Global Black Voices showcases excerpts of plays by black writers from around the world that have never before been staged in the UK.
Selected through a call out by poet and journalist Bridget Minamore, the plays are:
Deux Femmes on the Edge de la Revolution by France-Luce Benson (USA/Haiti)
The Preacher’s Wife by Shayera Dark (Nigeria)
No Easter Sunday for Queers by Koleka Putuma (South Africa)
I Love Him BUT… by Maxwell Odoi-Yeboah (Ghana)
How Blood Go by Lisa Langford (USA)
54 Silhouettes by Africa Ukoh (Nigeria)
The readings will be followed by a post-performance conversation about the works featured and the common themes unearthed.
Global Voices Theatre is a theatre company that works with international playwrights based outside the UK to showcase work in translation and from the wider English-speaking world through uniquely curated events.
Roundhouse, Chalk Farm Road, NW18 London, United Kingdom
Global Voices Theatre is a theatre project working with international playwrights to share new rehearsed readings.
Curated by Mohegan theatre-maker Madeline Sayet, the evening features excerpts from five plays by Indigenous writers from around the world, and a post-performance discussion about the plays and the themes unearthed.
The lineup of plays is: Bingo Hall by Dillon Chitto (Laguna and Isleta Pueblos, Mississippi Choctaw – USA) Where the Summit Meets the Stars by Frank Henry Kaash Katasse (Tlingít – Tsaagweidí – Juneau, Alaska, U.S.A.) Women of the Fur Trade by Frances Koncan (Couchiching First Nation – Canada) The Unplugging by Yvette Nolan (Algonquin Nation, Kitigan Zibi community – Quebec, Canada) The Third Country by Sani Muliaumaseali’i (Samoa – Vaiala/Fasitoo-uta/Pu’aPu’a Aotearoa New Zealand)
The readings will be followed by a post-show conversation with Global Indigenous Voices curator Madeline Sayet (Mohegan) and Border Crossings’ ORIGINS Festival Associate Artist Stephanie Pratt (Dakota Sioux).
GLOBAL INDIGENOUS VOICES expands the reach of ORIGINS to engage with emerging playwrights and distinct new voices; offering a forum for open discussion about current issues and the role of the arts within global debate.
The British Library 96 Euston Road, NW1 2DB London, United Kingdom
In a world that seems more connected than ever, how deep do these connections really run? When news of the present reaches us in the blink of an eye, how much sight do we have of the past? As some freedoms are won in one place, only for others to be curtailed elsewhere, we must ask: how can we cultivate a global queer community, maintain our relationships and sustain our selves?
From a nightclub in Florida to another in Berlin; from neighbours in Botswana to old flames in India; from protest in Istanbul to solidarity in Belgrade. Six queer stories speak to each other across languages, cultures and generations.
Faced with uncertainty, when the only constant is change, we explore how queer writers worldwide, and the theatre they create, can help us navigate. Whatever our destination.
Global Voices Theatre is back with a new selection of plays never before heard on a UK stage. Join us on Saturday 6 April at Arcola Theatre form 3.30pm to discover excerpts of:
Furious Orlando by Pedro Villora (Spain) Translated by David Drake Directed by Elliot Jokinen
He Came to Berlin to Die by Jason Morris Danino Holt (Israel) Directed by Guido Garcia
Will You Come with Me? by Ebru Nihan Celkan (Turkey) Translated by Kate Ferguson Directed by Tasmine Airey
My Dear by Olga Dimitrijević (Serbia) Translated by Ksenija Latinović Directed by Yuyu Wang
Talking Heads by Katlego Kolanyane-Kesupile (Botswana) Directed by Rebecca Goh
So Far by Vikrant Dhote (India) Directed by Elliot Jokinen
This event is curated by William Gregory, who trained in acting in the UK and Spain and began translating plays in 2003. He is the editor and translator of The Oberon Anthology of Contemporary Spanish Plays and his translation of Cuzco by Víctor Sánchez Rodríguez is playing at Theatre 503 in early 2019. His translations have also featured at the Royal Court, Gate Theatre, and on BBC Radio.
The plays will be followed by a discussion with Wiliam Gregory, Stephen Farrier, and Whiskey Chow.
