will be in France next academic year!
I’ll be entering into their 2nd year programme which mostly involves workshops, classes and seminars with external practitioners and other professionals e.g. directors, actors, etc. In addition to this there will be a few classes in physical training, voice, acting for camera and stage, dramaturgy and the history of 20th century acting.