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Roy Williams

ROY WILLIAMS

  (1968 - )

Nationality:    British
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Literary Agent:    Alan Brodie Representation Ltd  represented by Lisa Foster

Roy Williams, OBE, worked as an actor before turning to writing full-time in 1990. He graduated from Rose Bruford in 1995 with a first class BA Hons degree in Writing and participated in the 1997 Carlton Television screenwriter's course. the No Boys Cricket Club (Theatre Royal, Stratford East, 1996) won him nominations for the TAPS Writer of the Year Award 1996 and for New Writer of the Year Award 1996 by the Writers' Guild of Great Britain. He was the first recipient of the Alfred Fagon Award 1997 for Starstruck (Tricycle Theatre, London, 1998), which also won the 31st John Whiting Award and the Emma Award 1999. Lift Off (Royal Court Theatre Upstairs, 1999) was the joint winner of the George Devine Award 2000. His other plays include: Night and Day (Theatre Venture, 1996); Josie's Boys (Red Ladder Theatre Co., 1996); Souls (Theatre Centre, 1999); Local Boy (Hampstead Theatre, 2000); the Gift (Birmingham Rep/Tricycle Theatre, 2000); Clubland (Royal Court, 2001), winner of the Evening Standard Charles Wintour Award for the Most Promising Playwright; Fallout (Royal Court Theatre, 2003) which was made for television by Company Pictures/Channel 4; Sing Yer Heart Out for the Lads (National Theatre, 2002, 2004), Little Sweet Thing (New Wolsey, Ipswich/ Nottingham Playhouse/Birmingham Rep, 2005), Slow Time (National Theatre Education Department tour, 2005), Days of Significance (Swan Theatre, Stratfordupon- Avon, 2007), Absolute Beginners (Lyric Theatre, Hammersmith, 2007), Joe Guy (Tiata Fahodzi/Soho Theatre, 2007), Baby Girl (National Theatre, 2007), Out of the Fog (Almeida Theatre, 2007), there's Only One Wayne Matthews (Polka Theatre, 2007), Category B (Tricycle Theatre, 2009) and Sucker Punch (Royal Court, 2010). He also contributed A Chain Play (Almeida Theatre, 2007) and Sixty Six (Bush Theatre, 2011). His screenplays include Offside, winner of a BAFTA for Best Schools Drama 2002. His radio plays include Tell Tale, Homeboys, Westway, which was broadcast as part of Radio 4 First Bite Young Writers' Festival, To Sir with Love, and the Interrogation. He also wrote Babyfather for BBC TV. He was awarded the OBE for Services to Drama in the 2008 Birthday Honours List.

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        24 Hour Plays         Absolute Beginners         Advice For the Young At Heart         Angel House         Antigone         Baby Girl         Category B         Chain Play, A         Clubland         Days Of Significance         Fallout         Gift, The         Joe Guy         Josie's Lads         Kingston 14         Lift Off         Light & Shadow         Little Sweet Thing         Local Boy         Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner, The         Night And Day         No-Boys Cricket Club, The         Peckham: Soap Opera         Rise         Sing Your Heart Out For the Lads         Slow Time         Souls         Starstruck         Sucker Punch         Suleman, The         There's Only One Wayne Matthews!         Unzipped         Wildefire



24 Hour Plays

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part of 24 Hour Plays by Roy Williams, Rebecca Lenkiewicz, Enda Walsh, Steve Waters

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Absolute Beginners

Synopsis:
London 1958. Teenagers are blowing away the cobwebs of post-war life - the absolute beginners are creating the world anew. A Vespariding young photographer takes a mp through the gritty 'and glamorous streets of West London chasing the love of his life. But behind the jazz, sex and drugs of the new age lies a simmering cauldron of racial hatred that threatens to ignite at any moment.
- theatre List

Notes:
based on book by Colin MacInnes

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Fuel

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Advice For the Young At Heart

Advice For the Young At Heart
Its 2011 and 1958 and London is rioting. Candice is ordered by her gang-leading boyfriend to lure Clint into a honeytrap. Haunted by her grandfathers mistakes, she stands at a crossroads. Will she do as shes told, or will she learn to be true to herself before history repeats itself? This modern tale for riotous times spans three generations, exploring race, family and misguided loyalty. The riots of 2011 provoked comment on the morality of youth and the codes by which they live. Advice for the Young at Heart digs into the question of whether this is a new phenomenon or one that young people have struggled with for generations. Using two simultaneous plots taking place during the 1958 Notting Hill race riots and the riots of 2011, Roy Williams asks how a new generation of teenagers can learn from the mistakes made by a previous generation.

