Igweonu, Kene ORCID logoORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-8937-4206 (2015) Talawa. In: British Theatre Companies 1980-1994: Joint Stock, Gay Sweatshop, Complicite, Forced Entertainment, Women's Theatre Group, Talawa. Saunders, Graham, ed. Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, London, pp. 237-255. ISBN 9781408175491, pbk-ISBN 9781408175484, e-ISBN 9781408175514, e-ISBN 9781408175507, e-ISBN 9781408175477. [Book Section] (doi:10.5040/9781408175477.ch-008)

[img] PDF - Final accepted version (with author's formatting)
Restricted to Repository staff and depositor only

Download (905kB)


The chapter examines the first decade of Talawa’s existence as a black-led British theatre company, since it was founded in 1985 by the quartet of Yvonne Brewster, Carmen Munroe, Mona Hammond, and Inigo Espejel. Talawa, which was founded as a black-led theatre company, in response to what was then perceived as the lack of representation and creative opportunities has since cemented its place in mainstream Britain theatre and prides itself as Britain’s primary black-led theatre company. This chapter utilises a range of sources, including material from the company archives held at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London to construct a narrative of its development from 1985 to 1994—a period of phenomenal rise for the company that contrasts sharply with a decline in the number of black and ethnic minorities (BAME) theatre companies in Britain.

Item Type: Book Section
Research Areas: A. > School of Media and Performing Arts
Item ID: 27501
Useful Links:
Depositing User: Kene Igweonu
Date Deposited: 04 Sep 2019 15:06
Last Modified: 29 Nov 2022 22:58
URI: https://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/id/eprint/27501

Actions (login required)

View Item View Item


Activity Overview
6 month trend
6 month trend

Additional statistics are available via IRStats2.