Blood, Sweat and Fears by Maria Oshodi: theatre maps of the Riverside Studios. placeholder image

Maps of a theatre - scale 1/25 giving details on the position of audience and the other characteristics of the stage.

Dog by Dennis Scott: press cutting related to the play directed by Paulette Randall. placeholder image

Photocopies of various reviews published in the British press. Also includes articles on Joy Scott, wife of the Jamaican poet and playwright Dennis Scott, and articles on the 5th Black Theatre Season.

Blood, Sweat and Fears by Maria Oshodi: documents related to the production of the play. placeholder image

Documentation compiled by Talawa company theatre and the organisation. Administrative files include: British Actors Equity Association correspondence; contact sheet with all the artists involved in the production team; list of sickle cell and thalassaemia counselling centres and information brochure on the disease in Great-Britain; correspondence related to press meetings and radio promotion. Production files include (drafts and printed copies) press release of the play presented at the Riverside Studios, rehearsing notes work sheets, photocopy of the programme, extract from the play, suvival guide with production personnel, cast list, performance, contracts, wages, artist biographies and credits. The play was suggested by Lambeth Sickle Cell Society and commissioned by the Arts Council and Greater London Arts Association. In 1988 the play was produced by Harmony Theatre and directed by David Sulkin and was published by Methuen in Black Plays in 1989. The play follows Ben's progress as he learns to face the realities of having Sickle Cell and to remain positive. Also among the files are correspondence related to the play Eden by Steve Carter.

Eden by Steve Carter: poster of the play. placeholder image

Black and blue poster with picture of two men, one in costume with a hat, the other one in school graduate uniform. The play was directed by Alby James and designed by Clara Salandy.

Black and white photographs show actors on stage, and publicity shots of actor Paul McKenzie for the cover of the play. Programme with details about cast and author. Play director was Malcolm Frederick.

Pictures of this Sanskrit history play show: 1) colour photograph: two actors on stage, one of the actors sitting with legs crossed, the other stands beside him dressed in historical costume. Red background. 2) Colour picture: actor Renu Setna rehearsing. He stands alone on stage in the spot light, dressed in black, posing with arms in the air. 3) & 4) two black and white shots of scenes.

Collage technique used in the panel along with painting, drawing and cutting. Panels show a snake around the head of a man inside an apple on one side, and on the other side a female hand holding the apple with the head inside. The panels were possibly used as part of an exhibition display at the Forum.

Black and white photographs. Among the actors featured are Victor Romero Evans, Roger Griffiths, Calvin Simpson, Jo Martin. The play was produced by Paulette Randall and performed at the Shaw Theatre in Euston Road London, from 25th January to 11th of February 1989.

Show cast of the play directed by Yvonne Brewster and designed by Helen Turner. Cast includes Roger Griffiths, Yazmine Judd, Christine McEachern, Gregory Munroe, Mo Sesay, Heronimo Sehmi and Stacey Zuckerman.

Sketches show the name of designer Helen Turner and Talawa Theatre company. They present various eighties-style outfits and annotations such as act, scene and character names. They were possibly used in the final play.

Black and white photographs of representations and rehearsals of the play, which was directed by Renu Setna. They are from two photographers. One of the set is signed Amrando Atkinson, who was the photographer contracted by the organisation. They show actors and directors from various scenes of the play. Among them are Alaknanda Samarth, Rezaul Kabir, Anthony Lennon and possibly Alibe Parsons and Mark Lloyd. Other actors could not be identified. Shots of representations seem to be those with white borders.