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Bloomsbury Methuen Drama   978-1472528032

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Angel House

Synopsis:
the Vincents have lived in Craven Court sincethe day the estate was unveiled. Watch the family's triumphs and crises unfold against the backdrop of massive social changes in Britain. Enoch Powell's River of Blood speech.the Notting Hill riots. Thatcherism. the Iraq War. 9/11. the London bombings. Share their journey as they live, breathe and feel the history of multiculturalism and immigration in the UK over the past fifty years.

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Eclipse Theatre

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Antigone

Synopsis:
Two brothers, Polyneikes and Eteocles, fight for the crown of Thebes. They kill each other. The rule is strict and clear: whoever dares to bury Polyneikes will be punished with death. Antigone cannot accept the laws that leave one of her brothers unburied and humiliated. State against Ideals, a young woman against a monarch, the whole town, us, inside the arena. How do you get a diamond out of a stone? 'I was born to love, not hate', states Antigone. And there is always a cost for it.

Notes:
Original Playwright - Sophocles in a contemporary version by Roy Williams

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Pilot Theatre, Derby Theatre and Theatre Royal Stratford East

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Methuen Drama   -

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adaptation

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Baby Girl

Synopsis:
explores the real issues behind why the UK has Europe's highest teenage pregnancy rate. It is funny, fast and true, and has Williams' characteristic rude sweetness: "I got pregnant first, don't copy me," yells Kelle to her friend, Danielle, who hates children but thinks a baby would be nice to hug.
- Lyn Gardner, Guardian

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part of the National Connections Festival

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Young Actors Company, Cambridge

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in NT Connections2007, Faber and Faber, London, 2007   -

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short play One Act

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Category B

Category B
Set in a category B prison. Sule rules over a wing but is looking for a new number two

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Methuen Drama    978-1408127445

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Chain Play, A

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Samuel Adamson, Moira Buffini, David Hare, Charlotte Jones, Frank McGuinness And Roy Williams each wrote A link for the Almeida's first chain play, performed for one night only As the theatre's major fund-raising event.

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Faber and Faber, London, (not for commercial sale), 2007   -

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Clubland

Synopsis:
Although Ben is married to Denise he's still on the pull, Kenny's looking for someone who's "right", Ade's with Sandra but playing the field, and Nate's a proud new father. Clubland is Roy Williams' hilarious new comedy of sexual politics in south London

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Days Of Significance

Days Of Significance
Written in response to Much Ado About Nothing, Days of Significance is set in market-town England and the deserts of Iraq. On the eve of their departure for active service, two young soldiers join their friends to binge drink the night away. their complex love lives and mortal fears directly impact on their tour of duty and reveal how the naive and malformed moral codes of these young men have catastrophic reverberations for the \Vest's moral authority.

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Royal Shakespeare Company

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Play/Drama

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Male:  10            Female:  5            Other:  -

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Fallout

Synopsis:
A boy is found dead. DC Joe Stephens must return to his old neighbourhood to investigate. Shance is avoiding his questions about her boyfriend, Emile, and his mates. Ronnie saw something, but promised Shanice she'd say nothing. But when a reward is offered, keeping quiet becomes a major rtest of their street loyalty.

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Gift, The

Synopsis:
Since their childhood, when Heather left Jamaica to start a new life in England, her half-sister Bernice always claimed to have 'the gift' of raising spirits from the dead. Thirty years later, when Heather returns to the island after the murder of her much-loved son, she offers Bernice the deeds to the family house - if she can bring him back. . .

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Joe Guy

Joe Guy
Joe Boateng's days behind the counter of a cheap burger bar are far behind him, as is his childhood sweetheart Naomi and the kids who mocked him for his Ghanaian accent. Now a premiership football star, he's never out of the papers and everyone wants a piece of him. the Cristal, the bad behaviour, now the rape allegations. . ., what happened to the good boy who stayed out of trouble?

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Tiata Fahodzi

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Methuen Drama    978-1408103876

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Genre:
Play/Drama

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Male:  7            Female:  6            Other:  extras, radio voices

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Josie's Lads

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Red Ladder TC    -

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Kingston 14

Kingston 14
Set in modern day Jamaica, Kingston 14 follows the story of James, a black British police officer who is sent to Kingston to investigate the murder of an English tourist in a local hotel. Deeply tied to Jamaica by his father who was born there, he struggles to lead a proper investigation when gang leader Joker is brought into custody. The play comes to a climax when two police offers are kidnapped, uncovering corruption hidden in a corner of the sun bleached island.

