Tricycle Puts Black Writers Centre Stage

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Byline: Louise Jury Chief Arts Correspondent

A LONDON theatre is to host its first "black only" season.

The series of plays is to be held at the ground-breaking Tricycle Theatre in Kilburn, which previously ran a drama about the inquiry into the racist killing of Stephen Lawrence.

Three leading black writers -Kwame Kwei-Armah, Roy Williams and rising star Bola Agbaje -have written commissioned pieces examining the state of black Britain.

Kwei-Armah's Seize The Day looks at whether Londoners would elect a black mayor in the aftermath of President Obama's election in the US. The 42year-old from Friern Barnet, said: "The symbolism of a black mayor would send out to the world it's not only America that is the land of the free."

Williams's play Category B looks at the disproportionate number of black people in British jails. Williams, 41, from Greenwich, said: "It seemed like an exciting project -seeing black characters on stage coming from worlds the audience may not have seen before."

In Detaining Justice, Agbaje, 28, from Greenwich, the London-born daughter of Nigerian immigrants, uncovers the issues facing asylum seekers. …


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