Thinking about the future: Nala (Ava Brennan) and Simba (Jonathan Andrew Hume). Photo Credit Johan Persson
Despite most of my nieces and nephews, along with their parents, having made their merry way to see The Lion King over the years, I had yet to take the plunge. Far from being a sign of avoidance, other shows have competed for and captured my interest with greater success.
Film: 3½ Minutes, Ten Bullets
Director: Marc Silver
Producers: Minette Nelson, Carolyn Hepburn
Distributed by: Dogwoof Films
Review by Awra Tewolde-Berhan
Marc Silver’s gripping documentary 3 ½ Minutes, Ten Bullets, is like a thriller and serves as a painful reminder of how a fleeting moment can destroy a life. In this case, the tragic murder of an African American teenager, 17 year old Jordan Davis, at the hands of a white middle aged man called Michael Dunn, on 23 November 2012.
Daphne Kapsali took a big risk. She left her job, gave up her flat, escaped London and flew to the remote Greek island of Sifnos. Kapsali had it in her head to write a novel in 100 days. When that failed to materialise she started writing a blog to help her get started. That blog attracted followers who then responded positively to her Kickstarter appeal to raise funds to self publish her book 100 Days of Solitude.
Trouble on the horizon: Jennifer Saayeng (Ree) and Allyson Ava-Brown (Bo). Photo Credit Robert Day.
Theatre: Theatre Royal Stratford East
Play: The Etienne Sisters
Playwright: Che Walker
Director: Che Walker
Review by Joy Francis
Female sibling rivalry, festering resentments and grief are all on bold display in Che Walker’s latest musical endeavour The Etienne Sisters.
No longer forgotten: Paterson Joseph as Charles Ignatius Sancho. Photo credit: Robert Day
Paterson Joseph is one of the most familiar faces on TV, yet you would be hard pressed to see him on a chat show – out of choice. His penchant for choosing unusual roles has seen him star alongside Leonardo DiCaprio and Tilda Swinton in The Beach, Jill Scott and David Oyelowo in The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency and Charlize Theron in Æon Flux. He caused farcical mayhem in the award-winning comedy classic Green Wing, and in My Shakespeare he went back to his old stomping ground, in Harlesden, to work with young people to stage a production of Romeo and Juliet as part of a Channel 4 documentary. Paterson’s chameleon-like quality is being called upon again, this time in his one-man show, Sancho: An Act of Remembrance, about Charles Ignatius Sancho.
Dona Croll is an acting stalwart. With appearances on TV, stage and screen, she has sustained a successful career and doesn’t shy away from politics. Born in Jamaica to a lay preacher father and reverend mother, Croll came to England at five years old. Her love of acting was encouraged at grammar school and she hasn’t looked back. From comedy (Gimme Gimme), theatre (All My Sons, Twelfth Night) to soaps (Family Affairs), drama (Ice Cream Girls) and film (Maderlay, Eastern Promises), Croll’s versatility is self evident.
Put your career on the map: Nick Makoha, Hannah Lowe and Gemma Seltzer.
Arts Council England and Words of Colour Productions would like to invite you to:
Sustaining your career as a black and minority ethnic writer
Wednesday 7 October 2015
@Arts Council England
Places are free but limited to 30
Words of Colour Productions, in partnership with Arts Council England, is hosting a dynamic one-off free event for black and minority ethnic writers to help them understand the relevance of entrepreneurship and the available sources of financial support from Arts Council England and other funders. Arts Council England will focus on Grants for the Arts, Arts Council England’s National Lottery funded open access grant for individuals, arts organisations and other people who use the arts in their work.
A desolate life: Jodie McNee (Liz Morden) and Cyril Nri (Captain Arthur Phillip). Photo credit: Simon Annand
Play: Our Country’s Good
Theatre: National Theatre
Playwright: Timberlake Wertenbaker
Director: Nadia Fall
Review by Natalie Gormally
Nadia Fall brings Timberlake Wertenbaker’s iconic play to the National Theatre in an epic production of first class acting, terrific staging and a stunning musical collaboration.
Amit Sharma has been Graeae’s associate director since 2011, but he first made contact with the 35 year old theatre company when he was 19 years old and attended its Missing Piece training programme for actors back in 2000.
Stefan Adegbola as Associate Pastor in the Christians (left). Photo credit for image (right): Heloise Faure
Stefan Adegbola’s first acting break has all the hallmarks of the fantasy start, which happens to so few actors. In 2013 he landed his first role in Michael Grandage’s Midsummer Night’s Dream when he hadn’t yet graduated from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. After that head-turning beginning, he has continued to make great strides in the theatre, appearing in some of the classics, such as The Merchant of Venice and Othello.
Mabel Aghadiuno has loved writing since primary school. Born in Scotland of Nigerian parents, she ended up being a GP. Her passion for writing was revitalised four years ago when she tried her hand at fiction after producing a published work of non-fiction.