- Absolute Beginners 2007
Teenagers are blowing away the cobwebs of post-war life - the absolute beginners are creating the world anew. A Vespa-riding young...
- Barbershop, The 2013
- Canton Kitty 2013
- Gather in Your Name 2013
- Generations 2013
- Hold On 1999
Hold On tells the story of the egotistical chauvinist Rufus Collins trying to put on a sixties soul tribute concert, while his female...
- Horses Of The Night 2013
Horses of the Night draws heavily on the language and themes of Christpoher Marlowe's Dr Faustus.
- Jumbie Street March 2013
T-Bone Wilson's play explores the emergence in Guyana of a seemingly socialist government.
- Just One Kiss 2013
- RAAS 2013
- Ritual By Water 2013
- Sea at Dauphin 2013
The sea is a metaphor in this play as two fishermen confront their lives and regeneration on a West Indian island.
- Temba 2013
- Township Boy 2013
- Unbroken 2013
- You Are What You Eat 2013
- Lily of Bermuda, The 1909
- At What A Price 1933
The play, a comedy, concerns the fate of a young Jamaican woman who moves from the countryside into the city of Kingston to work as a...
- Toussaint L'Ouverture 1936
In 1791, inspired by the ideals of the French Revolution, the slaves of San Domingo rose in revolt. Despite invasion by a series of...
- Pocomania 1938
The Play explores how Pocomania, a Jamaican cult religion derived principally from African sources has affected an ordinary middle-class...
- Flesh to a Tiger 1958
Drama set in the Caribbean
- Invention, The 1959
- You in Your Small Corner 1960
Dave has just moved to London from Jamaica to study and be with his mother, Mrs Jordan, who runs a social club for her fellow countrymen...
- Skyvers 1963
- Dance Bongo 1965
- Jack of Spades 1965
Written for the Commonwealth Arts Festival Jack of Spades courted controversy while touching directly on matters of importance and...
- Road, The 1965
- Sit Down, Banna 1968
- Strong Breed, The 1968
- Don't Gas the Blacks 1969
- Dialogue 1970
An episode, which obliquely shows the dangers for black people of succumbing to society's mad desire for consumer goods and forgetting...
- Indian 1970
Indian is an entertaining slice of life set in a West Indian pad near Westbourne Grove, London.
- My Enemy 1970
My Enemy shows the attempts of a white MP to verbally destroy a Black Power leader who is having an affair with his daughter.
- Party 1970
- As Time Goes By 1971
Mustapha Maturas first full-length play, As Time Goes By won the George Devine and John Whiting awards in 1971. A satirical comedy about...
- 11 Josephine House 1972
A black family are trying to adjust to the temptations of English Life; a black preacher falls from grace.
- Bakerloo Line 1972
A black man meets a white woman at a liberal party in London.
- Black By Night 1972
- Gbana Bendu 1973
- Island, The 1973
Two political prisoners in the Robben Island maximum security prison perform lengthy backbreaking mimes. Part of A South African Season.
- Nice 1973
- Sizwe Bansi is Dead 1973
Sizwe Bansi is Dead written collaboratively with South African actors John Kani and Winston Ntshona explores the dehumanising treatment...
- Sweet Talk 1973
Set in a single room whose walls define its characters' lives, Sweet Talk, the most widely performed of Michael Abbensetts' plays, is a...
- The Bacchae 1973
- Body and Soul 1974
- Jero's Metamorphosis 1974
- Play Mas 1974
Play Mas recreates the impact of the heady political momentum generated by the People's National Movement in Trinidad in the early...
- Storm Baby, A 1974
- X 1974
- School's Out 1975
The play follows new idealistic headteacher Russ Dacres' doomed efforts to turn the school into a new centre for learning.
- Swamp Dweller's, The 1975
- Bread 1976
- Parcel Post 1976
A supposed virgin bride travels from Africa to join the bridegroom in London. All they know of each other is from photographs.
- Rum an' Coca Cola 1976
- Sherry and Wine 1976
- Come Jubilee 1977
- Lament for Rastafari 1977
A vast historical and geographical panorama of the trials of Rastafarian life. Set in Jamaica, New York and England, the play begins with...
- On The Out 1977
- Say Hallelujah 1977
Say Hallelujah is a comedy set around the domestic and religious exploits of a long suffering easy going West Indian grocer and his...
- Alterations 1978
Alterations is a comedy set in a tailor's shop, inspired by a real visit to a small room off Carnaby Street where two black tailors had...
- Another Tuesday 1978
- Black Women, The 1978
The Black Women explores the lonely, alienated lives of African American women in New York.
- Masada 1978
- More More 1978
- Pantomime 1978
Pantomine is a fast pace comedy set on the Caribbean island of Tobago. In the hope of entertaining future guests, an English Hotel owner...
- School Leaver, The 1978
'The School Leaver is about a young black man in the last year of his school. He finds staying on futile and decides to leave and earn a...
- Independence 1979
- Mister Biko 1979
- Teresa 1979
Alton Kumalo's main protagonist Teresa, finds herself trapped between the conflicting cultures of her native Zambia and the English...
- Welcome Home Jacko 1979
Welcome Home Jacko was inspired by a visit Matura made to a youth club in Sheffield in the 1970s. The play examines the lives of four...
- Dying Business, A 1980
- Hard Time Pressure 1980
- Samba 1980
Samba tells the story of Alfredo Lamas a 1950s former Samba King, now running a mini-cab firm. Once the star attraction of the Samba Club...
- Scrape off the Black 1980
London's East End in 1973. Trevor organises a surprise party on the release of his brother Andy from Borstal prison. But Rose, his bingo...
- Strange Fruit 1980
A study of a black family caught between two cultures.
