When it was announced that Aladdin the musical was coming to the West End, the first thing I knew and rejoiced was that this would mean 100% diversity would be applied to the casting! I wasn’t wrong. Although set in the fictitious Middle Eastern town of Agragba, the true origins of the Aladdin tale is actually said to be China! Somehow over time the origins have been shifted and now we all assume it to be a fantastic Arabian tale. But, for once, this re-write of history works in our favour because it allows us a fantastic musical with...Read More
Author: Akua Gyamfi
Actor, character comedian and primary school teacher Vivienne Acheampong has decided to turn her teaching experiences into one woman show Rainbow Class.
Coming to Assembly Hall, Baillie Room, Mound Place this August, Rainbow Class sheds comic insight into life in an inner-city. Combining verbatim text, stories and characters based on real-life people.
From Harry Potter, to How To Get Away With Murder, to King Lear, Alfred Enoch Discusses His Acting Journey…
It’s been a very long time that I’ve been wanting to catch up with Alfred Enoch. Way before he became ‘Wes’ on the hit Shonda Rhimes show, How to Get Away with Murder, he was ‘Dean Thomas’ aka the most prominent black character in the Harry Potter film franchise. Following his career since his start as an 11-year-old student of Hogwarts, Mr. Enoch has navigated the industry across stage, TV and film relatively quietly and quite matter of fact. Speaking to him, you get a sense that this is who he is as a young man, quite matter of fact, ever so polite, and quintessentially British…Read More
My interest was piqued when I read Jericho’s premise, Clarke Peters as Ralph Coates a ‘self-styled African American railway agent’… An African American, who is not a slave, who is in a pretty important position, existing in an all-white town in Yorkshire, in the 1800s!Read More
This film festival season I’ve watched two extremely important documentaries which share the same message – #BlackLivesMatter. 3 1/2 Minutes, 10 Bullets – Mark Davis’ film which follows the case of Jordan Davis, the middle class young African American man from Florida who was murdered by Michael Dunn, a middle class white man in the parking lot of a petrol station. The documentary highlighting how stereotypes, and assumption exposed the judgmental and racist inadequacies of the American legal system. Along with the documentary scheduled in the ‘debate’ section of the BFI 2015 London Film Festival, and which had its world premiere at...Read More
With a string of accolades under her belt – teacher, acclaimed children’s novelist, co-writer of Bullet Boy (2004) starring Ashley Walters, Catherine Johnson has branched out into the world of audio drama with her first radio Play, Fresh Berries which is a challenging, uncompromising, but compassionate play exploring the subject of men who lure young, vulnerable girls into the world of sex for money.Read More
It’s one of my favourite films and has been since I was a young child. Starring my two favourite females Oprah Winfrey and Whoopi Goldberg, the special connection I have with The Color Purple can’t be explained, but I know I’m not alone. The sparse yet impactful tale told by Alice Walker and brought to exuberant life by Stephen Spielberg in 1986 is an all time classic. Fast forward to 2007 watching an episode of Oprah and hearing one my favourite women, talk about the Broadway resurrection of one of my favourite films with one of my favourite singers...Read More
The British Blacklist has spoken to the four lead stars of this iconic production. Here we introduce, Cynthia Erivo who plays Celie…Read More