Talawa’s Run It Back to open at Fairfield Halls this September

Talawa Theatre Company is to bring rave to theatre with Run It Back opening at Fairfield Halls this September.

Originally conceived and directed by Coral Messam, created with Gail Babb and co-devised by TYPT:18, the revival of Run It Back will run from 2 to 18 September at Fairfield Halls in Croydon.

The production forms part of Talawa’s new season of work to celebrate its 35th anniversary.

In a disused warehouse, a party rages. Distorted bass pounds through the streets, calling the ravers in. Lost in the music and dripping with sweat, they surrender to the DJ’s game. Bring your rags and flags for a night of theatre powered by a live DJ set fusing grime, bashment and afrobeat.

Set in an explosive club night, Run It Back immerses the audience in Black British club culture with dance, physical theatre and an electrifying live set from renowned DJ and turntablist, Psykhomantus.

Brought to life by young, upcoming artists, this vibrant, pulsing production highlights how Black British music liberates, connects and divides, while exploring the fight to stay alive as spaces disappear and rules change.

Those on the cast are Johnson Adebayo, Mateus Daniel, Bimpé Pacheco, Montel Douglas, Hayley Konadu, Verona Patterson, Azara Meghie, George Owusu-Afriyie and Yemurai Zvraya.

Talawa’s Artistic Director and Joint CEO, Michael Buffong said: “Run It Back will be Talawa’s first mid-scale production at Fairfield Halls since we moved here in 2019. We cannot wait to bring Run It Back to the stage. This production is a real testament to the way that Talawa nurtures productions and ideas; the energy, impact and uplifting joy of Run It Back is the tonic we all need right now.”

Building on Talawa’s audience development and engagement plan to inspire dialogue with and within communities, the company will offer 900 free tickets to young Black people aged 16-25 years old.

Alongside the performance, there will be several post-show talks and pre-show workshops available, including the chance to meet the cast and creative team and partake in a series of fun-filled dance workshops exploring dance styles from the show.

About the author: Josh Darvill

Josh is Stageberry's editor with over five years of experience writing about theatre in the West End and across the UK. Prior to following his passion for musicals, he worked for more than a decade as a TV journalist.


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