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Baptiste Programme to Present First Look Rehearsed Readings At Dublin Theatre Festival

Performances include Black Magnolia by Ikenna Anyabuike, Mama Don't Lie by Nandi Jola and more.

Baptiste Programme to Present First Look Rehearsed Readings At Dublin Theatre Festival

The Baptiste Programme is a paid and mentored script development programme for Black Irish theatre makers and writers of colour.

The programme is named after the 18th century Black Irish singer Rachel Baptiste, who performed to great acclaim here in Smock Alley as well as at other notable and prestigious venues and pleasure gardens of the time. There's a good article about her over on headstuff which is well worth checking out.

This project is led and facilitated by Pamela McQueen, established dramaturg, and supported by Lucy Ryan, their Director of Programming & Finance at Smock Alley. The programme has been funded by the Arts Council and Dublin City Council.

2021 was the first year of the programme and they worked with some fantastic theatre artists including Amanda Azams, Kwaku Fortune and C N Smith.

They are welcoming the new 2022 cohort to the programme. They include;

Dagogo Hart Dagogo


Dagogo Hart Dagogo is a Dublin based poet, writer, and spoken word artist whose words have wowed audiences from bar basements to Electric Picnic stages. He started performing in Dublin in 2016 at open mics and poetry slams, which saw him become an All Ireland poetry slam finalist in 2017. His personal works include; RedBeard Paddy (a poetry short film), The Home Project, See True (a spoken word variety show) and Boy Child (a spoken-word play). See True and Boy Child were co-written with FeliSpeaks. He also curated the hip-hop and poetry slam series Talkatives as part of WeAreGriot.

Esosa Ighodaro


Esosa has worked in TV, film and theatre as a vocalist and actor. She has an MA in screenwriting, with a particular interest in telling more varied stories about the black experience in Ireland.

Ikenna Anyabuike


Ikenna Anyabuike is an emerging actor, writer and theatrical voice residing in the West of Galway. His roots lie in underground poetry slams, theatrical performances and music. He places an emphasis on bringing his multicultural background to the Irish stage. His driving creative force is to make theatre a "site of universal introspection and hopefully enable a life that can be lived without fear".

Nandi Jola


Nandi Jola is studying for her MA in Poetry at Queens University Belfast. She was Ulster University Facilitator for Books Beyond Boundaries NI and a TEDxSpeaker in 2021.

The programme is broken into various stages that take place over 9 months. The first stage includes script concept exploration, writing plans and feedback sessions. The second stage will involve master classes with Irish and British writers with established careers. The writers' scripts will then be redrafted with dramaturgical support. First draft scripts will have an in-house informal reading with actors. The fourth and final stage is a facilitated two-day rehearsed reading process for the developed script.
These play readings will be mounted for an invited audience of new play producers, directors and festival representatives.

Smock Alley has long been a venue that supports artists particularly in the early part of their career. The Baptiste Programme is one of a series of targeted new work programmes at Smock which seek to professionalise young artists, provide a platform for underrepresented voices and raise skills in artistic practice.

Venue

Smock Alley Theatre, Boy's School

Date(s)

30 Sept. 3pm
Black Magnolia
by Ikenna Anyabuike
Directed by
Ronan Phelan

Mama Don't Lie
by Nandi Jola
Directed by
Aoife Spillane Hinks

7 Oct. 3pm
Let Me In
By Esosa Ighodaro
Directed by
Sophie Motley

Mmanwu
by Dagogo Hart
Directed by Eoghan Carrick.

This performance has a very limited capacity and can only be booked by contacting Dublin Theatre Festival box office directly on +353 1 677 8899, or in person in the Dublin Theatre Festival Box Office. Tickets are limited to 2 per person.

Tickets

Free but ticketed



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