Multi-award-winning Company Three elevate the voices of 10 Black teenagers growing up in North London as they explore what ‘Black is’ and ‘who we are’ collectively and individually.
Through the lens of friendship, family, music, culture and celebration, Company Three members aged 11-19 share the joy of Black relatedness, their experience of racism, and the reality behind the preconceptions.
Co-created with the young company members and based on their own life experiences, #BlackIs... follows an episodic structure, using hashtags like #blackboyjoy, #blackisedges and #blackisunfilteredunity to present elements of the Black experience.
Following the sold-out run of Eighteen in summer 2020, New Diorama is delighted to welcome Company Three back with this vital new show.
Company Three is a leading force for change for teenagers in their local community in Islington, North London and around the world. The theatre company is led by the ideas of the 75 members aged 11-19 making work through long-term collaboration between young people and professional theatre-makers. Their plays have been performed at the National Theatre, Battersea Arts Centre, the Royal Exchange Theatre, the Yard Theatre, New Diorama Theatre and on the BBC. Their play blueprints have been used by more than 500 groups in more than 30 countries across the world to co-create work with young people.
Awards include the Peter Brook Empty Space Award for Innovation, the Stage Award for Community Project of the Year and Outstanding Drama Initiative at the Music and Drama Education Awards. Company Three believe youth theatre can be a place of community, radical art and social change.
Company Three's work is supported by Arts Council England, Cripplegate Foundation, Tuixen Foundation , Esmee Fairbairn Foundation, Garfield Weston Foundation, Paul Hamlyn Foundation, The Henry Smith Charity, Islington Council, Lightbulb Trust - Greenlight Fund, Creative Spirit Fund.
New Diorama Theatre's 2022/23 theatre programme is made possible with support of Cockayne Foundation and the London Community Fund.
Cast & Creatives
Writer & Director Nuna Sandy
Associate Director Philip J Morris
Associate Artist Amber Ruby
Dramaturg Sabrina Richmond
Designer Sadeysa Greenway Bailey
Lighting Designer Laura Howard
Sound Designer Mwen
Choreography Jade Hackett, Kenrick Sandy & Nuna Sandy
Costume Supervisor Jenine Agyemang
Stage Manager Aïsha Kent
Producer Shereen Hamilton
Assistant Producer Basheba Baptiste (Bashiie)
Production Manager Corey Bovel
Production Assistant Cleopatra Falconer
Cast Kezia Adewale, Kirubael Alebachew, Da’Quarn Brisset-Levy, Danae Daniels, Allegresse Kabuya, Love Ọmọlọla, Mackenzie Gardiner, Jerry Owusu Ansah, Nia Royal & Shilton Freeman.
Created with Jaekwan Hunte-Garrett, Paige Graham, Angel Oridota, T’Keyah Mendes, Aaliyah Murrian & Bailey Smith.
Special thanks to Olajumoke Omolola, June Gardner, Alex Alebachew, Tracey Royal, Georgis Dimtsu.