- Carve your Name 1981
- Day of Action 1981
- Hungry Earth, The 1981
- In The Mood 1981
In The Mood focuses on two Caribbean Second World War veterans, whose nostalgic Remembrance Sunday lunch is disrupted by a visit from...
- In Transit 1981
- Man and Soul 1981
- One Rule 1981
Directed by Charlie Hanson this is a play about an ambitious reggae band. Tick, the idealisitic bassist of the band, challenges his...
- Chameleon 1982
- Fingers Only 1982
Set in a small town near Lagos during World War 2 Fingers Only is the tale of three pick-pockets, Bab-Osa (master-pick-pocket) Magun Yaro...
- Fishing 1982
- Four Hundred Pounds 1982
Refusal to pot the black in a snooker game on ideological grounds loses hero and his more pragmatic gambling partner similar sum of money.
- Meetings 1982
Hugh and Jean are a middle class, successful, Trinidadian couple leading very busy lifestyles. Hugh becomes aware of something missing in...
- Sink or Swim 1982
- That Generation 1982
- Toussaint 1982
- Where There Is Darkness 1982
Where There is Darkness examines the plight of a West Indian Man on the eve of his return to the Caribbean after an absence of 25 ,...
- Nine Night, The 1983
Hamon Williams has lived in exile in England for twenty years. He calls a family gathering to propose that the family can regain its...
- On Duty 1983
- Outlaw, The 1983
Having visited the United States, Gloria returns to her husband and to her home with new ideas about freedom within her marriage and...
- Shelter, The 1983
The first half of this play takes place on a desert island in the late eighteenth-century where an upper-class woman and a black man in...
- Silhouette 1983
Silhouette examines the meeting between a young woman and the spirit of a woman who died a slave in the Caribbean 200 years ago.
- Sleeping Policeman 1983
Sleeping Police examines Peckham, in South London, through the eyes of six of its inhabitants.
- Smile Orange 1983
A romp through a tourist trap hotel.
- Two Can Play 1983
Jim and Gloria smuggle their three children out of the country to what they believe will be a better life in America.
- Umongikazi 1983
- Boot Dance, The 1984
The play follows the disintegration and slow recovery of a young South African boot dancer who, after ten years alone in England suddenly...
- Coming Up For Air 1984
- Compound Images 1984
- Downside Up 1984
- El Dorado 1984
Specifically set in 'The West Indies', El Dorado turns its attention to a mixed-race, middle class family interred in their formerly...
- Langbodo 1984
- Money To Live 1984
The play tells the story of the underpaid, yet independent, Charlene. Her vivacious friend Judy persuades Charlene to join her in the...
- No Place To Be Nice 1984
This is the story of Price, an unsuccessful business man who aspires to greater things. His life is a round of never-ending, ominous...
- Old Story Time 1984
- Playboy of the West Indies 1984
Based on J M Synges Playboy of the Western World,Matura's play opened at the Oxford Playhouse in 1984 and subsequently toured the UK...
- Pyeyucca 1984
- Redemption Song 1984
Redemption Song is a blend of melodrama and ritual. A poet, Legion Bramble, returns to his island homeland during the Mummers' Festival...
- Rose's Story 1984
- Success or Failure 1984
- Trial And Error 1984
- Trial of Dedan Kimathi, The 1984
The Trial of Dedan Kimathi is set during 1952-60, the last phase of British colonial rule in Kenya. Kimathi, leader of the Kenyan Land...
- Basin 1985
- Blues for Railton 1985
Tragi-comedy about a black immigrant family's experiences in Britain, fusing Afro-Caribbean rituals and rhythms.
- Chameleon 1985
- Girl Who Wished, The 1985
The Gril Who Wished is the story of a young girl who prefers to be somebody other than herself. The play explores the idea that role...
- Lonely Cowboy 1985
A couple's attempt to start a cafe leads to comedy and then tragedy as they try to ban other values than their own from the cafe.
- Mamma Decemba 1985
Mamma Decemba is a bittersweet play about an older Jamaican woman living in England who finds herself widowed, jobless, and deserted by...
- Ritual 1985
The play takes on the form of ritual by intersecting text with music and dance. The main character, Barzey, is approaching 40, and as a...
- Soul Night 1986
- Week In Week Out 1985
- Black Jacobins, The 1986
- Chiaroscuro 1986
The play revolves around Aisha, Opal, Beth and Yomi who are brought together by the experiences faced as black women in Britain.
- Echo in the Bone, An 1986
Crew, a black peasant, is missing. Maas Charlie, the white estate owner is dead. What killed him? The answers lie deep in the racial...
- Fixed Deal 1986
- Grace's Story 1986
- Lower Depths, The 1986
- Master of Carnival, The 1986
Based on a short story by Euton Jarvis, which presents a veteran mask maker who sacrifices his life in his effort to win the carnival...
- Pirate Princess, The 1986
The Pirate Princess is set aboard a pirate ship where the notorious John Rackman, alias Calico Jack, leads a band of recalcitrants in his...
- Please And Thank-You 1986
- Revo 1986
- S Bend, The 1986
- Waiting For Hannibal 1986
Waiting for Hannibal is a drama of love, war, power and politics, played out in Africa in 204BC. The play charts and explores the...
- Colour Black, The 1987
- Cripple, The 1987
- First Impressions 1987
- High Life 1987
- Leave Taking 1987
Leave Taking, first produced in 1987 at the Liverpool Playhouse, is a play about relationships, identity and the role of the past in the...
- Remembrance 1987
Remembrance is the story of an eloquent retired teacher who cannot reconcile his anachronistic love of British culture with the evolution...
- Tewodros 1987
- Winds of Change, The 1987
- Black Sheep 1988
- Blood, Sweat and Fears 1988
A fast food restaurant create problems for a black employee when it is discovered he is suffering from Sickle Cell Anaemia. Part of the...
