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Black Men Walking – mac, Birmingham

Writer: Testament Director: Dawn Walter Reviewer: John Kennedy ‘And specially, from every shires ende Of England, to the [Peaks] they wende, The holy blisful [diaspora] for to seke,’ Seems that yon Chaucer chap saw something like this a-coming long time ago, ‘appen. To pass the time, to escape it, three disparate black men go hill-walking. It is a time to ...

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Red Dust Road- HOME, Manchester

Writer: Jackie Kay Adaptor: Tanika Gupta Director: Dawn Walton Reviewer: Dave Cunningham The life of poet Jackie Kay (Sasha Frost) has strong dramatic potential. Illegitimate, Gay, of mixed race and adopted by a Scots Communist couple Kay endures a wide variety of racist and homophobic abuse. Yet the journey to trace her birth parents does not provide the cathartic relief ...

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salt. – Royal Court, London

Writer: Selina Thompson Director: Dawn Walton Reviewer: David Guest As the performer smashes a large piece of rock salt to smithereens with a sledgehammer and pounds it with a pestle over the course of 75 minutes it would be easy to think Selina Thompson’s salt .is an angry monologue, full of only sound and fury. In fact, this rage against ...

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Princess and the Hustler – Hull Truck Theatre

Writer: Chinonyerem Odimba Director: Dawn Walton Designer: Simon Kenny Reviewer: Ron Simpson Mention the phrase “bus boycott” and the mind turns immediately to Montgomery, Alabama. The Bristol Bus Boycott of 1963 is a largely forgotten milestone in race relations in this country. The cause of the boycott was a refusal by Bristol’s bus company to employ black or Asian bus ...

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Black Men Walking – Hull Truck Theatre

Writer/Musical Director: Testament Director: Dawn Walton Designer: Simon Kenny Reviewer: Ron Simpson Black Men Walking, now on an extended tour by Eclipse Theatre Company, begins with an excellent idea and is blessed with a quartet of first-class performances, but the script sometimes fails to integrate Testament’s ambitious concept into a coherent whole. The play is dedicated to the Black Men’s ...

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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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