HIGHER LEARNING: What's Your Story?

What's Your Story? An introduction to dramaturgy for hip hop theatre makers.

This three day course is a collaboration with Jonzi D (Breakin’ Convention Artistic Director) and Jane Fallowfield (Talawa’s Literary Associate)

What you will learn on this course:

  • Looking at yourself and your work: How do you articulate and interrogate your ideas? What is your process? How can you analyse what you are making and grow, shape and edit it?
  • Tools to help you step outside your work and see it clearly – a closer look at story, character and theatricality.
  • An introduction to working with text and working with writers.

Participants will also collaborate with six young exciting new voices from Talawa: David Judge, Urielle Klein Mekongo, Jasmine Jones, Mia Johnson, Femi Keeling and Zeddie Lawal.


Course cost: £10 registration fee

Registration AND payment is required to secure a place on the course. 
Firstly, FILL OUT AN APPLICATION FORM with your details
Next, REGISTER AND PAY ONLINE to secure your place

Travel bursaries available: Do you live outside London? We have limited travel bursaries available to cover the cost of your travel. Please email michelle@breakinconvention.com with your interest.


Date: Monday 4th – Wednesday 6th December 2017
Time: 10am – 6pm

Venue: The Factory Fitness and Dance Studio, 407 Hornsey Rd, Archway, London N19 4DX

Nearest tube stations: Archway (Northern Line, High Barnet branch) Finsbury Park (Piccadilly and Victoria Line) Crouch Hill & Upper Holloway (Overground)

Buses: 91 & 210

About the mentors 

Jane Fallowfield

Jane is the Literary Associate at Talawa Theatre Company and a director of new plays including: 'Drip' by Tom Wells (Hull UK City of Culture and tour), 'Red' by Somalia Seaton (Company 3), 'Germ Free Adolescent' by Natalie Mitchell (community venues in Medway), 'Bird' by Laura Lomas (Derby Theatre and tour), 'Fingertips' by Suhayla El-Bushra (Clean Break), 'Cosmic' and 'Spacewang' by Tom Wells (Hull Truck and community venues), 'The Only Way is Chelsea's' by Frazer Flintham (York Theatre Royal and tour), and 'Lagan' by Stacey Gregg (Ovalhouse). Other dramaturgical work includes co-running the BBC London Voices Programme and dance dramaturgy for Breakin' Convention.

Jonzi D

A dancer, spoken word artist and director, he is the foremost advocate for hip-hop theatre who has changed the profile and influenced the development of the UK British hip-hop dance and theatre scene over the last two decades. Since 2004 Jonzi D has been Artistic Director for Breakin' Convention and has triumphed in raising the profile and giving a platform to hip-hop disciplines, which has gained worldwide recognition as being at the vanguard of the development of the art form. Through professional development projects Open Art Surgery and Back To The Lab, Jonzi has supported hundreds of hip hop dance and rap/poetry artists on their journey to creating theatre.