12 October 2020



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Black History Month – Creative Coffee: Developing a new Musical about Black British history

Join writer and composer Urielle Klein-Mekongo (Yvette, Bush Theatre, Royal Exchange Theatre) and director Miranda Cromwell (Death Of A Salesman, Young Vic/Piccadilly Theatre; Rockets and Blue Lights, Royal Exchange Theatre, BBC Lockdown Theatre Festival) in conversation about the process of developing a new musical for the stage. Black Power Desk is set against a backdrop of 1970s Notting Hill.

It is inspired by the true events of London’s Black Power movement, and uses an original score of rap, reggae, soul and R&B to deliver an energetic call to arms against the racial discrimination that persists today. The team would love to answer any questions about the process and discuss responsibility and representation in retelling Black British stories for the stage.

Black Power Desk was originally commissioned by the Old Vic 12. The original creative team included co-composer Richard Melkonian, movement director Natasha Harrison and designer Anna Orton. If you’d like to learn more about the show, please contact the producer Steph J Weller on

Tickets available at

12 October 9:30am
Creative Coffee:
Developing a new Musical about Black British history
– access free but booking essential.
Also livestreaming via Reading Fringe Festival Facebook page.

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