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Young, Gifted & Black 2021

30 September – 6 November  

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

OJÀ (The Market) 
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. 

[re] Glitch
Thursday 7 October, 7pm
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?  

The Voices of Black Folk: In Unexpected Places
Friday 8- Saturday 9 October, 7:30pm, (Saturday matinee at 2pm) 
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.

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. 

Growing pains: Black and Gen Z in London
Wednesday 20 October, 7.30pm
An panel discussion exploring what it means to be Black and Gen Z in London today. 

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: Black Futures
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, 6.30pm 
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. 

care
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 babirye 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.

Foxes
Friday 5- Saturday 6 November, 7.30pm (also, 3pm on Saturday)
Dexter Flander’s provocative debut play explores Black masculinity and DL queer culture in British-Caribbean community.