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New Black Showcase

New Black Showcase

Our fifth New Black Showcase was presented in 2017. Audiences were invited to discover the exciting playwriting talent of the future. We provided a platform for the voices of new writers from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic backgrounds.

These shows were developed as part of the Belgrade Theatre’s Critical Mass programme, led by Royal Court Theatre Associate, Ola Animashawun. Approaching its sixth year, the Belgrade continues to support the development of writers from the region’s diverse communities by offering twenty BAME playwrights the chance to hone their skills on a 10-week script-writing course.

This year we presented four works in progress:

#ADJUSTMENT by Erinn Dhesi (1 Nov)

Mother and Bibi speak Punjabi. Miah and Roma speak Emoji. As phone calls and texts flood the home, can the family figure out what happened to Miah?

Cast
Bibi – Kusumika Chatterjee
Mother – Pam Dhillon
Miah – Vanessa Ostick
Roma – Sophie Williams

Director – Hannah Barker

The Merchant of Port Royal by Angela McNab (2 Nov)

Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice is given a Caribbean twist as Maroon rebel Accompong attempts to woo the Queen of Blue Mountain whilst Chief Cudjoe makes a deal with an infamous Jewish trader.

Cast
Chief Cudjoe/Chief of Cockpit Country – Brenton Hamilton
Accompong – Luke Elliott
Cuffee – Ryan Walker-Edwards
Quao – Leon Phillips
Superintendant James/Captain Blackbeard/Messenger – James Edge
Lindo – Graeme Rose
Esperanza – Jade Samuels
Johnny – Reaya Sealey
Chieftainess Nanny – Lexia Tomlinson
Amma – Tamaira Sianha Hesson

Director – Justine Themen

Futuretheatre (3 Nov)

Midlands-based Futuretheatre presents extracts from Invisible by Daniel Anderson and Ninety Days by Ashok Patel as a tantalising taster before their showcase at mac Birmingham.

Invisible by Daniel Anderson

It’s Birmingham 2025, where an Artificial Intelligence known as the Guv’nor sees to all prisoner needs, maintains order and deals justice. When Pastor Richards sees the mistreatment of prisoners by a machine, his conscience demands he act in their defence. But in a Britain fearful of revolutionaries after a failed coup, political dissent is the quickest way to put a mark on your back, even for a man of God.

90 DAYS by Ashok Patel

A tense new drama about family, fear and nationalism set in Uganda, 1972. The Mavani family and their live-in workers, the Zulukas, have lived in harmony for a generation. When President Idi Amin decrees the expulsion of all Asian Ugandans within 90 days, loyalties are tested and power shifts.

Cast
For Invisible / 90 Days:
Aaron Virdee: Sudesh / Yousef
Gabriel Fleary: Freddie / Melvin
Kiara Hagan: Wynnie / GUV
Komal Amin: Geeta / GUV
Tijan Bobb: Joshua / Noah

Director – Jouvan Fucinni