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Beyond The Canon: The Writers Room

Beyond The Canon: The Writers Room

By Beyond The Canon
Beyond The Canon is an organisation championing ground breaking; yet forgotten and hidden plays by culturally diverse writers. In this first season Beyond The Canon's founder & artistic director Simeilia Hodge-Dallaway and associate producer Sarudzayi Marufu will be celebrating Black, Asian, Latinx and Middle Eastern plays and playwrights. They'll also be giving away plays and anthologies donated by Methuen Drama, Oberon Books & Playwrights Canada Press. They will be joined by some incredible guests including award winning playwrights. Find out more at www.beyondthecanon.com
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Beyond The Canon: The Writers Room - In Conversation with Vinay Patel
In the last episode of season 2, we are joined by writer and playwright Vinay Patel.   Vinay’s debut play, True Brits, opened at the Edinburgh Fringe 2014, before transferring to the Bush Theatre and Vault Festival. His latest play, An Adventure, ran at the Bush in late 2018. His first piece for television, Murdered By My Father, won the Royal Television Society award for Best Single Drama and was nominated for three BAFTAs. Vinay was named a BAFTA Breakthrough Brit for his work.  He has since written for Paines Plough, ITV, Channel 4 and the BFI, as well as contributing to the bestselling collection of essays, The Good Immigrant. Most recently, Vinay wrote for the 11th and 12th series of Doctor Who - receiving a Hugo nomination - and is developing further projects for TV, theatre and film.   Find out more about Vinay Patel at www.beyondthecanon.com    Intro Music:  Chill Soul Rap Instrumental by Nkato https://soundcloud.com/nkato Creative Commons — Attribution 3.0 Unported— CC BY 3.0 Free Download / Stream: https://bit.ly/chill-soul-rap-instrumental Music promoted by Audio Library https://youtu.be/sdfcUBhRlgs
01:10:60
April 21, 2021
Beyond The Canon: The Writers Room - In Conversation with Kwame Kwei-Armah
In our penultimate episode of season 2, we are joined by the incredible actor, playwright, director and broadcaster Kwame Kwei-Armah.  Kwame is a British actor, playwright, director and broadcaster. In 2018 he was made Artistic Director of the Young Vic Theatre, where he has directed Twelfth Night and Tree. From 2011 to 2018 he was previously the Artistic Director of Baltimore Center Stage where he directed: Jazz, Marley, One Night in Miami, Amadeus, Dance of the Holy Ghosts, The Mountaintop; An Enemy of the People, The Whipping Man and Things of Dry Hours.  Other work as a director includes: Twelfth Night, Comedy of Errors, Much Ado About Nothing, Detroit’67 (Public Theatre, New York), The Liquid Plain (Signature Theatre, New York and Oregon Shakespeare Festival), Porgy and Bess (Baltimore Symphony Orchestra) the Olivier Nominated One night in Miami for Best New Play 2016 (Donmar Warehouse) and One Love (Birmingham Repertory Theatre).    As a playwright his credits include Tree (Manchester International Festival, Young Vic), One Love (Birmingham Repertory Theatre), Beneatha’s Place (Baltimore Center Stage) Elmina’s Kitchen, Fix Up, Statement of Regret (National Theatre) Let There Be Love and Seize the Day (Tricycle Theatre).   Kwame was Artistic Director for the Festival of Black arts and Culture, Senegal, in 2010. He conceived and directed the opening ceremony at Senghor National stadium. He was an Associate Director of the Donmar Warehouse and has served on the boards of the National Theatre, Tricycle Theatre, and Theatre Communications Group. Kwame was the Chancellor of the University of the Arts London from 2010 to 2015, and in 2012 was awarded an OBE for Services to Drama.  In 2012, 2013 and 2014 Kwame was named Best Director in City Paper’s Best of Baltimore Awards and in 2015 was nominated for the prestigious Stage Directors and Choreographers Zelda Fichandler Award for Best Regional Artistic Director. In 2016 he was awarded the Urban Visionary Award alongside House Representative Elijah Cummings by the Center for Urban Families for his work in the Baltimore community. In 2019 he was appointed the Chair of the Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting. Kwame is a patron of Ballet Black and a visiting fellow of Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford University.  Find out more about Kwame at www.beyondthecanon.com     Intro Music:  Chill Soul Rap Instrumental by Nkato https://soundcloud.com/nkato Creative Commons — Attribution 3.0 Unported— CC BY 3.0 Free Download / Stream: https://bit.ly/chill-soul-rap-instrumental Music promoted by Audio Library https://youtu.be/sdfcUBhRlgs