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Genre:
state of nation play

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Male:  8            Female:  -            Other:  2

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Lift Off

Synopsis:
When old time school friends Mal and Tone begin to break their lifelong friendship, bitter prejudices are brought to the fore.

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Light & Shadow

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On the night of the US Presidential Election, multi-award-winning playwrights from across the UK and US will have rehearsed readings of their work staged at Manchester's Royal Exchange Theatre.

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Genre:
rehearsed reading

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Little Sweet Thing

Little Sweet Thing
Kev, Jamal and Ryan used to run together in the winning school relay team. Now they are running just to stand still on the huge housing estate where they live. Newly released from Feltham, hard-man Kev is trying to go straight, but its difficult when you find your friend has taken your place as leader of the pack. Everyone is toughing it out, including Kev's schoolgirl kid sister, Tash, whose pint-sized swagger has some - but not all of them-fooled at school. - Garner, Gaurdian

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Read more: http://www.uktw.co.uk/archive/Tour/Play/Unzipped/T0815616098/#ixzz31yIQsYin

1st Produced:
New Wolsey, Ipswich    04 Feb 2005

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Play/Drama

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Local Boy

Synopsis:
story of no-hope teenagers chasing their dreams on a five-a-side football pitch.
Bill Hagerty, News of the World

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Genre:
Short Play, 55 min One Act

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Male:  6            Female:  2            Other:  -

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Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner, The

Synopsis:
Working with patron Roy Williams, award winning company Pilot theatre bring this searing text of class and the criminal justice system to the stage. This stunning new production, set in Britain's Olympic Year 2012, exposes the beating heart of a nation, still broken and still divided across class lines. A long distance race in real time. We follow one runner, alone with his thoughts, becoming part of his journey as his steady running rhythm transports him over a harsh, frost bitten earth. Colin Smith is defiant. He is a young rebel inhabiting the no man's land of detention centres and young offenders institutes. Why, for whom and for what is he running?

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from Alan Sillitoes classic short story

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Pilot Theatre

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Genre:
adaptation

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Male:  7            Female:  3 with doubling            Other:  -

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Night And Day

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Theatre Venture    -

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Play/Drama

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No-Boys Cricket Club, The

Synopsis:
Living alone on a drab London council estate, Abi has long since lost sight of the good things in life, until an old friend takes her back to her glorious past in Jamaica as the greatest all-rounder of the No Boys Cricket Club

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Peckham: Soap Opera

Synopsis:
the lives and loves of Peckham locals will be played out in an omnibus of ten 5 minute episodes. Each episode will be performed by actors from the local community. Somewhere between Peckham High Street and Rye Lane: after an immigration raid at Lashanna's underground hair salon, Ravi encourages her to relocate to the basement beneath Amir's corner shop (unbeknownst to Amir of course). Above ground Ed scouts for a job, though Amir puts him off the scent. Across the way Glenda, Job Centre co-worker Elaine and Joey make a discovery which may force them into a morning commute to Lewisham. While over at the station, Linda loses her cat, but falls for a dapper stranger whose pin-striped garms are new to the Rye.

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Part of Royal Court's Open Court season. Author Bola Agbaje (lead writer). Author Rachel De-lahay (lead writer) with Brad Birch, Alice Birch, Adam Brace, Robin French, Lucy Kirkwood, Chloe Moss, David Watson and Roy Williams

1st Produced:
Royal Court, London    02 Sep 2013

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5 min play

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Male:  5            Female:  3            Other:  -

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Rise

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Sing Your Heart Out For the Lads

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Saturday 7 October 2000. England v. Germany - the last match at the old Wembley Stadium. the King Georg&s regulars meet to watch the World Cup qualifying game. As the match is played out on the big screen, other rivalries conic to the fore. Barry, the pub team's only black player, is also their star striker. He may have a Union Jack tattooed on his bum and chant 'Enger-land' along with the rest, but we soon realise that he is a barely tolerated outsider: when the landlady's teenage son has his mobile phone nicked by his 'mate', the racial divide is violently exposed.

