Sticks And Mangos

by Siwa Theatre in London, England, United Kingdom


raised of £1,500 target


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This project is using Flexible funding and will receive all pledges made by April 26th 2019 at 11:28am

We are raising fund for the debut performance for playwright Shaquille John's Sticks and Mangos for three nights at Tristan Bates Theatre.

by Siwa Theatre in London, England, United Kingdom


Sticks and Mangos is a debut by Shaquille John and will be directed by Mumba Dodwell. We are sharing the first act at Tristan Bates Theatre as part of their Queer Season curated by Otherland Theatre Company.

Sticks and Mangos takes an in-depth look at a father-son relationship, the modern family, immigration and the generation gap between attitudes of masculinity and homosexuality.

Set in London, 2018, the play centres around Trinidad and Tobago's dissolution of Section 13 of the Sexual Offences Act 1986 in the summer of last year. A descendent of 'The Buggery Law' that was established by colonies of the islands in 1889. The first act we are performing will look at how this potential change in law affects a Trinidadian family back in London.

By supporting us you are helping in paying for;

  • Professional Actors
  • Rehearsal Space
  • Making sure that Sticks and Mangos get seen by theatres, directors and producers who can take this play further.
  • And the personal development of emerging artists

This is a very personal story and we are using this opportunity to share stories that are not usually shared.

About Shaquille

Shaquille is an actor with a keen pen for writing plays or poems that question and draws on what it means to be a queer black man navigating the world we live in. Sticks & Mangos will be his debut as a writer.

He has recently finished touring a one-man show Ride! which centred around the murder of James Byrd Jr. a black man who was lynched by white supremacists. And recently performed as Charles, a young teen who has an eye for fashion in the New York 80’s ball scene at Tristan Bates Theatre in The Ball by Chinenye Ezeudu  


About Mumba

Mumba comes from an acting background and has recently turned her attention to directing. After completely the Young Vic Intro to Directing Course she wants to focus on challenging stereotypes, narrative and stories of those who are not usually seen in theatre. As well make sure when these stories are shared and are done with integrity and sensitivity.

Mumba has recently directed Black Ice by Atlanta Green Theatre503, a rehearsed reading of Tales From The Garden by Ameera Conrad at the Tristan Bates Theatre and is the 2019 Bryan Forbes NYT Assistant Director.


This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£30 or more

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Small Ad Space on our flyer

Every night on our flyer we will showcase two shows that you should see. We'll add a small picture and dates for your show.

£15 or more

Special Mention in handout

You will get a special mention on our programme in through the run

£45 or more

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Complimentary Ticket

You will get a complementary ticket to the performance of your choice

£60 or more

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1.5HR Monologue session with Mumba

Mumba will spend an hour and a half with you and help to bring structure, direction and dynamics to your monologue piece for auditions. Mumba has previously sat in auditions for the BA Acting Course at Arts University Bournemouth, has done a directing course at the Young Vic and is the 2019 Bryan Forbes NYT Assistant Director.

£80 or more

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1Hr photography session with Shaquille

Aside from being an actor and writer Shaquille is a photographer. He will provide you with a one hour session of either rehearsal shots (6 Edited Photos) or a headshot session (2 Edited Photos). Please check out his Instagram @st.milo for examples