- Children, The 1988
- Island Life 1988
The hopes and fears of three women in an old peoples' home.
- O Babylon! 1988
The play is both the love story of Aaron and Electric Gyal, and the story of the Trench Town community's strugle for survival against the...
- Picture Palace 1988
- Ragamuffin 1989
Ragamuffin is a man on trial. In the 'Supreme Court of Afrikan Justice' he has been indicted for his role in criminalizing the black...
- Sticky Fingers 1988
- Temporary Rupture, A 1988
The man you love, the father of your child, does a bunk at the alter, and disappears out of your life. What do you do? You probably...
- Trinidad Sisters 1988
- Twice Over 1988
- Where To Now 1988
- 65 With a Bullet 1989
- Back Street Mammy 1989
Back Street Mammy explores the consequences of a one night stand.
- Beef, No Chicken 1989
Set in Trinidad, Beef No Chicken is a tragicomedy about a small town facing the encroachment of a six-lane highway.
- Choo Choo Ch'Boogie 1989
- Here Comes A Candle 1989
- Hero's Welcome, A 1989
A Hero's Welcome follows the story of three young women growing up in the Caribbean in 1947 and the men who seem to offer a way out.
- Mother Poem 1989
The stage adaptation of Edward Kamau Brathwaite's Mother Poem is a combination of dreams, memories and questions inspired by the island...
- Prime Time 1989
- Rock in Water, A 1989
A Rock in Water was commissioned by the Royal Court Young People's Theatre, to examine the life and work of Trinidadian journalist and...
- Take Back What's Yours 1989
Although Beatie longs for the idyllic Dominica of her past, where she intends to marry Ronny, she is blind to the tensions that her dream...
- Ave Afrika 1990
Ave Afrika focuses on the evolution of Ave Lucas. A successful business woman, winning the battles of a sometimes obstructive corporate...
- Death and the King's Horseman 1990
The King is dead, and tonight his Horseman must escort him to the Ancestors. As Elesin Oba dances through the closing marketplace,...
- Dragon Can't Dance, The 1990
The Dragon Can't Dance explores the power of Carnival over the lives of the community on Calvary Hill, in Port of Spain, Trinidad.
- Glory 1990
Glory is an anti-imperialist story of struggle for independence for Trinidad and Tobago interweaved with abuse of a young woman by her...
- Paper and Stone 1990
Paper And Stone focuses on the lives of two young black women. Brenda craves independence and is persuaded by Juliet to get away from her...
- Song of Songs 1990
- Streetwise 1990
- 24% 1991
- A Long Way From Home 1991
- Coup, The 1991
A funeral oration of President Eddie Jones; a precarious military takeover with trigger-happy squabbling factions: Mustapha Matura's...
- Jamaican Airman Forsees His Death, A 1991
Three young Jamaican men join the Royal Air Force during the Second World War. A strong bond of friendship and memories of home accompany...
- Stop The Carnival 1991
- Talking In Tongues 1991
Talking in Tongues set in London and New York begins with a New Year's party in London. Whilst hiding amongst the coats away from the...
- Arawak Gold 1992
Arawak Gold explores the arrival of Christopher Columbus to Americas from the perspective of the Arawak Indians.
- Armed and Dangerous 1992
Eight of the country's top black actors give a satirical view of modern black British life in sketches, dance and ensemble routines. They...
- Boy With Beer 1992
- Flamingo 1992
- Goin' Local 1992
- Hound 1992
- Last Blind Date, The 1992
- Odyssey, The 1992
The story of Odysseus' protracted wanderings from fallen Troy to his island home of Ithaca. The episodes are pungently interspersed with...
- On A Level 1992
- Viva Detroit 1992
- Alma 1993
- Battie - Man Blues 1993
- Carver Chair, The 1993
- Invisible 1993
- Leonora's Dance 1993
Leonora always wanted to be a dancer, and her dreams are fulfilled when she joins the ballet. Here she experiences prejudice and...
- Lion, The 1993
- Marching for Fausa 1993
Marching for Fausa explores political corruption in the Federal Republic of Songhai, a fictional country on the west coast of Africa. A...
- No Mean Street 1993
- Romance and Treason 1993
- Running Dream 1993
Running Dream tells the story of three generations of West Indian women with warmth and humour.
- Song of A Bluefoot Man 1993
Song of a Bluefoot Man is the story of a Jamaican traveller and the people he meets, the things he sees, and his dreams. His story is...
- Twilight Shift 1993
The play focuses on two gay men living in a small Scottish mining village.
- Bitter 'n Twisted The Ten Commandments of Black Love 1994
Jamaicans Courtney and Bibby marry in 1966, but one year later they both die in a jealous crime of passion. To save their souls from...
- Black to Basics 1994
- Emigrating Home 1994
- Maskarade 1994
- Moor Masterpieces 1994
Othello, James Baldwin, Solomon, Duke Ellington and Martin Luther King talk about the past, present, slavery and liberation.
- Raising Fires 1994
- Resurrections in the Season of the Longest Drought 1994
Resurrections set in Nigeria is a subversive and satirical drama that takes us into a world where shady drug dealers and corrupt lawyers...
- Two Horsemen 1994
Baja and Langbaja trade stories about life, sex, and god in a run-down shack. They say they are street-sweepers, but gradually they...
- Anansi Come Back 1995
- Bottle Imp, The 1995
- Death Catches the Hunter 1995
When the prophet Emefa receives the word of God he founds a new chruch, and the people flock to see the miracles he performs. He cures...
- Story of M, The 2003
Commissioned by the Institute for Contemporary Arts in 1995, The Story of M has received great critical acclaim in both the United States...
