Wasafiri’s 30th anniversary event

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Wasafiri, the Magazine of International Contemporary Writing, is delighted to launch its one-off student issue, New Generations, at Keats House as part of our 30th anniversary celebrations this year. Join acclaimed poet Daljit Nagra and some of the UK’s best writers reading alongside London’s brightest new voices. Over six months from October 2013 in conjunction with Eastside Educational Trust,Wasafiri ran an exciting writing and publishing project with four schools around London. Now, three of the brilliant mentoring writers, Jay Bernard, Bobby Nayyar and Shazea Quraishi, will join some of these budding young authors on stage to read for one night only. Also appearing is Christie Watson, whose fiction excerpt ‘Basketball Player’ featured in Wasafiri in 2009 and formed the basis of her Costa First Novel Prize-winning Tiny Sunbirds Far Away. The evening will be introduced and hosted by Keats House Writer-in-Residence Daljit Nagra, who was first published in Wasafiri as a new poet in 2002

Date: Thursday 3 July 2014
Venue: Keats House, Keats Grove, London NW3 2RR
Time:: 6.30pm-8.30pm
Website: www.wasafiri.org

Step Change Programme

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Step Change is a national programme by the National Theatre for professionals seeking to progress and develop their careers in the management of the performing arts, supporting those in need of a change of direction. With a focus on producing and management roles, Step Change expands the range of opportunities for those wanting to make a transition within or into the arts, especially those who are overlooked and underrepresented. The programme is for people who are at early/mid career level with a relevant transferable skillset; are mature and self-aware with the ability to evaluate and take ownership of their own professional development and have experience of working – preferably within the arts – for either a large organisation, a small one, independently, or all three (minimum three years, no maximum). If successful you will receive coaching and mentoring, residential masterclasses, secondments at the host organisation and networking with peers and industry professionals.

Deadline: Monday 23 June 2014 (10am)
Venues: The Waterbar, Thistle Hotel, King’s Road, BN1 2GS and The Writers’ Place, 9 Jew Street, Brighton, BN1 1UT. For London and Norwich venues, check the website.
Booking: Download the application form
Email: Gemma Baxter at gbaxter@nationaltheatre.org.uk

Klook’s Last Stand

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Drifting in and out of love: Ako Mitchell (Klook) and Sheila Atim (Vinette). Photo credit Arnim Friess.

Play: Klook’s Last Stand
Theatre: Park Theatre
Playwright: Ché Walker
Director: Ché Walker

Review by Natalie Gormally

Park Theatre’s intimate 90-seat studio space plays host to writer-director Ché Walker’s powerful new musical drama Klook’s Last Stand. Set in present day California, Walker’s production is an intense love story, full of hope, loss and jazz-soul tunes.

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Interview with Noma Dumezweni

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Noma Dumezweni is a chameleon. From New York to Cuba, from Nigeria to South Africa, her ability to play with accents and reflect different cultural experiences, both past and present, is impressive. The Olivier Award winner for her role in the Young Vic production of the American classic A Raisin in the Sun, has acted with Jude Law in Michael Grandage’s Henry V and charmed in Bola Agbaje’s Belong (Royal Court). On TV she has appeared in shows such as Frankie, Roy Williams’ Fallout and Little Miss Jocelyn and in film, alongside Chiwetel Ejiofor in Dirty Pretty Things.

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Who is telling our stories?

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Screenwriter (Coronation Street, Nine Nights) and documentary filmmaker (Under Your Nose) Veronica McKenzie attended the Sheffield Doc/Fest for Words of Colour Productions to see what was happening for black and minority ethnic filmmakers. Amid some fascinating work and great panel discussions, filmmakers of colour were thin on the ground.

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What’s Up launches on Sky 1

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On Saturday 14 June 2014 at 11.30am, a weekly 30 minute dynamic lifestyle and entertainment show called What’s Up will debut on Sky 1 with two young black anchors. Far from being a ‘new’ show, What’s Up has been going for over eight years, as a training initiative aimed at diverse audiences and made by talented young people.

Joy Francis speaks to the show’s founder Bob Clarke and one of the show’s anchors, journalist and presenter Jacqueline Shepherd, about media diversity and the importance of putting diverse talent in front of and behind the camera.

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Interview with Amma Asante

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After a 10 year hiatus, Amma Asante is back with a bang with her highly praised film Belle, about the 18th century mixed race aristocrat Dido Elizabeth Belle Lindsay. Originally trained as an actor when young, Asante appeared in well known TV dramas such as Grange Hill, Desmond’s and Birds of a Feather. In her late teens she left acting and became a scriptwriter and director, starting with the urban drama Brothers and Sisters on BBC2.

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Film: Belle
Director: Amma Asante
Screenplay: Misan Sagay
Producer: Damian Jones
Distributed by: Twentieth Century Fox

Review by Joy Francis

Ten years after her BAFTA Award winning debut A Way of Life, Amma Asante unveils Belle, an assured, lavish and beautiful costume drama exploring familiar themes of politics, race, class and identity through the eyes of an unconventional heroine.

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Tula: The Revolt

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Slave uprising: Tula led a revolt against his Dutch colonisers.

Film: Tula: The Revolt
Cinema:: The Dutch Centre
Director: Jeroen Leinders
Screenplay: Curtis Holt Hawkins and Jeroen Leinders

Review by Patsy Antoine

Slave narratives are numerous in film, but less so are stories of the heroes that fought back and led uprisings against the colonists who enslaved them.

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A Human Being Died That Night

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The mind of a killer: Noma Dumezweni (Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela) and Matthew Marsh (Eugene de Kock). Photo credit: Jesse Kate Kramer

Play: A Human Being Died That Night
Theatre: Hampstead Theatre
Playwright: Nicholas Wright
Director: Jonathan Munby

Review by Natalie Gormally

What makes a man commit deplorable crimes against humanity based on a person’s race? And can a society ever recover after decades of state sanctioned violence? These are some of the questions A Human Being Died That Night, a true story play set in South Africa, tries to answer.

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Bus tales: Danusia Samal (Demi) and Toyin Kinch (Malachi) steal the show. Photo credit: Graeme Braidwood

Play: Circles
Theatre: Tricycle Theatre
Playwright: Rachel De-lahay
Director: Tessa Walker

Review by Natalie Gormally

Rachel De-lahay’s powerful new play Circles depicts the cycle of violence across three generations of women.

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