Creative Coffee – Developing a new musical about Black British history

Urielle Klein-Mekongo & Miranda Cromwell

Join writer and composer Urielle Klein-Mekongo (Yvette, Bush Theatre, Royal Exchange Theatre) and director Miranda Cromwell (Rockets and Blue Lights, Royal Exchange Theatre, BBC Lockdown Theatre Festival; Death of a Salesman, Piccadilly Theatre, The Young Vic) in conversation about the process of developing this new musical for the stage. They will be joined by singer and theatre maker Simone Ibbett-Brown.

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

To join us in Zoom please book your free ticket here.

Zoom details will be circulated in advance. You will be given access from 9.25am for a 9.30am start.

Please note this event will be live captioned.

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  • From: Monday, 12th October 2020
  • Start Time: 09:30
  • End Time: 10:30
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