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Talawa to present its first outdoor production at Greenwich+Docklands International Festival

The Company of The Tide in rehearsals. Photo credit: Pamela Raith Photography.

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

FOR the first time in the company’s thirty-three years, Talawa Theatre Company is presenting its first ever show created exclusively for outdoor performance.

Co-created by choreographer Jade Hackett and writer Ryan Cameron, The Tide explores the narratives and experiences of migration within The United Kingdom. The Tide is free to view and no booking is required.

Unknown land, new arrivals, boarded doors and a suitcase full of hopes, dreams and aspirations. Through a fusion of hip-hop and live music, The Tide presents an abstract and visually exciting look at stories of arrival, welcome, rejection and exclusion.

With live music providing punctuation to the action, The Tide’s artists navigate through the storyline reflecting the hopes, fears and experiences of new arrivals to the UK in their new land, holding a mirror to an evolving British culture.

Artistic Director Michael Buffong said: “We wanted to step outside of a traditional theatre setting and engage with audiences in a different way. We also wanted to present complex ideas in a new and exciting way, to find out how audiences thought about these issues and engage with artists whose background wasn’t in traditional theatre, so that we could learn from that experience and enrich our work.”

The cast includes Davie Bennie, William Brettle, Jackie Kibuka and Elsabet Yonas.

Dates: Greenwich+Docklands International Festival – June 29, 2019.

The Tide can also be seen at the Norfolk and Norwich Festival on May 18 and 19, 2019.