- Zumbi - Flame of Resistance 1995
A muscial drama based on the myths and legends of ZUMBI, a seventeenth century black Brazilian freedom fighter.
- Brother to Brother 1996
A verbal tapestry of interwoven stories exploring the experience of being black and male in Britian.
- Gulp Fiction 1996
Two ex-cons on a mission. Returning to the East End of London after seven years in jail they discover their private lives are in ruins.
- Josie's Boys 1996
- Mules 1996
In a luxury hotel room, three sleek young black women are panicking. They are high-class "mules" (or drugs couriers) and one of their...
- No Boys Cricket Club 1996
Living alone on a drab London council estate, Abi has long since lost sight of the good things in life, until an old friend takes her...
- Small World, A 1996
- To Rahtid 1996
- Ready or Not 1997
- Things Fall Apart 1997
Things Fall Apart is a theatrical adaptation of the Nigerian novelist Chinua Achebe's 1958 novel. The play focuses on the story of...
- Tickets and Ties 1997
Tickets and Ties examines the experiences of an extended West African family living in London.
- Twice Through the Heart 1997
Based on a true story the play focuses on a woman in prison contemplating her life.
- Unbroken 1997
- Weathering the Storm 1997
- Wicked Games 1997
- 48-98 1998
48-98 is a multimedia stage drama which mixes documentary footage with domestic conflict.
- Aeroplane Man 1999
- After Windrush 1998
Michael McMillan's After Windrush presents a rewriting of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet.
- Avalanche 1998
- Booked! 1998
A comic spin through the day-to-day encounters of a group of West African 'visitors' to Britain.
- Independence Day 1998
A woman in her fifties is sleeping with a man in his thirties. They say they're in love with each other. It's a love the world can't live...
- Sin Dykes 1998
Sin Dykes is the story of one woman's exploration of sexuality. "Dykers are out of the closet. Black dykes openly do SM, dykes openly...
- Sounds... in Session 1998
A basement recording studio. Three people are hoping to record the one track that will change their lives; Tanya, a young black singer...
- Starstruck 1998
A snapshot of the hopes and broken dreams of a family in the Caribbean at a time when Hollywood heart-throb Stewart Granger lands in...
- Stick Stack Stock 1998
- Thieves Like Us 1998
- Trickster's Payback 1998
Its 2099 and scoundrels, villains and tricksters are fighting it out. Who do you trust at payback time when you are surrounded by double...
- Absolution 1999
In Absolution a woman leaves the Caribbean, in the postwar migration stream, idealistic and full of hope, to start a new life in England....
- Big Nose 1999
Based on Rostand's classic story of Cyrano de Bergerac and set in the Eastern Caribbean in 1957, the show follows the fortunes of Clovis...
- Bonded 1999
- Can you Keep a Secret? 1999
This tender and moving play explores a shocking murder and it's aftermath.
- Carnival Messiah 1999
Inspired by Handel's celebration of the story of Christ. Carnival Messiah uses the colourful, exuberant traditions of Trinidad carnival...
- Coups and Calypsos 1999
Elvira is African. Rohan is Indian. They are both Trinidadian. They live in London but are stranded on the holiday island of Tobago...
- Happy Birthday Mister Deka D 1999
Mister Deka D celebrates his birthday in a place where time has stood still. A man and a woman come together to confront their past,...
- Hyacinth Blue 1999
Hyacinth Blue tells the stories of Patience, Abina and Charlotte, three women in prison. As Abina does Patiences hair, the voices draw...
- Lift Off 1999
When old time school friends Mal and Tone begin to break their lifelong friendship, bitter prejudices are brought to the fore.
- Oroonoko 1999
In 1688 the British writer and playwright Aphra Behn published her novella, Oroonoko, or the Royal Slave. It tells the strory of an...
- Paper Jackets 1999
- Talking About Men 1999
- Time of Fire, A 1999
- Unfinished Business 1999
- Up Against The Wall 1999
Henry's got an idea. A great idea. An idea that's gonna make him millions. He's gonna write a musical. A black musical. A big black...
- Women Of Troy 2099 1999
Women of Troy 2009 projects Euripides' classic The Trojan Women one hundred years into the future, where global war rages.
- Clear Water 2000
Clear Water, a drama that explores the tension that results as a family struggles to accept its African roots.
- Far Side, The 2000
The Far Side is based on the aftermath of the Stephen Lawrence murder where a kangaroo court of the local community summon back the...
- Gift, The 2000
Since their childhood, when Heather left Jamaica to start a new life in England, her half-sister Bernice always claimed to have 'the gift...
- Junior's Story 2000
A rent boy called Junior gets caught up in male prostitution.
- Local Boy 2000
- Makinde 2000
Inspired by William Shakespeare's Macbeth, Makinde is the story of a young British graduate of West African descent who, on the eve of...
- Mary Seacole 2000
Mary Seacole the Opera tells the dramatic ture story of the pioneering Jamaican healer Mary Seacole daughter of a black Jamiacan mother...
- Poison 2000
- Prayer, The 2000
As a young boy, Granville is subjected to physical and mental torture by his bullying father. He is beaten into submission, battered into...
- Tuna Girl 2000
Marlene has moved to the seaside with her Dad. She misses the city and her friends and the life she left behind. But Marlene's problems...
- two women 2000
- Under Their Influence 2000
Under Their Influence is set in contemporary London. The action takes place in a mental institution where the patient is having what he...
- Water 2000
- Abyssinia 2001
Queen Victoria and Albert had numerous offspring, but none of them had a more profound effect on the Royal family than their black...
- Adventures of Snow Black And Rose Red, The 2001
This is a modern fairy tale fusing African, Asian, and European myth with urban city life. Two female friends are trapped in the web of...