01:25:48
April 14, 2021
Beyond The Canon: The Writers Room - In Conversation with Satinder Chohan
In this episode we are joined by the incredible theatre journalist and playwright Satinder Chohan.    Satinder Kaur Chohan is from Southall, West London and completed her BA in English Language and Literature at King’s College London and her MA at Yale University in the US. A journalist and documentary researcher/assistant producer turned playwright from Southall, West London, her plays include Zameen (Kali Theatre UK tour), KabaddiKabaddiKabaddi (Pursued By A Bear/Kali tour), Made in India (Tamasha Theatre, UK tour) and 1984 (Vibrant Festival, Finborough Theatre). As Writer-in-Residence at the Centre for Family Research (Cambridge University), she wrote youth play Half of Me(Tamasha/Generation Arts, Lyric Hammersmith/Made in India tour).  She received OffWestEnd.com’s 2013 Adopt A Playwright Award and the 2017 ACTA Award for Best Production for Made in India. Audio dramas include Garlands (BBC Radio 3), Steam Rises (Tamasha/National Archives), an audio (and play) adaptation of The Girl of Ink and Stars and Secret Stories (Spark Arts), working with local families in Leicester. In 2016, The Guardian/4th Estate Prize shortlisted her short story 'Chet'. She is currently developing plays including Lotus Beauty (Hampstead Theatre) about multigenerational British Asian women and Empire of the Mind (Sphinx 30 initiative/Kali) about Britain’s imperial past and legacy, short film Bussing and Pind, a novel about the Punjabi diaspora.     Find out more about Sinder at http://www.beyondthecanon.com Intro Music: Chill Soul Rap Instrumental by Nkato https://soundcloud.com/nkato  Creative Commons — Attribution 3.0 Unported— CC BY 3.0  Free Download / Stream: https://bit.ly/chill-soul-rap-instrumental  Music promoted by Audio Library https://youtu.be/sdfcUBhRlgs "
01:12:45
April 07, 2021
Beyond The Canon: The Writers Room - In Conversation with Jeff Ho
In this episode we are joined by the incredible theatre artist and playwright Jeff Ho.   Jeff Ho is a Toronto-based theatre artist, originally from Hong Kong. As a playwright, his works include Iphigenia and the Furies (On Taurian Land), produced by Saga Collectif; Antigone: 方, produced by Young People's Theatre; and trace, produced by Factory Theatre/ b current performing arts. He has held residencies with the Stratford Festival, Nightswimming, Cahoots, the Banff Playwrights Lab, Factory Theatre, and is the current Bulmash-Siegel Playwright in Residence with the Tarragon Theatre. His works are published by Playwrights Canada Press.   Jeff is grateful to have been honoured with a Toronto Theatre Critics Award for Best New Canadian Play (Iphigenia); nominated for three Dora Awards, twice for Performance (Prince Hamlet, Hana’s Suitcase) and once as a Playwright (Iphigenia); a Harold Award (House of Nadia Ross). He is a graduate of the National Theatre School of Canada.      Find out more about Jeff Ho at http://www.beyondthecanon.com/    Intro Music: Chill Soul Rap Instrumental by Nkato https://soundcloud.com/nkato  Creative Commons — Attribution 3.0 Unported— CC BY 3.0  Free Download / Stream: https://bit.ly/chill-soul-rap-instrumental  Music promoted by Audio Library https://youtu.be/sdfcUBhRlgs "
01:20:36
March 31, 2021
Beyond The Canon: The Writers Room - In Conversation with Amy Ng