6 April, 3:30pm Arcola Theatre 24 Ashwin Street, E8 3DL London, United Kingdom £5
Global Voices is a theatre project working with international playwrights to showcase plays in translation and from the wider English-speaking world through rehearsed reading events.
Following a worldwide call-out, Global Arab Female Voices in partnership with AWAN will showcase excerpts of up to 5 plays from Arab writers around the globe. Curated by Taghrid Choucair-Vizoso, producer of Shubbak Festival and director of At Home in Gaza and London, the event will also include a post-performance discussion about the plays featured, and the common themes unearthed.
Come and discover five excerpts of plays never before staged in the UK:
– The Manual of Little Wars by Chrystèle Khodr (Lebanon) translated by Katharine Halls, directed by Sara Aniqa Malik
– Ordinary People by Zainab Magdy (Egypt) translated by Zainab Magdy & Katharine Halls, directed by Diyan Zora
– Noura by Heather Raffo (IUSA-Iraq) directed by Layla Madanat
– A Sheep Chase by Amiya Nagpal (UAE) directed by Beverly Andrews and
– Them by Samah Sabawi (Australia-Palestine)
Following a worldwide call-out, Global Arab Female Voices in partnership with AWAN will showcase excerpts of up to 5 plays from Arab writers around the globe.
******** At a time when it is increasingly radical to be international, Global Voices aims to support emerging playwrights whose points of view might otherwise not be represented; to bring audiences knowledge of worlds they may never have had the opportunity to engage with and to be a forum for open discussion about current issues and the role of the arts within global debate. Come and join the adventure!
AWAN, which is about to enter its 5th edition, showcases the work of contemporary Arab women artists in the UK, Europe and beyond, providing opportunities for artists and audiences to celebrate, be informed and network whilst exposing new audiences to the work of emerging and established artists. www.awan.org.uk
This Event is produced by Arts Canteen in association with Global Voices Theatre and supported by Rich Mix London.
Global Voices Theatre are back with a brand new selection of the best international new writing. Come discover excerpts of plays never before staged in the UK; read and performed by members of the Arcola Community Theatre Companies, the event is programmed via an international call for playwrights and curated by Fauve Alice.
23 Feb 8pm Arcola Theatre 24 Ashwin Street, E8 3DL London, United Kingdom £5
This edition’s theme is Desire. Fauve says:
we read the many beautiful and engaging submissions that we received
from across the globe, desire seemed a fitting perspective from which to
engage with these texts. For all their differences in story and form it
was the desires of the characters which captured us and made us want to
inquire further, to place them onstage. We invite our audience to look
at these five disparate pieces from that perspective.”
Tales Of a City by the Sea by Samah Sabawi Directed by Belinda Clarke
between two worlds and one heartbreaking ultimatum, Jomana and Rami
must decide whether love is strong enough to battle religion, family and
Shikhandi – The Story of the In-Betweens by Faezeh Jalali Directed by Filiz Ozcan
was Amba in her previous life who had sworn revenge on Bhishma for
abducting her from her Swayamvar and then refusing to marry her. On her
wedding night, Yaksha gives Shikhandi his penis in exchange for her
vagina, and she (Shikandi) is transformed into a ‘man’.
on the battlefield (of Kurukshetra, between the Pandavs and Kauravs),
Bhishma sees Shikhandi as a woman. Will Bhishma attack Shikhandi? Will
Shikhandi finally get her revenge?
Encounter by Nina Mitrović Translated by the playwright Directed by Emma Linley
happens when a son and his father talk? On the verge of conflict, where
communication is almost impossible, Encounter brilliantly captures the
charged atmosphere between father and son, where resentment and love
I Often Dream of Revolution by Olga Dimitrijević Translated by Ksenija Latinović Directed by Olorunfemi Fagunwa
women meet at the beginning of a social revolution. As they join the
upheaval, I Often Dream of Revolution explores the role of women in
social change and war migration, and the power of feminist love,
solidarity and friendship.
Ella (She) by Susana Torres Molina Translated by María Claudia André and Barbara Younoszai Directed by Betsy Picart
men reveal their desperation, fragility and vulnerability, when
suffering from uncontrollable desire. How far will they go to win one
woman’s complete devotion and love?
reading will be followed by a half hour post-show discussion: “What
women want: how is female desire portrayed on stage?” Panellists include
Co-Founder of [Foreign Affairs] theatre company, Trine Garrett.