Written by Ryan Calais Cameron. Directed by Tristian Fynn-Aiduenu. Cast includes Kingsley Amadi, Uchenna Chuckwudinma, Joshua Boyd-Campbell & Eloka Obi.
“Someone’s baby died last night and nothing changes, just another day on Endz.”
TIMBUKTU is based on the young Black male experience in 21st Century Britain. The play directly confronts the current crises consuming and confining contemporary black males, challenging traditional conceptions of black masculinity and notions of a monolithic, centralised, and authentic black manhood. Exploring a candid portrait of, racial and economic injustice, hyper-masculinity, love and pain. The play is told from the perspective of four articulate young men during the aftermath of another murder on their Council Estate. Timbuktu is a journey that travels through some of the harsh realities of our time, as it moves towards healing and transformation.
Nouveau Riché’s Timbuktu was first awarded time and space by the Oval House Theatre and Rich Mix, respectively, for Research and Development sessions with young black men from the ages of 16-25. In October 2015, to celebrate Black History Month, Nouveau Riché, in association with Arcola Theatre, organised a rehearsed reading of Timbuktu directed by Tristan Fynn-Aiduenu, before going on to being chosen to be a part of the ‘Black Words Black Lives’ festival at The Bush Theatre where the play was fortunate enough to receive a standing ovation and amazing feedback.
Nouveau Riché are also the producers behind the sold out hit show Queens of Sheba (Camden’s People Theatre) and Rhapsody (Arcola Theatre).
Nouveau Riché founder and Timbuktu writer Ryan Calais Cameron is one of the UK’s finest writers of our time, having his work attached to the likes of The Royal Court Theatre, Arcola Theatre and more. He is also an alumnus of the Soho Theatre’s Writers Lab and a graduate of Bournemouth University (BA HONS Acting).
Director Tristian Fyn-Aiduenu (Currently working as Assistant Director on Young Vic’s ‘The Brothers Size) work includes Little Baby Jesus (The Albany), Still Barred (Hackney Showroom), Soapbox (Talawa Theatre Co.), Suffocation (Ovalhouse) and more. Tristian is a graduate of Central School of Speech and Drama.
Kingsley Amadi – work includes Mr Foote’s Other Leg (Theatre Royal Haymarket), Secret Heart (Produced by Ill Manors’ Atif Ghani), On-Duty, Headloss, Bakersfield, Othello and more. Joshua Boyd-Campbell – work include How to Hold Your Breath (Royal Court Theatre), Dunsinane (The Royal Shakespeare Company), Secret Cinema – Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back (Secret Cinema), Boy X (Arc Theatre), Dyonisus (Creative Blueballs: The Courtyard Theatre) and more. Uchenna Chuckwudinma – currently in his final year of Acting for Stage and Media at the West London University. His credits to date include A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Antigone, The Grand Gesture, Road, A Love Letter to the Cloud Seekers , Death and Dancing. Eloka Obi – credits include Edward II (Greenwich Theatre), Crossing the Line (The Cockpit Theatre), We Raise Our Hands In The Sanctuary (The Albany Theatre), A Boy Named Sue (The Rosemary Branch Theatre), Nougat For Kings (Underbelly Edinburgh Fringe) and more.
Reviews of Timbuktu “Both charming and provocative with a brilliant energy to the writing.” Cherish Shirley, Film 4 “Honestly one of the best showings I have ever been to.” Katherine Rogers, Watford Palace Theatre “An absolutely incredible piece of new writing.” Tobi Bakare, BBC; Death in Paradise
Thursday 22, Friday 23 and Saturday 24 February 2018. Performances at 7pm. Tickets £12/£10.
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