In this episode we are joined by the incredible playwright and historian Amy Ng. Amy is a British-Hong Kong playwright.   Her plays include UNDER THE UMBRELLA (Belgrade Theatre Coventry, UK Tour), ACCEPTANCE (Hampstead Theatre) and SHANGRI-LA (Finborough Theatre).  Adaptations include MISS JULIE (Chester Storyhouse).  Radio plays include TIGER GIRLS (BBC Radio 4) and KILBURN PASSION (BBC Radio 3).  She is under commission to the Royal Shakespeare Company and Kiln Theatre, and is developing her play THATCHER IN CHINA at the National Theatre Studio.  She is also part of the inaugural Genesis Almeida New Playwrights Big Plays programme, as well as the Young Vic and Sky Stage and Screen commissioning scheme.     Amy is also a historian, and is the author of ‘Nationalism and Political Liberty’ (Oxford University Press). She is fluent in English, German and Chinese and regularly translates Chinese plays into English.    Find out more about Amy Ng at http://www.beyondthecanon.com/    Intro Music: Chill Soul Rap Instrumental by Nkato https://soundcloud.com/nkato  Creative Commons — Attribution 3.0 Unported— CC BY 3.0  Free Download / Stream: https://bit.ly/chill-soul-rap-instrumental  Music promoted by Audio Library https://youtu.be/sdfcUBhRlgs
01:20:36
March 24, 2021
Beyond The Canon: The Writers Room - Roundtable Discussion
This week we have a special round-table talk with pioneering play specialists of the world’s best play anthologies, featuring Dalbir Singh, Kathy Perkins, Simeilia Hodge-Dallaway and hosted by Sarudzayi Marufu.    Find out more about Beyond The Canon and our guests at beyondthecanon.com Kathy A. Perkins, scholar and lighting designer, is the editor/co-editor of six anthologies, in addition to serving as a senior editor for the Routledge Companion to African American Theatre and Performance. A recipient of numerous research and design awards, including Fulbright, NEH, NAACP Image Award, the USITT Publication Award, and the ATHE Career Achievement Award in Academic Theatre, she has traveled to over forty countries as both designer and scholar. Kathy has designed nationally and internationally at such venues as Berkeley Repertory, Arena Stage, St. Louis Black Repertory, Baltimore Center Stage, Goodman, Steppenwolf, Yale Repertory, Manhattan Theatre Club, American Conservatory, Mark Taper Forum, Congo Square, and the Grahamstown Festival in South Africa. Kathy is Professor Emerita at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Dalbir Singh is a Ph.D. candidate in Performance Studies at the   University of Toronto. He taught courses there as well as at the   University of Waterloo and the University of Guelph. At Waterloo, he   taught the first theatre course exclusively focused on racial identity   and Canadian theatre. He has edited five collections of plays and   critical essays on topics including Tamil culture and identity, post-colonial theatre, South Asian Canadian drama, and queer Canadian theatre. Simeilia Hodge-Dallaway is Founder/Artistic Director of Beyond The Canon, Founder of Artistic Directors of the Future, Executive Producer & Senior Coordinating Producer of Black Lives, Black Words International Project and is curatorial consultant for Manchester International Festival. Simeilia has also been former troubleshooter and Manager of the National Theatre's Black Play Archive, Editor of the first monologue anthology for Black Plays inspired by black British Plays: The Oberon Book of Monologues for Black Actors: Classical and Contemporary Speeches from Black British Plays which was followed by a second monologue anthology published by Bloomsbury Methuen Drama: Audition Speeches for Black, South Asian and Middle Eastern Actors, interim Associate Producer at Theatre Royal Stratford East and former Trustee at Company of Angels Theatre Company. She also worked nationally and internationally as a theatre director, producer, dramaturg, teacher/guest lecturer and audience development consultant. Simeilia is currently a member of the editorial team for the Backpages Selection of the Contemporary Theatre Review (Routledge/UK) and editor for The Stage Newspaper. In 2017, Simeilia was appointed as a trustee for the Directors Guild of Great Britain. Intro Music: Chill Soul Rap Instrumental by Nkato https://soundcloud.com/nkato  Creative Commons — Attribution 3.0 Unported— CC BY 3.0  Free Download / Stream: https://bit.ly/chill-soul-rap-instrumental  Music promoted by Audio Library https://youtu.be/sdfcUBhRlgs
01:20:30
March 17, 2021
Beyond The Canon: The Writers Room - In Conversation with Nambi E. Kelley
