Talawa Theatre Company unveils plans for new residence at the redeveloped Fairfield Halls

Talawa Theatre Company, the UK’s primary Black theatre company, has today announced plans to take up residence in the newly redeveloped Fairfield Halls in Croydon, which will reopen after a multi-million-pound redevelopment to transform it into a state-of-the-art venue in the heart of the Croydon community.

The new spaces will open to the public on 16 September 2019 and will operate as a central hub for Black artists.

The move will provide Talawa with new offices and a 200 seat studio theatre, making it the first time since 1995 that Talawa’s headquarters will feature an on-site performance space. 


Michael Buffong, Artistic Director of Talawa Theatre Company, said:

“For Talawa, this building provides a home for Black artists, enabling them to make outstanding work which will truly diversify and shape the cultural life of the whole country.”


Besides providing a space for Talawa’s artist development programme MAKE, the new residency will create opportunities to train young Black artists in technical and creative theatre disciplines, suited to Croydon’s status as the London borough with the largest youth population, working in partnership with organisations in the borough and nationally. 

In addition to premiering and developing new work, Talawa Theatre Company will use the studio as a space to research & develop new ideas, and create a programme of activities, debates and events aimed at Croydon’s diverse community.

Programming plans for the studio will be announced in Autumn 2019.

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