Richard Blackwood to Star in Typical at Edinburgh Fringe and London’s Soho Theatre

Richard Blackwood
Richard Blackwood

Richard Blackwood has been announced as the lead in Ryan Calais Cameron’s Typical, directed by Anastasia Osei-Kuffour.

From Nouveau Riche, the makers of 2018 hit Queens of Sheba, comes this powerful new play by Ryan Calais Cameron, directed by Anastasia Osei-Kuffour, confronting the daily tensions experienced by Black men as they negotiate life, while constantly feeling like their own lives are on the line.

Typical uncovers the man and the humanity behind the tragic real-life story of Christopher Alder, a Black British, ex-serviceman. Challenging traditional conceptions of Black manhood, Typical is a one-person show that highlights the crisis of identity consuming Britain today and challenges how far race relations in the UK have changed in the twenty years since Christopher’s story emerged.

In 2018 Ryan produced the critically acclaimed, sell-out Edinburgh hit Queens of Sheba, which went on to win the Edinburgh Untapped Award and later transferred to the New Diorama Theatre. Ryan is the winner of the Off West End Adopt A Playwright Award (2018) with his play Rhapsody (Arcola Theatre) and is an alumnus of the Royal Court writer’s programme (2017) and the Soho Young Company (2016).

Typical runs at the Edinburgh Fringe from Wed 31 July – Sun 25 August 2019 at the Pleasance Beneath before transferring to Soho Theatre’s Upstairs space from Tue 3 – Sat 28 Sep 2019.

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