In this episode we have award-winning playwright and actress Nambi E. Kelley as our guest.  Nambi was chosen by literary legend Toni Morrison to adapt her novel Jazz for the stage (Baltimore Center Stage, Marin Theatre Company). Nambi also penned an adaptation of Richard Wright’s Native Son that has been seen at theatres across the country, most notably at The Duke on 42nd Street (Off-Broadway Premiere, The Acting Company), Yale Repertory Theatre, and the Court Theatre in Chicago (world premiere). Nambi has authored plays for Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Goodman Theatre, Lincoln Center (Director’s Fest), and internationally. She is a former playwright-in-residence at the National Black Theatre in New York, and the Goodman Theatre in Chicago.  She recently served in residence at New Victory Theatre and as a Dramatists Guild Foundation Fellow. Nambi has been recognized with several awards and nominations including the AUDELCO Award for “Best Production” for Native Son (Off-Broadway Premiere 2019), a Drama League nomination for “Best Revival” for the same production; the Prince Prize 2019; and a Dramatists Guild Foundation Writers Alliance Grant 2018-19. Her current commissions include a play based on the life of Stokely Carmichael (Prince Prize/Court Theatre) and one on African American icon Dr. Maya Angelou (North Carolina Black Repertory Theatre). Nambi is a season three staff writer on Showtime’s The Chi.    Find out more about Nambi at nambikelley.com    Find out more about Beyond The Canon at beyondthecanon.com Intro Music: Chill Soul Rap Instrumental by Nkato https://soundcloud.com/nkato   Creative Commons — Attribution 3.0 Unported— CC BY 3.0   Free Download / Stream: https://bit.ly/chill-soul-rap-instrumental   Music promoted by Audio Library https://youtu.be/sdfcUBhRlgs
01:21:18
March 10, 2021
Beyond The Canon: The Writers Room - In Conversation with Trey Anthony
In this episode we are joined by award-winning writer and producer Trey Anthony. Trey is the first black woman in Canada to have a television series on a prime time network. Her work includes the plays, ‘da Kink in My Hair and How Black Mothers Say I Love You. She is co-writing a feature film which is an adaption of her play entitled, How Black Mothers Say I love You, which is supported by Telefilm Canada and Film Wales. Trey is a former writer for The Comedy Network, Global TV, OWN and has recently joined the writing team of the television show, Unconventional, created by Emmy nominated, Kit Williamson. She has won four NAACP awards and has delivered a popular, viral TED talk. She is a contributing writer for Huffington Post. Her new book, Black Girl in Love (with herself), published by Penguin Random House and Hay House, is out now! Find out more about Trey Anthony at: https://treyanthony.com/ Find out more about Beyond The Canon at http://www.beyondthecanon.com/ Intro Music: Chill Soul Rap Instrumental by Nkato https://soundcloud.com/nkato Creative Commons — Attribution 3.0 Unported— CC BY 3.0 Free Download / Stream: https://bit.ly/chill-soul-rap-instrumental Music promoted by Audio Library https://youtu.be/sdfcUBhRlgs
01:01:37
March 03, 2021
Beyond The Canon: The Writers Room - In Conversation with Kristoffer Diaz
In this episode Sim and Sarue are joined by Kristoffer Diaz. Kristoffer is an American playwright, screenwriter, and educator. His play, The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity, was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. In 2011, The New York Times awarded Diaz with the Outstanding Playwright Award. Previous credits include a stage adaptation of Disney's Hercules for The Public Theater and a screen adaptation of the musical Rent for FOX. His work has also been featured on Netflix and ESPN. Diaz currently teaches at New York University.   You can find out more about Kristoffer and his work at kristofferdiaz.com​    Find out more about Beyond The Canon at beyondthecanon.com Intro music: Chill Soul Rap Instrumental by Nkato https://soundcloud.com/nkato Creative Commons — Attribution 3.0 Unported— CC BY 3.0 Free Download / Stream: https://bit.ly/chill-soul-rap-instrumental Music promoted by Audio Library https://youtu.be/sdfcUBhRlgs
01:02:21
February 24, 2021
Beyond The Canon: The Writers Room - Introducing Season 2!
