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New Black Showcase - Critical Mass

New Black Showcase - Critical Mass

In 2014 the Belgrade’s Critical Mass programme celebrated its 10th Anniversary. The programme is a free 11 week playwriting course led by Ola Animashawun and is open to writers aged 18 and over from Black and Minority Ethnic Communities. Thirteen aspiring writers achieve a place on the most recent programme.

The New Black Showcase provided a platform for selected participants from the programme to have their work performed at the theatre by a company of professional and community actors. This years New Black Showcase was held on 6 – 8 Nov 2014.

This year the New Black Showcase presented rehearsed readings of plays from the 2014 Critical Mass programme, and last year, the pieces had a strong focus on the female experience:

Red Snapper by Liz Mytton

Set in Jamaica. 1962. A country on the verge of independence. Meet the wives of a group of high-flying husbands duty bound to support their political agendas. But the actions taken by their husbands put friendships under strain and they find themselves forced to face life-changing consequences.

Visiting Hours by Theresa Ikoko

This play offers a fresh perspective on the experiences of women encountering the criminal justice system through their fathers, husbands and sons.

Each show was very well received, with Red Snapper progressing to be performed as a Belgrade production in 2016.

Have a look below, this video looks further into the story of Red Snapper.