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Black Men Walking – Belgrade Theatre, Coventry

Writer: Testament Director: Dawn Walton Reviewer: James Garrington “We walked England before the English.” Trevor, Matthew and Richard like walking in the Peak District. Every month they meet and walk and talk. This time, although the forecast indicated that they should cancel, they press on in an attempt to fight their individual demons - until a blizzard brings them face to ...

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Black Men Walking – Royal Exchange, Manchester

Writer: Testament Director: Dawn Walton Reviewer: Katherine Kirwin “We walk” repeat the chants of Thomas, Richard and Matthew as they head out into the misty wilderness of the Peak District. Inspired by a real walking group for black men in Sheffield, Black Men Walking marks a collaboration between Eclipse Theatre and Leeds-based rapper, writer and performer Testament. Directed by Dawn ...

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Salt (Mayfest) – Arnolfini, Bristol

Selina Thompson

Creator: Selina Thompson Directing Support: Dawn Walton Reviewer: Chris Oldham   In February 2016, Selina Thompson decided to trace one of the routes of the Transatlantic Slave Triangle, beginning with a three-week crossing of the Atlantic ocean on a cargo ship. The result of this journey is Salt, Thompson's one-woman show playing over four nights at the Arnolfini as part ...

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A Raisin in the Sun – Liverpool Playhouse

Walter and Ruth sat at kitchen table

Writer: Lorraine Hansberry Director: Dawn Walton Reviewer: Abbie Rippon Set in Chicago in the late 1950s, Lorraine Hansberry’s thought provoking, iconic play A Raisin in the Sun is an intense and fiery script which gives the audience a glimpse of family life for the black community of the Windy City just before the Civil Rights Movement came into force. In ...

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A Raisin in the Sun – Nuffield Theatre, Southampton

Walter and Ruth sat at kitchen table

Writer: Lorraine Hansberry Director: Dawn Walton Reviewer: Sharon MacDonald-Armitage   Lorraine Hansbury’s A Raisin in the Sun may have been written in 1959 but the questions it raises about family relationships, poverty and the dream of bettering oneself by owning your own home ring as true today as they did then. This is the story of the Younger family and ...

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A Raisin In The Sun – New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich

Alisha Bailey and Ashley Zhangazha

Writer: Lorraine Hansberry Director: Dawn Walton Reviewer: Paul Couch   Essentially, Lorraine Hansberry’s A Raisin In The Sun is a magnificent soap opera in the best tradition of the genre, no more, no less. That’s not to detract from its quality in any way but anyone hoping for some cerebral, social metaphors is likely to be disappointed. It’s a neat, ...

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One Monkey Don’t Stop No Show – Belgrade Theatre, Coventry

Writer: Don Evans Director: Dawn Walton Reviewer: Selwyn Knight [rating:3.5] Set in 1970s Philadelphia, One Monkey Don’t Stop No Show is billed as a mixture of Restoration comedy and hit American sitcom The Cosby Show. It was originally written in 1982 and is now revived by Eclipse Theatre Company, the only Black-led national touring company delivering an annual tour to ...

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One Monkey Don’t Stop No Show – The Derby Theatre

Writer: Don Evans Director: Dawn Walton Reviewer: James Garrington [rating:4] The work of African-American playwright Don Evans is not very well known in this country, although he is a famous figure in the United States. During the 1970s, at the time he was writing his early plays, he was a key player in the Black Arts movement, the artistic branch ...

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