The Hear Me Now Podcast highlights issues within the creative arts industry

THE HEAR ME NOW PODCAST is a new initiative from Tamasha and Titilola Dawudu, that follows the success of the book, Hear Me Now Audition Monologue for Actors of Colour published by Oberon Books, and the 2019 festival, Hear Me Now presents: LoveSexIdentityAmbition, at Theatre503.

Conceived in 2016 by Tamasha and writer-producer Titilola Dawudu, the book of short monologues brought together playwrights and actors in creative workshops to generate better audition material for ethnically diverse actors than the largely stereotypical character currently on offer. Hear Me Now Audition Monologues for Actors of Colour was published in October 2018 and by December of the same year, was Oberon’s biggest selling book.

The HEAR ME NOW podcast hopes to continue the pathways and opportunities that the book successfully managed to create for, by bridging the gap for underrepresented artists. Hosted by Dawudu, guests will include Winsome Pinnock, Endy McKay, Shiv Jalota, Heather Agyepong and Jumoke Fashola.

Each podcast episode promises to ignite honest and open conversations ranging from the current state of the creative arts industry, to race, identity
and balancing mental health issues whilst delving into creative pathways.

Debo Adebayo, Lead Producer of Tamasha said:

From the first moment we discussed the idea of the Hear Me Now monologues we knew this was a project we had to collaborate with Titi on. Since its release, it’s become so much more than a book. It now represents a movement, creating opportunities, new writing and safe spaces for people to come together to speak, discuss and perform. The Hear Me Now Podcast is part of its natural evolution and the seven episodes are urgent, enlightening and deeply engaging. There will be something for everyone in this series. We cannot wait for people to hear it.

The HEAR ME NOW: PODCAST series is in partnership with Afridiziak – the UK’s only website dedicated to celebrating African-Caribbean theatre and is supported by The LondonCommunity Response Fund. It will feature seven episodes with the first two episodes releasing in mid-January 2021.

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