NEWS: Talawa Theatre Company to Release Third and Fourth Films in Tales from the Front Line Series

The theatre company will release the next couple of films from the series which uses verbatim interviews with Black key workers
to explore the complex impact of the Covid-19 crisis on those on the Front Line of the pandemic.

Talawa Theatre Company have confirmed it will be making the third and fourth films in its Tales From the Frontline series through its website at 12pm on Thursday 11th February.

The films each concentrate on concerns about working in an environment where, in comparison to last March, customers have an increasingly blasé attitude to health and safety measures as well as dwindling respect for the workers outside healthcare, yet who are on the Front Line.

Directed by David Gilbert, the third film stars Kwame Bentil (Get Luke Lowe; Summerlake) and shares the words of a train dispatch worker who worries that his work puts his elderly father at risk of infection. Disappointed by the lack of respect given by passengers even as
he adapts to help them and tries to enforce the rules to keep them safe, he finds himself frustrated by the baseless assumptions he encounters every day.

Meanwhile, the fourth film sees Ann Akin (I May Destroy You; Strike series), directed by Jessica Mensah, share the words of a supermarket assistant whose job has led her to consider the judgements she has made about others’ career choices as she becomes conscious of entitled shoppers’ perceptions of her.

The Tales from the Front Line interviews were created to make a space for the Black workers to share their experiences, their concerns and their hopes for the future. Black artists and creatives have then used the testimonies to create a dramatised work using music, movement,
photography and soundscapes to convey the story with humour and hope.

Talking about the films, Michael Buffong, Talawa’s Artistic Director, comments:”Tales from the Front Line creates a historical record of the contribution of Black workers at the front line of the Covid-19 crisis, and goes further in demanding change from society. These truth-telling stories reflect real-life experiences which cannot be ignored, and do so in ways that are artistically and creatively rich.”

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