Simeilia Hodge-Dallaway and Sarudzayi Marufu are back with a brand new season of Beyond The Canon: The Writers Room. In this second season Sim and Sarue will be celebrating UK and International Black, Asian, Latinx and Middle Eastern plays and playwrights.  They'll also be joined by some incredible guests including award winning playwrights.    Find out more at www.beyondthecanon.com    Intro Music:   Chill Soul Rap Instrumental by Nkato https://soundcloud.com/nkatoCreative Commons — Attribution 3.0 Unported— CC BY 3.0 Free Download / Stream: https://bit.ly/chill-soul-rap-instrumentalMusic promoted by Audio Library https://youtu.be/sdfcUBhRlgs
28:20
February 17, 2021
Episode 11: Showcase Announcement
In this episode we wrap up Season 1 with a special Beyond The Canon showcase feature episode and an exciting announcement about BTC Writers Room and what’s coming up in 2021. Find out more about Beyond The Canon please at www.beyondthecanon.com. Intro music: Chill Soul Rap Instrumental by Nkato https://soundcloud.com/nkato Creative Commons — Attribution 3.0 Unported— CC BY 3.0 Free Download / Stream: https://bit.ly/chill-soul-rap-instrumental Music promoted by Audio Library https://youtu.be/sdfcUBhRlgs
53:09
February 09, 2021
Episode 10: In conversation with Sabrina Mahfouz
In this episode we are very excited to have poet, playwright, performer and writer Sabrina Mahfouz joining us as our guest. You can find out more about Sabrina and her work on our website www.beyondthecanon.com. Intro music: Chill Soul Rap Instrumental by Nkato https://soundcloud.com/nkato Creative Commons — Attribution 3.0 Unported— CC BY 3.0 Free Download / Stream: https://bit.ly/chill-soul-rap-instrumental Music promoted by Audio Library https://youtu.be/sdfcUBhRlgs
01:15:16
February 09, 2021
Episode 9: In conversation with Idris Goodwin
In this episode we are very excited to have playwright, rapper, essayist, and poet Idris Goodwin joining us as our guest. You can find out more about Idris and his work on our website www.beyondthecanon.com. Intro music:  Chill Soul Rap Instrumental by Nkato https://soundcloud.com/nkato Creative Commons — Attribution 3.0 Unported— CC BY 3.0 Free Download / Stream: https://bit.ly/chill-soul-rap-instrumental Music promoted by Audio Library https://youtu.be/sdfcUBhRlgs
01:02:45
February 09, 2021
Episode 8: In conversation with Zakiyyah Alexander
In this episode we are joined by actor and playwright Zakiyyah Alexander. You can find out more about Zakiyyah and her work on our website www.beyondthecanon.com. Intro music: Chill Soul Rap Instrumental by Nkato https://soundcloud.com/nkato Creative Commons — Attribution 3.0 Unported— CC BY 3.0 Free Download / Stream: https://bit.ly/chill-soul-rap-instrumental Music promoted by Audio Library https://youtu.be/sdfcUBhRlgs
58:42
February 09, 2021
Episode 7: In conversation with Yolanda Mercy & Hannah Khalil
In this episode we are joined by the award-winning British actress and playwright Yolanda Mercy and the incredible writer Hannah Khalil. You can find out more about Yolanda and Hannah and their work on our website www.beyondthecanon.com. Intro music:  Chill Soul Rap Instrumental by Nkato https://soundcloud.com/nkato Creative Commons — Attribution 3.0 Unported— CC BY 3.0 Free Download / Stream: https://bit.ly/chill-soul-rap-instrumental Music promoted by Audio Library https://youtu.be/sdfcUBhRlgs
01:44:02
February 09, 2021
Episode 6: A Day Of Play Giveaways