- Bitter Herb, A 2001
Valerie MacKenna is a successful middle-class businesswoman, who lives with her husband, Willard, son Peter and adopted white daughter...
- Brixton Stories (Or the Short and Happy Life of Ossie Jones) 2001
A preacher, heckler and soapbox philosopher debate life and religion. A busker sings the Brixton National anthem, complete with gunshots...
- Caravan 2001
Becky has to go on holiday with her Dad, his new girlfriend, and her daughter Tasmin. Tasmin is only interested in music, clothes and...
- Clubland 2001
Although Ben is married to Denise he's still on the pull, Kenny's looking for someone who's "right", Ade's with Sandra but playing the...
- Equiano 2001
Based on the extraordinary autobiography of Olaudah Equiano, the play explores the secret history of Britain's earliest black community.
- Mapping The Edge 2001
Mapping the Edge was created by Louise Ann Wilson and Wils Wilson in collaboration with playwright Bernardine Evaristo, poet Amanda...
- Musical Youth 2001
- One Love 2001
Hot, humid, downtown Kingston, Jamaica. The 1970s. Streets pulse with reggae, rhythm and dub. Brotherman is a local Rastafarian guru who...
- Passports to the Promised Land 2001
Jordan is on a voyage of discovery. At nineteen years of age he leaves the Caribbean for England in search of his father. But rather than...
- Rock a Bye Camden 2001
- Souls 2001
- Yaa Asantewaa: Warrior Queen 2001
Nana Yaa Asantewaa was a woman of exceptional bravery who, in March 1900, raised and led an army of thousands against the British...
- Amazing Birthday, The 2001
In Birthday Land, Jack's birthday 'Six' is very excited and can't wait for his special day - but things start to go wrong. Slowly, his...
- Caribbean Abroad, A 2002
A Caribbean Abroad explores the experiences of the Caribbean diaspora.
- Catwalk 2002
Make no mistake, a catwalk is a slippery slope to hell, says this play about black people who work in the fashion business. But why is...
- Itsy Bitsy Spider 2002
Itsy Bitsy Spider follows the story of Anansi, the trickster spider on his journey to confront the mighty wind who has taken one of...
- Key Game, The 2002
Care in the community is an issue that will always cause controversy. The Key Game, produced by Talawa, may be set in a psychiatric...
- Long Time No See 2002
Long Time No See is the story of a white working class woman named Freda who marries Billy, a hopeful young Jamaican whom she meets in...
- Mother's Day 2002
- Sammy 2002
The production uses Sammy Davis Jr's history to tackle relevant contemporary issues - racism and the lack of personal, economic, and...
- Shoot 2 Win 2002
With more mouth than muscle, the ladies of the VIP Crew aren't going to let anyone get in their way, not even each other. In the locker...
- Storm 2002
- Take Away 2002
Takeaway tells the story of a city taken over by onions, everyone wants them, everyone is getting hooked, and only Darcus, a travelling...
- You Don't Kiss 2002
Justin moves to London because he is tired of being surrounded by deadbeats and no hopers - he is a winner. So how come his deadbeat,...
- B is for Black 2003
B IS FOR BLACK follows the rise, then fall from grace of Ben Nelson. A Black man who attended Oxford, Ben eagerly begins his first day at...
- born bad 2003
A blood-related black family. A Dad, a Mum, a Daughter, two Sisters, a Brother. A family argument. reveals the skeleton in the closet,...
- Brethren 2003
- Bro 9 2003
Agent Scally is CIA special ops, Moss Side & Hulme. One night, in his tower block, Scally has a close encounter with 10-foot tall Black...
- dirty butterfly 2003
Flatmates Amelia and Jason are drawn into the dark and compelling world of their mutual neighbour Jo who is the victim of nightly...
- Early Morning 2003
The play is set early one morning in the City of London. In a team of office cleaners, dissent in the ranks reaches fever pitch. Ojo,...
- Elmina's Kitchen 2003
- Fallout 2003
A boy is found dead. DC Joe Stephens must return to his old neighbourhood to investigate. Shance is avoiding his questions about her...
- Good Iago 2003
- King Baabu 2003
- Off Camera 2003
- Platform Tales 2003
- Two Tracks and Text Me 2003
A stray text message links Friday- night revellers with the fate of a young girl desperate for help.
- Basil and Beattie 2004
Basil and Beattie are finding the golden years of their lives somewhat tarnished, locked together with only physical infirmity and mental...
- Bear Hug 2004
Two middle-class parents try to raise their child Michael, who has turned into a bear. A startling absurdist parable about modern...
- Blest Be The Tie 2004
Florence can't complain - her children are grown up, she's got best friend Eunice to look after her and is happy to call London her home....
- Fix Up 2004
Its Black History month but you wouldnt know it in Tottenham where Revive PLC plan to turn Kwesis All Black African Party hotbed into...
- Oddest Couple, The 2004
The oddest couple tells the tale of Thelma and Iggy Norant, a suburban couple in a stale marriage. Thelma seeks life, love and laughter,...
- Oga's Ark 2004
After their bus crashes, the survivors of an African theatre troupe rehearse a new version of their play The Animals are Taking Over, but...
- Slamdunk 2004
Basketball is the most popular game on the planet. Streetball is its rougher, tougher, younger brother. You've got to be strong; you've...
- Something Dark 2004
Something Dark tells the true story of Lemn Sissay who as a baby was given up by his Ethiopian mother in the 1960s. He was renamed Norman...
- Sons of Charlie Paora, The 2004
Charlie Paora is dead and buried. One night in a garage in Mangere, South Auckland, a group of young men gather to acknowledge the...
- Static Lament, A 2004
- trade 2004
Set on a Caribbean island the play examines the live of three women: a hip young thing from London, an older tourist and a resident...
