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DescantDeb Speaks to Laya Lewis, Lead Actress in Cass Pennant Produced Short ‘Beverley’

Having enjoyed the short film Beverley after being invited to a screening which took place after the film’s premiere in January, we at TBB were delighted to be given the chance to interview two of the cast members. A brief overview – Short Film Beverley is written by Alexander Thomas, highlighting the identity problems young people of mixed nationality in urban areas face on a day-to-day basis in Britain before multi-culturalism. Set against the backdrop of Britain’s 2-Tone music era of 1980. Laya Lewis plays the title role and is already something of a household name, despite being at the...

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TBB’s @DescantDeb Reviews Cass Pennants’ Latest Film ‘Beverley’

Laya Lewis as ‘Beverley Thompson’ in, Beverley (2015) Beverley Thompson has a pretty good idea of who she is… now. She is a writer. When Thompson first met producer Cass Pennant and writer-director Alexander Thomas a few years ago, she identified herself as a ‘Rude Girl’, because former football hooligan Pennant had her wrongly pegged as a ‘Casual’ – a sub-culture of the football hooligan movement, who wore designer labels and no club colours to infiltrate the football grounds and avoid easy detection by security forces. This inspired Pennant to make, Beverley, a short film of only 25 minutes...

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87% #OutOf100 – Vivian’s Couch by Michael Obiora

I can be bit of a Fan Girl. If I like an actor, I will watch whatever TV, theatre or big screen production they are in. Period. Yes, I liked Hudson Hawk (Bruce Willis, 1991), and I’ve seen it more than once. Yeah, I said it! Dilemma sets in when an actor I like writes. A talent for literary expression does not necessarily translate from a talent for the physical expression of emotional or comedic drama. So when I discovered one of our very own young, talented black British actors, with proven chops in both drama and comedy, tweeting...

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Delroy Atkinson Stars in Racially Provocative Play, Albion, at Bush Theatre

I have been very lucky with my interviewees; I get to speak to some of black Britain’s hardworking, dedicated talent who deserve recognition for their work. Actor, Delroy Atkinson is the latest addition.  I caught Atkinson in his new play, Albion, at the Bush Theatre, then caught up with him formally a few days later. The professional that he is, he spared me some light-hearted time, despite having woken up quite hoarse with a cold. With his wife away working, he was having to make his own honey and lemon tea. Bless! I had to start with congratulating him again on Albion,...

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82% #OutOf100 – Seeing Other People by Mike Gayle

Seeing Other People is the thirteenth book from the mind of Mike Gayle, and it’s a little bit of a paradox.
 Like all but one of the previous 12 in the Gayle back-catalogue, this is a work of fiction, set in a specific period of a man’s life as he negotiates the nuances and red flags of a pivotal event. Unlike the previous 12, this has a supernatural element on which much of the drama hinges. But more on that later. Gayle’s debut, My Legendary Girlfriend (1998), has sold in excess of 250,000 copies and set the trend of his best-selling status....

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82% #OutOf100 – Fences

Mr. Lenny Henry CBE has been making waves in the UK press recently, with his calling out of the elite British entertainment industry’s continuous cat and mouse game it plays with African Caribbean actors and actresses. Critiquing awards ceremony BAFTA’s for being too white, and the constant battle to get consistent African Caribbean programming on the main 5 British channels, Henry is the lonely most recognisable British Caribbean face and voice in comedy and has not always been recognised or appreciated as being an advocate of ‘black issues’…but that’s another conversation. Currently Henry hasn’t been seen on TV as we remember him, instead, he’s been...

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