In this episode we have a day of play giveaways! We are giving away a collection of incredible anthologies including the ‘Black British Writers Anthology’, ‘Black Plays 3’ and ‘Not Black And White’. We also discuss some of the incredible plays and monologues included in these anthologies including ‘Boy With Beer’ by Paul Boakye, ‘Jamaican Airman Foresees His Death’ by Fred D'Aguiar, ‘Seize the Day’ by Kwame Kwei-Armah and 'Scrape off the Black' by Tunde Ikoli. You can find out more about these anthologies, plays and writers on our website www.beyondthecanon.com. Intro music:  Chill Soul Rap Instrumental by Nkato https://soundcloud.com/nkato Creative Commons — Attribution 3.0 Unported— CC BY 3.0 Free Download / Stream: https://bit.ly/chill-soul-rap-instrumental Music promoted by Audio Library https://youtu.be/sdfcUBhRlgs
53:33
February 09, 2021
Episode 5: In conversation with Lydia Diamond
In this episode we are very excited to be joined by playwright and professor Lydia Diamond as our guest. You can find out more about her work on our website www.beyondthecanon.com. Intro music: Chill Soul Rap Instrumental by Nkato https://soundcloud.com/nkato Creative Commons — Attribution 3.0 Unported— CC BY 3.0 Free Download / Stream: https://bit.ly/chill-soul-rap-instrumental Music promoted by Audio Library https://youtu.be/sdfcUBhRlgs
01:36:09
February 09, 2021
Episode 4: In conversation with Mojisola Adebayo
In this episode we are very excited to have the incredible Actor, Playwright, Director, Producer and Teacher Mojisola Adebayo join us as our guest. You can find out more about Mojisola on our website www.beyondthecanon.com. Intro music: Chill Soul Rap Instrumental by Nkato https://soundcloud.com/nkato Creative Commons — Attribution 3.0 Unported— CC BY 3.0 Free Download / Stream: https://bit.ly/chill-soul-rap-instrumental Music promoted by Audio Library https://youtu.be/sdfcUBhRlgs
01:00:26
February 09, 2021
Episode 3: In conversation with Juliet Gilkes Romero
In this episode we are very excited to have the incredible playwright and journalist Juliet Gilkes Romero. You can find out more about Juliet on our website www.beyondthecanon.com. Intro music: Chill Soul Rap Instrumental by Nkato https://soundcloud.com/nkato Creative Commons — Attribution 3.0 Unported— CC BY 3.0 Free Download / Stream: https://bit.ly/chill-soul-rap-instrumental Music promoted by Audio Library https://youtu.be/sdfcUBhRlgs 
01:53:30
February 09, 2021
Episode 2: In conversation with Reginald Edmund
In this episode Sim & Sarue are joined by playwright and founder/managing curating producer of Black Lives Black Words, Reginald Edmund.  You can find out more about Reginald and his work on www.beyondthecanon.com. Intro music:  Chill Soul Rap Instrumental by Nkato https://soundcloud.com/nkato Creative Commons — Attribution 3.0 Unported— CC BY 3.0 Free Download / Stream: https://bit.ly/chill-soul-rap-instrumental Music promoted by Audio Library https://youtu.be/sdfcUBhRlgs
55:47
February 09, 2021
Episode 1: Introducing Beyond The Canon
Beyond The Canon is an organisation championing ground breaking; yet forgotten and hidden plays by culturally diverse writers. In this first season Beyond The Canon's founder & artistic director Simeilia Hodge-Dallaway and associate producer Sarudzayi Marufu will be celebrating Black, Asian, Latinx and Middle Eastern plays and playwrights. They'll also be giving away plays and anthologies donated by Methuen Drama, Oberon Books & Playwrights Canada Press. They will be joined by some incredible guests including award winning playwrights, actors, poets and writers. Find out more at www.beyondthecanon.com Intro Music:  Chill Soul Rap Instrumental by Nkato https://soundcloud.com/nkato Creative Commons — Attribution 3.0 Unported— CC BY 3.0 Free Download / Stream: https://bit.ly/chill-soul-rap-instrumental Music promoted by Audio Library https://youtu.be/sdfcUBhRlgs 
54:55
February 09, 2021