Roy Williams of KINGSTON 14 is Back with ANTIGONE at THEATRE ROYAL STRATFORD EAST, LONDON

Following the critical success of Kingston 14 at Theatre Royal Stratford East earlier this year, the BAFTA award-winning playwright Roy Williams is set to return with a thrilling and fast-paced new version of Sophocles’ Greek classic.

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About Antigone

When Creon refuses to bury the body of Antigone’s unruly brother, her anger quickly turns to defiance. Creon, in an attempt to retain control, condemns her to a torturous death – she’s to be buried alive.

BAFTA Award-winning playwright Roy Williams (Kingston 14, Sucker Punch) returns to Theatre Royal Stratford East with this thrilling and fast-paced new production, based on Sophocles’ acclaimed Greek classic.

Set within an urban, contemporary world, Antigone is a story of loyalty, truth, human nature and what happens when one person stands against the rules.

Book great seats from just £12.

‘A chilling and powerful piece’ – The Stage

 ‘Thrilling… direct, of the street, dangerous at times poetic’ – Big Issue

 ‘Mark Monero is absolutely exceptional ‘ – The Independent

Catherine Labiran: AYISAT – A Poet Spinning Words to Outlive the Weaver

Catherine Labiran

Photo by J. Jamie Photography

The greatest magicians
Are unaware
Of the hat
And rabbit between
Lips
Are buried alive in
Cradles
Sawed in half
Whole
Juggling bodies in
Wombs.
My mother,
Yours.
– Excerpt from Magic by Catherine Labrian, from her book of poetry Ayisat, published by Wordjar.

 

 

 

Poet, author and activist Catherine Labiran is an embodiment of passion and determination. An artist who, despite her young age, is traveling an adventurous path heralding her as a voice for the future, yet one whose words, spoken and penned, evoke captivating insights into today’s world.

Born in Staten Island, New York, with British-Nigerian roots, raised in Harrow, London and presently living in Atlanta, Georgia, Catherine’s eclectic background resonates through her persona. Always bubbling with an infectious smile and often Pharoah-esque braided hair, she exudes a knowingness well beyond her years.

Catherine’s poetry oscillates efficiently between page and stage; at the dipping point in the centre you will find a firmness of purpose guided by fluid poetic sensibilities. There is a maternal awareness about her poems, whether in the actual context of the piece or from her perspective as the omnipotent performer, with some of her titles – By the Hand that Held You, Love, Cereal – suggesting that cradle of motherhood carved for the children one could say her poems are to her.

Catherine Labiran the poet

Photo by J. Jamie Photography

Speaking about the poem Magicians (excerpt above) and the sense of motherhood which subsumes both poetry and poet, Catherine says:

“The poem is dedicated to my mother and to all mothers, they are the true magicians. I owe my existence and everything I do to my mother. She embodies all the greatness in the world. I often start my poetry performances with this poem, so I that I can set the scene that all these words coming out of my mouth come from her. “

Heavily influenced by hip hop culture, she performs her poems with rapid-fire exuberance, picturesque rhymes and an unaffected hip hop bravado. Watching her perform with that confident smile painting expressions of joy and pain fills you with a certain assurance that there is truth in these words.

Only 20 years old, she has already racked up an impressive body of artistic achievements: winning the 2010 SLAMbassadors UK competition; teaching and hosting events at Harrow Arts Centre, London; getting featured in the National Association for the Teaching of English SLAM DVD, distributed to schools across the UK; being on the ’12 Poets for 2012′ committee responsible for creating the official Olympic poem, Eton Manor; getting to be a ‘buddy poet’ with Wole Soyinka at the 2012 Poetry Parnassus event; being one of 30 winners of the Stratford East/30 Nigeria House award which aided her in setting up her first non-profit organization, Twelve (XII) Talents, targeted at providing free literary workshops and performance opportunities for adolescents.

Ever the creative spirit, Catherine, in November last year, released her premiere book of poetry titled Ayisat. The book, launched in South Africa while she was performing at the Word N Sound poetry and music festival, is published by Wordjar (a publishing outfit run by her brother, Francis Xavier Labiran, which gives young writers a platform). The release of Ayisat fulfilled one of Catherine’s many dreams:

“I decided to publish my first book when I was 19 in order to document my early experiences growing up, writing, traveling, becoming the young woman I am today. It has been a roller-coaster journey, I have many stories, I have seen many stories and have had many stories shared with me. It is these stories that I converted into poetry in Ayisat. I wrote this book so that my children could read it and understand that I went through the things that they will experience, I think they will find comfort in that.”

Ayisat is dedicated to Catherine’s grandfather Ali Jibrill-Ellams, who passed away when she was a child but whose presence remains strongly felt by the poet.

