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Decibel: the biennial performing arts showcase explained

16 September 2009

in Black Voices, Producers

BLACK VOICES: DECIBEL SPECIAL Steven Luckie visits Manchester and talks to Nike Jonah, the Project Manager of Decibel, the biennial cross-arts showcase that displays the ‘best work from artists with diverse practice, including those who may have had limited opportunities to participate in the arts’.

Decibel: MC posse Decypher

INTERVIEW: DECYPHER Steven Luckie wraps up his Black Voices special, recorded at the 2009 Decibel showcase in Manchester, by chatting to the Decypher Collective, spoken-word artists who officially opened the event: Evoke, RT, LCB and the Nutty Professor are currently working at the Birmingham Rep.

Black and Asian writers discuss white youth

WHITE WORKING-CLASS SPECIAL Playwrights Roy Williams and Ashmeed Sohoye talk to Aleks Sierz about two plays – Williams’s Days of Significance (RSC) and Sohoye’s Rigged (Theatre Centre) – both of which examine the condition of white working-class youth in contemporary Britain. Recorded at Theatre Centre.

Black Voices returns with… actor Tyrone Huggins

BLACK VOICES: TYRONE HUGGINS The actor, director and writer talks to Steve Luckie about his varied career, as well as about the Sustained Theatre, and its aims to transform the theatre scene.

Black Voices: Playwright Michael Bhim (2/2)

BLACK VOICES: MICHAEL BHIM (2/2) Steven Luckie talks to the rising playwright about his development and work, including Pure Gold, which was staged at the Soho Theatre in October 2007. Expletives not deleted.

Black Voices: Playwright Michael Bhim (1/2)

BLACK VOICES: MICHAEL BHIM (1/2) Steven Luckie talks to the rising playwright about his development and work, focusing especially on the influence of Continental European literature on his outlook. Expletives not deleted.

Director Sacha Wares on Random

20 March 2008

in Black Voices, Directors, New Writing

INTERVIEW: SACHA WARES The director talks to Aleks Sierz about her production of debbie tucker green’s latest, Random (Royal Court), and about her other stagings of this innovative and provocative playwright’s work.

Statement of Regret: the black British verdict

CRITICAL DIVERSITY: STATEMENT OF REGRET An in-depth discussion of Kwame Kwei-Armah’s new play, running at the National’s Cottesloe theatre; hosted by Uchenna Izundu, with Anneesh Newby Wright and Darren Thomas. Recorded at the National Theatre. First in a new ‘critical diversity’ initiative.

Director Angus Jackson chats to Philip Fisher

21 November 2007

in Directors, Musicals, New Writing

INTERVIEW: ANGUS JACKSON The director chats to Philip Fisher about the creation of the Blondie musical, Desperately Seeking Susan (Novello), and about directing Kwame Kwei-Armah in that writer and actor’s own play, Elmina’s Kitchen (National).

Director Bijan Sheibani on The Brothers Size

19 November 2007

in American Drama, Directors, New Writing

INTERVIEW: BIJAN SHEIBANI The new head of the ATC (Actors Touring Company) talks to Aleks Sierz about his imaginative staging of Tarell Alvin McCraney’s The Brothers Size, a hit for the Young Vic, and explains some of the Yoruba cosmology that underpins the play.

Legendary South African actor John Kani

BLACK VOICES: JOHN KANI The legendary South African actor and writer takes a break from his current nationwide tour of Nothing but the Truth to tell Steven Luckie about his amazing career, which includes such classics as Siswe Banzi Is Dead, The Island and the film Serafina.

Artistic director Karena Johnson talks to Steven Luckie

22 May 2007

in Black Voices, Directors

BLACK VOICES: KARENA JOHNSON The first black female programmer and first black female artistic director of a regional theatre chats to Steven Luckie about her career, black theatre in London and beyond, and the Olympics.

Playwright Oladipo Agboluaje on his new plays

BLACK VOICES: OLADIPO AGBOLUAJE The playwright talks to Steven Luckie about his work, including Early Morning (Oval House), an adaptation of Mother Courage and Her Children (Nottingham Playhouse), The Estate (Soho) and the upcoming The Christ of Coldharbour Lane (Soho).

Actor Jimmy Akingbola chats about his career

BLACK VOICES: JIMMY AKINGBOLA The actor talks to Steven Luckie about his background, his career and roles in Baby Doll (Birmingham Rep), The People Next Door (Traverse), Blue/Orange (Sheffield Crucible) and The Cut (Donmar).

The top women at Talawa review the company

5 February 2007

in Black Voices, Directors

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BLACK VOICES: TALAWA Artistic Director Pat Cumper and Executive Director Deborah Sawyerr talk to Steven Luckie about the ups and downs of Talawa, a black theatre company which was set up in 1986 by Yvonne Brewster. They also outline their future plans.

Director Michael Buffong on To Kill a Mockingbird

12 September 2006

in Black Voices, Directors, Regional Theatre

BLACK VOICES: MICHAEL BUFFONG Steven Luckie interviews the director about his To Kill a Mockingbird at the West Yorkshire Playhouse.

Post-show chat about Zimbabwe

BLACK VOICES: QABUKA Post-show chat about Zimbabwe at the Oval House Theatre, with director Ben Evans, actor Patson Mazuwa and human rights activist Peter Tatchell. Excerpt.

Black Theatre: Writing from Reality (1/3)

BLACK VOICES: WRITING FROM REALITY (1/3) Major forum about black writing with Michael Buffong, Joan Carty, Angus Jackson, Kwame Kwei-Armah, Justice Williams and Roy Williams. Tyrone Huggins hosts at the Birmingham Rep. Recorded live.

Black Theatre: Writing from Reality (2/3)

BLACK VOICES: WRITING FROM REALITY (2/3) Michael Buffong, Joan Carty, Angus Jackson, Kwame Kwei-Armah, Justice Williams and Roy Williams discuss black theatre. Q&A. Tyrone Huggins hosts. Recorded live.

Black Theatre: Writing from Reality (3/3)

BLACK VOICES: WRITING FROM REALITY (3/3) Michael Buffong, Joan Carty, Angus Jackson, Kwame Kwei-Armah, Justice Williams and Roy Williams discuss black creativity. Q&A. Tyrone Huggins hosts. Recorded live.

Actor Anthony Chisolm talks about Gem of the Ocean

NEW YORK SPECIAL The actor Anthony Chisolm talks about his role in Gem of the Ocean (Walter Kerr, NYC), the ninth play in August Wilson’s cycle about African-American history. Philip Fisher quizzes.

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