- Two Step 2004
Lenny is a success. He has kicked the booze, gone to college and is a budding writer. He also has a trophy wife, young and white, and a...
- Ayo and Ade's Big London Safari 2005
Ade takes Ayo on the London Eye one of the safest rides in Blankland. It becomes apparent that Ade is corrupt and his cruel view of life...
- Bashment 2005
Bashment explores the controversy around dancehall music and the consequences of homophobic lyrics.
- Beach, The 2005
Performed at the tricycle theatre as a one day scratch performance.
- Britishish 2005
- Daydreams Of Hailey 2005
Performed at the Royal Court Theatre as a rehearsed reading.
- Effie May 2005
Set in a claustrophobic and class ridden village in Grenada, this engaging play is inspired by the spirit world stories of La Diablesse ...
- generations 2005
- High Heel Parrotfish 2005
It's drag night at Mrs Miller's Bar in Trinidad. As Carnival fever raises temperatures outside, six beautiful 'ladies' prepare backstage,...
- Little Sweet Thing 2005
Kev, Jamal and Ryan used to run together in the winning school relay team. Now they are running just to stand still on the huge housing...
- Night Moves 2005
- One Under 2005
When tube train driver Cyrus experiences his first 'one under' it sets in motion a life-altering chain of events. In his search to...
- Pinocchio 2005
- Resistance 2005
Resistance explores the evolution of Jacques Lusseyran as the blind teenage hero of the French Resistance. Resistance uses physical...
- Someone's Son 2005
- stoning mary 2005
A husband and wife row about a prescription. A mother and father row about their son, who has become a child soldier. Two sisters row...
- Sweet Yam Kisses 2005
Sweet Yam Kisses follows three couples as their relationships evolve from getting together to staying together. Woven into the script are...
- True Stories 2005
Harold Finley plays six characters, British and American, male and female, in this darkly funny and provocative piece based on real...
- Venus and the Killer Bees 2009
Sex, romance and kickboxers! A war of the sexes fought to the bass pumpin sounds of bashment reggae.
- What's In The Cat 2005
Set in Manchesters Moss Side, Whats in The Cat tells the story of a family Christmas in 1974. Lauren's come back for Christmas dinner,...
- 93.2 FM 2006
Coach and Bossman are a dynamic duo tearing up the airwaves at Borough FM. Together they have become radio heroes, but someone's getting...
- Babel Junctions 2006
A play that explores how culture, religion and faith shape our 21st century perceptions and experience. When Hackney district nurse...
- Bilad al-Sudan 2006
Bilad al-Sudan focuses on two refugees from two differing clans now living in a government refugee camp in Darfur, with two very...
- Booty Call 2006
Fantasy blurs with reality, Jason and Claire are catapulted into a weird and destructive game. Who will win? Who will lose? Only one way...
- Charlie 2006
Short site specific play performed at The Gardener Arts Centre, Brighton.
- Distant Violence 2006
Part of a series of short plays which sheds light on the plight in Darfur.
- Estate, The 2006
Set in contemporary Lagos, Nigeria, The Estate tells the story of the family chief Adeyemi, a wealthy businessman with an extended family...
- God is a DJ 2006
Hard Rock, Hip Hop, Trip Hop, R and B, Country, Punky, Funky, Folk, Soul not forgetting Rock and Roll. Nothing touches us like music,...
- IDP 2006
A mother refuses to acknowledge a daughter who has been brutalised while gathering firewood outside a camp.
- Master Juba 2006
Based on a true story, William Henry Lane is an African-American discovered hoofing in a bar in the New York in the mid 19th Century....
- Moj of the Antarctic 2006
Moj of the Antarctic is inspired by the wonderful true life story of Ellen Craft, a 19th century African-American slave woman who escaped...
- My Life 2006
- Question Of Courage, A 2006
In 2004 Trevor Phillips, Chair of the Commission for Racial Equality, asked if the countryside is guilty of a "passive apartheid"....
- Rhymes Reasons and Bomb Ass Beatz 2006
This darkly comic play covers three years in the interconnected lives of 10 Britons and Americans, from drag queens to rappers, drug...
- Rocket Man 2006
A man tries to chat up a girl but finds his British reserve gets in the way.
- Slow Time 2005
- 35 cents 2007
It is election time in Jamaica and the campaign has been completely overwhelmed by extreme apathy and disillusionment. Fatigued by the...
- African Cargo, An 2007
In 1781 the slave ship Zong, overlade with captured Africans, is heading to Jamaica but loses its way in the Caribbean Sea. With...
- Anansi Trades Places 2007
Talawa reawaken the much loved African and Caribbean character of Anansi for his latest adventure. Legendary spider Anansi takes an...
- Black Crows 2007
Linda Brogan's Black Crows creates a dark and vivid world of love, jealousy and hunger in 1970s Manchester.
- Breakfast Hearts / Choirplay 2007
Two short plays that explore with startling vibrancy and dark humour what it means to live and love in the modern world.
- Catalysta 2007
Hurricanes can rip through a city and destroy it within a matter of moments; throwing everything and everyone into turmoil. Families on...
- Christ of Coldharbour Lane, The 2007
A revolutionary preacher begs the crowds to 'abandon the wilful peace' that keeps them down. In a play crowded with a kaleidoscope of...
- Cinderella 2007
Will Cinderella go to the ball to meet her Prince Charming, despite the wicked efforts of her smelly, nasty step-sisters? Well she might,...
- Days Of Significance 2007
Written in response to Much Ado About Nothing, Days of Significance is set in market-town England and the deserts of Iraq. On the eve of...
- Fit 2007
FIT is a play about attempting to fit in and trying to stand out in a culture where everything from not liking sport to wearing the...