“I feel him and have felt him throughout my life. Through my successes, trials and tribulations, he has been my strength and shield. Also, the name Ayisat was given to me by my grandfather. It is arabic and it means ‘she who lives and is well’. I strongly believe the meaning of this name embodies all that I am becoming. Someone who does not only exist but LIVES. Currently, Ayisat is in bookstores, libraries and homes across the globe.”

Ayisat is available for international purchase, and can be found in bookstores, libraries and homes across the globe. If poetry is your passion, Catherine Labiran’s journey into truth is an exploration you will love to experience.

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Digging Deep: Blogging Collective Call Out

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ERM…HELP!?

Identity Detective is looking to recruit 6 volunteer detectives to contribute to the Bloggy Woggy Investigation Folder throughout 2014. As an identity detective you will use the F.L.U.I.D method to capture evidence as and when it falls in line with Identity Detective’s Brief.

Want to get involved?

If you are a creative, writer, observer, explorer, photographer, interviewer, or just to curious and like to talk about random things – Get in touch! Drop an email info@diggingdeep.co.uk to be sent Identity Detective’s Brief.

Please state why you would make a good Identity Detective along with any samples of work. This can be a short sample of writing up to a sheet of A4, a sample of 5 photos or 10 mins of video.

Find out more about the project here.

Right! This case needs further probing. Tweezers at the ready.

Check out the Blog – http://www.identitydetective.wordpress.com

Signing Out. // Identity Detective.

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CASTING CALL

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Faith, Trust, or A Word of Four Letters is a short film about a girl who leaves her hometown in Nigeria to acquire an education in the UK. She faces challenges to her identity, her faith and her background when she is cruelly betrayed.

The film is part of a film production project by student film-maker Chioma Idigo.

If you’re a talented actor/actress in the UK, and would like to be part of this, auditions are to take place in QS/021 Arts Workshop, York St John University on Wednesday 20th March between 1pm and 3pm.

If you are unavailable at this time but would like to audition please email: lady_idig@hotmail.com

Please note: being a school project, services of actors/actresses are being requested on a volunteer basis.

Marty Major on BBC Radio

British Nigerian talent Marty Major, whom we once featured on our site, had an interesting interview and showcased the diversity of her talent on BBC radio. Check it out: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-21373506

Something special: Marty Major!

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Photo by Mark Barnfield

British-Nigerian talent Marty Major is a young singer who has racked up an impressive record thus far in her career.

Born in Nigeria and raised in East London this gifted singer-songwriter is a regular live performer who has played at countless showcases and venues such as The Jazz Café, Westminster Abbey, The Lyric Theatre the West End hit Thriller Live and festivals such as Lovebox.

Never short of stunning audiences across the globe, Marty’s voice has been described as the “future sound” of British Soul & Rock.

She brings her powerful voice to this stripped down cover of Alicia Keys’ Not Even the King recorded for Reload sessions at Resident studios London, with Alex Williams on the piano.

Ladies and gentlemen, Marty Major!

African Jambalaya: official press release

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Contact:
Tel: +44 (0) 7958165107
Email: afjam@damwin.co.uk
Website: http://www.africanjambalaya.com/

Damwin Media Announces the Date for ‘African Jambalaya’ – The Afro-beats Fairytale

On January 1st, 2013 Damwin Media announced the dates for ‘African Jambalaya’, an African themed showcase. The event would be held on January 26, 2013 at SYNC LONDON – 361 High Street Stratford, London, E15 4OZ. The evening promises to be a mix of diverse African culture with entertainment variety consisting of dance, music, poetry and drama among others.

About Damwin Media
Two young graduates from Brunel University have formed an alliance by creating a company called Damwin Media to create an Afro-beats theatre production called ‘African Jambalaya’ (An Afrobeats fairytale) The company has collaborated with different organisation like ‘Imperial Dynasty’ and ‘Smart Promo/SIP’ and worked on projects like Africa Unplugged amongst others.

On this project they have collaborated with a modern theatre group ‘Silhouettez in the Dark’ to create the first ever Afro-beats fairytale in theatres in order to highlight upcoming talent to the world.

About the Show
King Diamond (Desmond Elliot) strikes up a deal with ‘Oba Toh Badt’ (Adot Comedian) the most feared Babalawo of the land to save his daughter from her ashewo ways. Come and see the wahala that happens next!!!

Multi Award winning artist ‘Wande Coal’, Nigerian actor and director ‘Desmond Elliot’ along with the YouTube sensation ‘Adot Comedian’ and New comer ‘June Ubi’ are just a few names that will be taking part in this production.

Tickets can be purchased from ‘Ticketmania’ on 0208 555 0044 or http://www.ticketmania.co.uk Each ticket costs £25 but early bird tickets are £20