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Young, Gifted & Black 2021

30 September – 6 November  

Returning for a third year, the festival will feature theatre, poetry, film and discussion, highlighting the nuances of the Black experience in the UK, with a focus on stories around migration and belonging.  

30 September-2 October, 7:30pm
Written by John Akinde, directed by Monaé Robinson
Journey through the lives of a migrant couple as they struggle to find their feet in a place where the ground is more hostile than home. 

Thursday 7 October, 7.30pm
A celebratory event by Theatre Peckham’s Young Producers responding to Jenn Nkiru’s short film Black Star: Rebirth is Necessary, [re/Glitch] will explore gender, body, time, and Blackness. How are each connected in this moment of rapidly changing technological world?  

Voices of Black Folk: In Unexpected Places
Friday 8- Saturday 9 October, 7:30pm 
written & directed by Khareem Jamal 
A timely portrait of the contributions of Black people across the world, Khareem Jamal’s ensemble piece reimagines iconic Black heroes throughout history meeting here and now.

Obsidian Film Night
Saturday 16 October, 6pm-10pm
Curated by Simon Manyonda & Monaé Robinson. 
Featuring the films Blacula (1972) and Coffy (1973) with live response pieces from artists working with literature and performance. This is more than just a screening, but an analysis of how the Hollywood era of entertainment has shaped the roles Black people play in entertainment and how this transmits into our social sphere.

Five Pillars – Introduction to Anti-Racism (lecture-style seminar)
Tuesday 19 October, 10:30am-12:30pm 
A one-of-a-kind deep dive into anti-racism. Our experienced facilitators will introduce participants to key concepts, terminology and appropriate language to open up necessary dialogues around equity, inclusion and sustainable decolonial practice within the workplace. 

Five Pillars – Introduction to Anti-Racism (workshop)
Tuesday 19 October, 2pm-5:30pm 
Gain deeper insights into the construction of race and its origins, how it manifests in our workplaces and wider society, as well as understanding how racism interacts with privilege to oppress certain folks. Offered at a discount to enable smaller organisations or individuals who want to do more but don’t necessarily know where to start, here may be a good place. 

Search Party with Inua Ellams 
26 October, 7:30pm 
Pull up to Inua’s chaotic audience-led poetry show as it comes to Theatre Peckham for the first time. Pick a word, any word. Prompted by audience suggestions he will search through his extensive archive of work and perform a reactive and spontaneous selection. Each show is unique and special.  

Pen-Ting: South
Wednesday 27 October, 7:30pm 
The freshest open mic night in London comes to Theatre Peckham, following their successful events with our friends at the Bush Theatre. There’s also a chance to jump on the mic!

The Poetry Foyer presented by Poetic Unity 
Thursday 28 October, 7:45pm 
A new monthly spoken word event at Theatre Peckham. The first event is a Black and British Edition with some of the UK’s best young Black poets gracing our stage.

how we love
Thursday 28- Saturday 30 October, 7pm (Thursday), 7.30pm (Friday & Saturday)
written by Annette Brook, directed by Robbie Taylor Hunt  
Lesbian student Regi and gay journalist Babs put their friendship to the test when they hatch a plan to marry each other and not their actual partners back in Nigeria, where it is illegal to be gay. Regi’s neighbour, Rupert – an 89 year-old concentration camp survivor – assists their preparations. 

Tuesday 2- Wednesday 3 November, 7:30pm  
devised by Theatre Peckham Rep Company, directed by Toby Clarke 
Responding to TP’s production of the Offie award-nominated …cake by babriye bukilwa, the group has come together to dissect themes of betrayal and grief in intimate relationships to devise a tender response piece to the show.