Mawa Theatre Company, is the UK’s first all Black, all female Shakespeare Company representing Women of the African diaspora. Mawa will address how Black and Black Mixed Race Women are represented in classical text and explore how Shakespeare translates to Black audiences, producing content that focuses on themes within his works that correlate with the Black community. Founded by Actresses Maisey Bawden, Gabrielle Brooks, Danielle Kassaraté and Jade Samuels, Mawa will begin to redress the imbalance within the theatre industry, be a beacon of Black female creativity and an agent for change.LEARN MORE
We are announcing the appointment of Mawa as part of Queen's Theatre Hornchurch’s creative leadership team, predominantly led by Co - founders Danielle Kassaraté and Maisey Bawden as Associate Directors. They will be working closely with Executive Director, Mathew Russell to help steer the future of the theatre in a new direction ensuring the support offered to local artists reaches more underrepresented and underserved creative practitioners. They will play a key part in overseeing all aspects of this growing programme.
As a disabled artist, my relationship with the arts industry has always been complicated to say the least. I’ve come to the realisation that I am an interdisciplinary artist, on the most part by my curiosity of working with different forms and mediums, but it cannot go ignored that this discovery was partly prompted by the ever shape-shifting mountain of inaccessibility that plagues the sector.
I played a maid at drama school.Anyone that has ever been to Rose Bruford will know, it is the most beautiful place. Situated in a field adjacent to a park, it feels a million miles, not 20 minutes on a South Eastern train from London Bridge. I had returned to Drama School after a hiatus whilst giving birth to my daughter Rae, and after a year of changing nappies and watching Cbeebies as a single parent, I felt free.
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