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Building on the success of 2015’s sell-out Melanin Box Festival, Initiative.dkf created

Melanin Stages

a further artistic development opportunity for Melanin Box Festival Pandora Award Winners.

Melanin Stages



The MBF18 audience voted and Black Girl Magic won!


Supporting B*tchcraft by Nkhanisé Phiri (Pandora Award Winner '18) Melanin Stages provided a £400 development bursary for the piece which showed at Tristan Bates Theatre in November '18 as part of  Blacktress_UK

Visit:  @Bitchcraftplay to find out more.

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Melanin Stages 2016 

Was a further artistic development opportunity to platform work from London’s emerging BME artists featured at Melanin Box Festival. With an additional £650 development bursary awarded to the two chosen pieces.


World Changer, Mikel Ameen

Industry Panel:

Gail Babb (Talawa Theatre Company)

Nicole Logan (Creative Access Alumnus)

Kobna Holdbrook-Smith (Act for Change)  


Discussing BME storytelling, representation and opportunities; specifically Black female visibility on stage, on screen and in behind the scenes roles of production.


Melanin Stages is supported by Talawa Theatre Company and was funded by Arts Council England.

SHADE Written and Directed by Sophia Mackay

Still Barred Directed by Tristan Fynn-Aiduenu and written by Damilola K Fashola

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