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Loft Season

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Play/Drama

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Male:  12            Female:  2            Other:  -

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Slow Time

Synopsis:
Set in a young offender's institution the play depicts three young men and their fight to survive

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1st Produced:
Schools Tour    2005

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National Theatre's Education Department

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Genre:
Youth Audiences

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Male:  3            Female:  -            Other:  -

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Souls

Synopsis:
Three brothers from a black British family have to cope with their mother's death and father's suicide

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1st Produced:
Highbury Grove School, London N5, UK    30 Oct 2000

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Souls in Theatre Centre: Plays for Young People ed. Rosamunde Hutte, Aurora Metro, 2003   -

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Genre:
one act comedy 60 min

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Starstruck

Synopsis:
a hilarious and moving snapshot of the hopes and broken dreams of a family in the Caribbean at a time when Hollywood heart-throb Stewart Granger lands in Kingston to shoot his latest movie

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Sucker Punch

Sucker Punch
Right, you know the rules, watch the low blows, if it's a knock down, no messing about, go straight to your corner, and don't come out till called for, are we clear? Touch gloves, let's go. In the red corner: Leon Davidson - Black British champ or Uncle Tom? In the blue corner: Troy Augustus - American powerhouse or naive cash cow? Two former friends step into the ring and face up to who they are. Sucker Punch looks back on what it was like to be young and Black in the 80s and asks if the right battles have been fought, let alone won.

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Methuen Drama    978-1408131367

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Play/Drama

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Suleman, The

Suleman, The
the King James Version of the Bible (KJV) is a foundation stone of the English language. the KJV was composed as a collective project and written to be spoken. Sixty-Six Books has been created, in the spirit of the original, in the same way. Pulpit to print; stage to page; mediated through many forms oral and written, the KJV has, since its inception, been a fundamental part of written and spoken English.This is a work that has travelled to every continent of the globe. It has been shared as a melodic instrument of inspiration, illumination and mutual understanding; and it has also been wielded as a tool of colonial oppression. Sixty-Six Books is a fresh interpretation of the KJV for the new millennium, celebrating and challenging the traditions and achievements of this great work on the occasion of its 400th anniversary. the curators of this project have gathered together a formidable and inspiring line-up of the best established and emerging writing talent to produce a new version of the KJV for thetwenty-first century. Each writer has created anew a book of the KJV - as prose, poetry, Drama, performance, song, or ground-breaking digital form. Each writer has spoken back to the KJV with untrammeled inventiveness of the imagination. the voices of Sixty-Six Books, drawn from across five continents, innovate, transmute, transpose, reinvent and talk back to four hundredyears of history. All the works that make up Sixty-Six Books are written to be spoken. Culminating in major performance events at the Bush theatre and Westminster Abbey in 2011 in London, Sixty-Six Books is a contribution towards the mutual curiosity, tolerance, and force of collective enterprise and shared humanity that characterizes the international and ancient Arts of writing and spoken performance

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Part of Sixty-Six Books: 21st-century writers speak to the King James Bible. Play is A response to the King James Bible book of 1 Kings

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There's Only One Wayne Matthews!

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Williams's play takes us back to 1978, when Viv Anderson, the Nottingham Forest fullback, be-came the first black footballerto play for England in an interna-tional match. Times are changing: for black teenager Carl Wilkins the future looks bright as his tryout at Chelsea beckons, even though he's been written off by his teachers and can barely read. To Wayne, dubbed "the Irish Pele" by his racist classmates because he is black and useless at footie, Carl is a hero. But in his eagerness to be good at football despite two left feet, Wayne neglects real friendships and overlooks his own talents.
- Lyn Gardner, Guardian

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Unzipped

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Accessibility vs. Authenticity: Do We Sell Out to Sellout?(Thu)/Storytelleror History Maker: Who Do You Think You Are?/Post Multi-Culturalism: What Colour Are You Now? Talawa's Writer's Group (TWG) returns with Unzipped 2009, an unmissable season of play readings and impassioned discussion. This year Talawa has worked with Britain's most established Black and Asian playwrights to push writing boundaries. the Group includes, amongst others, Roy Williams, Malorie Blackman, Dipo Agboluaje and Kwame Kwei-Armah. In return these writers will share excerpts of their most exciting work for Unzipped 2009. This will be an unforgettable series of readings that will explore the future of Black and Asian theatre as thewriters and their work seek to answer key questions facing the industry. Now in its fourth year, Unzipped has become an unforgettable and provocative event. Expect unusual stories and controversial opinions. Book early to avoid disappointment.

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Wildefire

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South London, the present day. Gail Wilde is an average policewoman, but one who lives up to her nickname, 'WILDEFIRE' - and in the precarious world of modern policing, being wild or full of fire is hardly likely to be appropriate for the job in hand& Suspicions surrounding Gail's professional conduct reach fever pitch when a fellow officer is involved in a serious incident on the beat. Conspiracy theories and rumours are rife - not only at work but at home too - and a cycle of accusations and recrimination ensues, spiralling out of control.

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Roy Williams riveting new thriller looks at the maelstrom of urban policing and the mental and physical impact it has on the people we rely on to keep the peace.

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