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    Black Essex & Here with actor and writer Danielle Kassaraté: Essex Writers House

    June 26, 2023 @ 10:00 am - June 27, 2023 @ 4:00 pm


    An opportunity for Black students, graduates or school-leavers of Essex, aged 16 – 18 years old.

    Mon 26 and Tues 27 June 

    10am – 4pm at Metal on both days.

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    A two day workshop at Essex Writers House with actor and writer Danielle Kassaraté. This is an opportunity for Black students, graduates or school-leavers of Essex, aged 16 – 18 years old.  

    These sessions will be a safe space to explore and share brand new conversations, find new friendships, challenge, discuss and celebrate the identity of Black Essex.  

    If you have an interest in a creative subject or any form of self expression, we’d love to welcome you to this workshop. Work with Danielle and her creative guests, learn about the life of an actor/writer and meet fellow Black students and graduates who live or study in Essex! 

    By taking part, you will be supporting Danielle in researching and writing her first full-length play, which will be set in an Essex secondary school.


    • This is an opportunity for Black students, graduates or school-leavers of Essex, aged 16 – 18 years old.  
    • 12 x spaces available. 
    • All attendees who join us for both sessions will be paid £50 to support their own creative practice, fund new interests from these sessions and/or travel costs. 
    • We will provide lunch on both days, free of charge. Metal has a strong connection to food. We love to cook and host groups in our building! Once you have booked a free ticket, we will email to ask you about any dietary requirements or allergies. 
    • If you need evidence from Metal for your teacher, parent or employer to request two days ‘off timetable’, please contact us for a formal letter and paperwork which will support your attendance. Email chalkwell@ metalculture.com or call 01702 470 700. 
    • All genders are welcome, and we will do our very best to accommodate any access needs. When we contact you to confirm your place, we welcome any additional information which will help us to welcome you to these sessions.

    About Danielle 

    Danielle Kassaraté is an actor, director & theatre practitioner born & raised in Dagenham, Essex. After training at Royal Central School of Speech & Drama (Applied Theatre & Education), Danielle worked as a Project Leader & youth theatre director for Haringey Shed, an inclusive theatre company & working with young people from disadvantaged backgrounds. 

    Danielle’s main focus as a writer is currently Black women & identity. She was shortlisted for the Royal Court Writers Group & has published a monologue with Team Angelica Tales, with both pieces exploring these themes. As a director Danielle has been awarded the Regional Young Theatre Directors’ Scheme & assisted on All My Sons at Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch. She is currently an Associate Director & Head of Talent Development at Queen’s, supporting & identifying emerging local artists. 

    Danielle is co-founder of Mawa Theatre Company (the UK’s first all-Black all Female Shakespeare Company) and is the founder and artistic director of  X-Bag (an all-black led, London based play reading group). 

    Her acting credits include international tours with the National Theatre, as well as productions with The Young Vic, Leicester Curve, Birmingham Rep, Mercury Theatre, The Royal Exchange Theatre & Theatre Clwyd. Danielle recently gained my first television credit with Netflix / Warner Bros. 


    June 26, 2023 @ 10:00 am
    June 27, 2023 @ 4:00 pm
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    Metal Southend
    01702 470 700
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    Metal Southend
    Chalkwell Hall, Chalkwell Avenue
    Southend on Sea, Essex SS08NB United Kingdom
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