- Gilbert is Dead 2007
Lucius Trickett, owner of the most famous taxidermy museum in London, conspires with Queen Victoria and intrepid explorer Gilbert Shirley...
- Gone Too Far 2007
When two brothers from different continents go down the street to buy a pint of milk they lift the lid on a disunited nation where...
- Icarus Girl, The 2007
Jessamy Harrison is the precocious only child of a Nigerian mother and English father, who finds it impossible to make friends. Then she...
- Joe Guy 2007
Joe Boateng's days behind the counter of a cheap burger bar are far behind him, as is his childhood sweetheart Naomi and the kids who...
- Liar 2007
A compulsive liar has a spiritual awakening and becomes a successful tv evangelist. Can Wole use his new healing skills to bring harmony...
- Pure Gold 2007
Pure Gold focuses on black inner-city life as a father struggles to provide for his family.
- Reap What You Sow 2007
A 20 minute reading based on Yoruba myths and characters inspired by the play The Brothers Size by Tarrell Alvin McCraney.
- Rivers Run Deep 2007
- Rough Crossings 2007
As the American War of Independence reaches its climax, a plantation slave and a British naval officer embark on an epic journey in...
- Safe 2007
Remi should be taking his GCSEs. Instead he's taking care of little nephew Lennox. Big sis Dionne can't cope after boyfriend Delroy is...
- Savage London 2007
- Statement of Regret 2007
- TAG: Just Writing My Name 2007
An original piece of Hip Hop theatre using break dance, body popping, rap-poetry, larger-than-life graffiti sculptures and video...
- Torn 2007
- Trickster 2007
- Unplanned 2007
Spells and stories, jelly babies and fishbowls combine in Malika Booker's one one-woman show about fertility and pregnancy.
- Wedding Dance, The 2007
West Side Story meets Dangerous Liaisons with a dash of Tarantino in this passionate love story - a dance musical where the movement and...
- Angel House 2008
Angel House focuses on the lives of two brothers, Franklin and Stephen, and the community of Angel House, a housing estate in west London.
- At The Gates of Gaza 2008
Stranded in the battlefields of the Holy Land during the Great War, a battalion of West Indian volunteers fight for the Empire, the King...
- Baby Girl 2008
Kelle is 13 and still a virgin. And if her best friend Danielle knows, then the whole school knows. But will sleeping with the wide-boy...
- Exit Sign 2008
- Familyman 2008
Caesar Ramsay works hard for his family. But the news his son Nelson reveals, sends Caesar's seemingly ordinary life rapidly spinning out...
- Fiddler, The 2008
- Floor 44 2008
- For One Night Only 2008
Bode and Eddie arrive at Heathrow via the same dodgy passport service. Finding they share more than just the same new identity, they hook...
- Harm's Way 2008
- House Of Agnes 2008
After 40 years of building a home in London, Agnes is retiring and moving back to Ghana. Her final wish is for her sons to live together...
- In My Father's House 2008
- In Time 2008
Two young lovers are forcibly separated. Years later their children from subsequent marriages meet and fall in love. Will pain and hatred...
- Legend of Moremi 2008
A five minute monologue written for Cathy Tyson about the legend of the Yoruba heroine Moremi Ajasoro.
- Let There Be Love 2008
When West Indian pensioner Alfred Morris is kicked out of his daughters Croydon house he returns to his Willesden home to find hes been...
- Muhammad Ali & Me 2008
Muhammad Ali and Me is a lyrical coming of age story, following the parallel struggles of a gay child growing up in foster care and the...
- Oxford Street 2008
At Total Sports, security guard Kofi and his workmates are making sure everything runs smoothly, easing the daily grind with plenty of...
- Pandora's Box 2008
A British-born Nigerian mother accompanies her streetwise son on his first trip to her homeland, but then wrestles with whether to leave...
- random 2008
An ordinary family starts an ordinary day, until their young son is killed in a random shooting outside his school.
- Reservoir of Dreams 2008
- Spiral, The 2008
The Spiral is based on a series of interviews with a group of British muslims.
- Wish Collector, The 2008
A magical epic whirling from a playground in Britain to a village in Sierra Leone.
- 14th Tale, The 2009
The 14th Tale is a free-flowing narrative that tells the hilarious exploits of a natural born mischief growing from the clay streets of...
- Anansi and the Magic Mirror 2009
When Anansi enters the world of Nana Sus's magic shop and steals the magic mirror from under the nose of the young gril Adojah, he...
- Anything You Can Do 2009
- Category B 2009
- Detaining Justice 2009
Justice is locked in a cold dark cell, his asylum application pending. His sister Grace would like to help, but has been told to leave it...
- Egusi Soup 2009
As a British-Nigerian family pack their suitcases and prepare to head home for a funeral, they realise they will need to get rid of some...
- Fixer 2009
Set in Northern Nigeria against a backdrop of global turmoil and corruption. An oil pipeline, a group of rebels, a multinational, two...
- Foreplay 2009
- Golden Hour, The 2009
When a British triage nurse of Zimbabwean descent encounters an African baby that he suspects has been illegally brought into the country...
- High Life 2009
A mother's loss turns into obesession after the unexplained suicide of her popular teenage daughter. When two Igbo families come together...
- Hounding of David Oluwale, The 2009
Based on Kester Aspden's award-winning book that charts the life of a man hounded to death by racist police, Oladipo Agboluaje's play...
- Identity 2009
- Iya-ile (The First Wife) 2009
It's 1989 in Lagos. Political hysteria and social change are sweeping Nigeria. Chief Adeyemi's wife Toyin is turning forty and, behind...
- Maw Broon Monologues, The 2009
Maw Broon goes in search of herself with her sidekick doppelganger Psyche.
- Secret Army, The 2009
When incriminating documents linking their son to a Nigerian terrorist cell are found in his Oxford University dorm, a high-flying...
- Seize the Day 2009
- Set Piece 2009
- Somebody's Son 2009
A story about slavery, dignity, and survival.
- Three-way 2009
Manchester-based Spoken Word artist Yusra Warsama, Birmingham Grime boy RT and London's storyteller Malika Booker. Three Way engages the...
- Why I don't Hate White People 2009
Lemn Sissay's play is a brief journey around racism, guilt, denial, political correctness and the meaning of colour.
- Wuthering Heights 2009
Musical adaptation of Emily Bronte's timeless tale of passion, jealousy and revenge. Shakuntala is the fiery and headstrong daughter of...
- 2009 2010
- Another Biafra 2010
- Defined By Design 2010
An exploration of the theme of unrequited love. A play for four voices, we are taken on a journey through the eyes of the lover unloved,...
- Desert Boy 2010
Desert Boy, a time-travelling a capella musical, offers a sharp twist on the subject of knife crime, black youth and absent fathers.
- Estate walls 2010
The play follows the story of Obi, a young writer who dreams of leaving the estate in which he lives. The story focuses on the young...
- Hungover 2010
Play written in response to the 2010 General Election - part of Theatre Royal's Rough Cuts Season
- Laws of War 2010
A civil war is raging in modern England threatening to turn the land of cricket, and warm beer into a hell of displaced people, rape,...
- My Territory 2010
A play about borders, space and territory.
- Next Door 2010
- Off the Endz 2010
David, Kojo and Sharon grew up on a North London estate. Now in their mid 20s, they are eyeing another kind of life. David, an anansi...
- Palm Wine and Stout 2010
A wickedly funny portrayal of the writers trip back to his fathers homeland. Son of an English mother and a Nigerian father, Taiye is...
- Playing The Game 2010
The Students' Association needs a new president and Akousa's achingly cool flatmates are certain she is perfect for the position. How can...
- Slaves 2010
- Sucker Punch 2010
In the red corner: Leon Davidson Black British champ or Uncle Tom? In the blue corner: Troy Augustus American powerhouse or naïve cash...
- Taken 2010
A mother is confronted by the child she had to give up.
- Untitled 2010
Untitled is a magical realist story set in Nigeria and England, of identical twin boys separated at infancy. In the quarrel after the...
- Call Mr Robeson 2011
- Havoc in the Garden 2011
Havoc in the Garden unfolds in a small neighbourhood of five houses on an Auckland hillside where an act of violence and rage is about to...
- Little Baby Jesus 2011
Little Baby Jesus is a lyrical triptych of monologues revealing the inter-connected lives of three inner-city teenagers, capturing the...
- Mad About the Boy 2011
Boy. Dad. Man. A lyrical tussle of will and minds. Boy wants to be bad like the rest. Dad wants the best for the boy. Man wants the boy...
- Shalom Baby 2011
- Speechless 2010
The story of identical twins June and Jennifer Gibbons. Refusing to speak to adults, the twins communicate in their own private language,...
- Suffocation 2011
Peer pressure leads to a dangerous (suffocation) game, when the game goes wrong, the group have to deal with the consequences.Obi, Cain...
- The Westbridge 2011
The accusation of a black teenager sparks disturbance on the South London Streets. While tensions rise, a couple from very different...
- Three Blind Mice 2012
- Wedlock of the Gods 2011
- Belong 2012
- Blackta 2012
Welcome to the neverending talent contest. Behind the scenes, competitors put on their own show, parading their hopes and fears in front...
- Chewing Gum Dreams 2012
- House of Corrections 2012
- I Stand Corrected 2012
- Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner, The 2012
A gritty adaptation of Alan Sillitoe's classic text, The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner is set in Britain's Olympic year 2012....
- Love Is Not Enough 2012
- Manchester Lines 2012
- Mwana 2012
Mwana is a salad boy - neither Western or African he is a young Zimbabwean educated in Glasgow, conflicted between his love for the West...
- Silver Shores 2012
Set onboard a 19th century slave ship,four men in capacity find themselves in a desperate struggle for freedom of the mind. Before the...
- Three Birds 2012
Siblings Tiana, Tionne and Tanika have found themselves home alone. Tiana's keeping it all together by taking charge of housework and...
- A Season in the Congo 2013
A Season in the Congo charts the rise and fall of the Congolese political leader Patrice Lumumba during the transformation of the...
- Advice for the Young at Heart 2013
It's 2011 and 1958: London is rioting. Candice is ordred by her gang-leading boyfriend to lure Clint into a honeytrap. Haunted by her...
- God's Property 2013
It's 1982. London is restless, gripped by spiralling unemployment and innercity riots. Ska beats dominate the airwaves and in a flat in...
- Gutted 2013
- Josephine and I 2013
From the ragtime rythms of St Louis and the intoxicating sounds of 1920s Paris, to present day London, Josephine and I intertwines the...
- Red Helicopter, The 2013
It is 2072, the UK is in turmoil after an apocalyptic event and a group of young people are camped out on the thrid floor of an office...
- Refugee Boy 2013
Alem and his father are in a B&B in Datchet. Alem has lived in Ethiopia and Eritrea but this is his best holiday ever. But in the morning...
- Routes 2013
- Take a Deep Breath and Breathe 2013
Inspired by the Greek mythology Lysistrata, Take a Deep Breath and Breathe explores the power struggles, choices and determinations of...
- The Epic Adventure of Nhamo the Manyika Warrior and his Sexy Wife Chipo 2013
With just 24 hours to create the ultimate African fable, the superstar cast is missing a hero. Suddenly a dashing goatherd appears on the...
- Venus / Mars 2013
Daniel and Michelle first cross paths on the dance floor and gradually become an item. But they soon realise that relationships don't...