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Shingai Shoniwa
& Dan Smith
Angie Le Mar
Trish Cooke
J B Rose

Angie Le Mar
Writer and broadcaster Angie Le Mar: "First Black Woman of Comedy"

Do You Know
Angie Le Mar's show

Trish Cooke
Author, writer and actress Trish Cooke

Aladdin – co-authored by Trish Cooke

So Much
Award-winning children's book by Trish Cooke

JB Rose
J B Rose
Wave At Large
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New 2Wave Patrons:
Shingai Shoniwa & Dan Smith (The Noisettes)

Shingai in 1999Shingai in 2008
  Shingai Shoniwa arrived in London from Zimbabwe when she was 11 and joined Second Wave when she was 12.
"My experiences led me to Second Wave. I'm so pleased to be a patron because I know how important a place like Second Wave is. It gave me the freedom to be myself."
Co-band member, Dan Smith was also a Second Waver and joined at 17. Later as Associate Artists they created the musical
Harmony in Harlem, produced by Second Wave in 2003 (see WAVE SHOWS).
Shingai says "I gained confidence at Wave as well as support, laughter, and constructive criticism! That's where I honed my craft. It also gave me a stage. All those performances mean I can perform anywhere! My advice to young artists is to keep your head high. And don't be afraid to make the most of your uniqueness... because that's your ticket!"
Trustee, Natasha Matthews, says "We support young artists so they can build their careers. We're proud of Shingai and Dan and welcome their involvement."
Left, Shingai performing at Second Wave in 1999 and 2003.

Second Wave writers fill British venues

First Black Woman of Comedy
Do You Know Where Your Daughter Is?’, written and produced by Angie Le Mar, packed out the Hackney Empire in 2008 and the Albany in November 2009.
Angie started her early career as a young performer at Second Wave and from the age of 16 she developed her skills as a young writer/performer and comedienne. At 18 the success of A Slice of Life produced by Second Wave in 1987, took Angie on a sell out tour in London and Amsterdam (published in Dead Proud, LIVE WIRE, Women’s Press, 1987). Angie went on to create a sell out sketch show Funny Black Women on the Edge performed at the Edinburgh Festival in 1994, followed by success with a run at Theatre Royal Stratford East (1995).
Angie’s TV work has included BBC's The Real McCoy, and Get Up, Stand Up for Channel 4,and acting in The Vagina Monologues (2002). Her current radio show for Choice FM, The Ladies Room, runs twice a week in a prime evening slot. In 2001, she launched her own production company, Straight To Audience, to create new work to serve a growing international market for vibrant black entertainment.

Co-author of Aladdin at Stratford East Theatre, 28 Nov 2009 –16 Jan 2010
Author, scriptwriter and actress Trish Cooke first joined Second Wave when she was 21. Scenes from Backstreet Mammy and No Place Like Home were staged by Second Wave at the Albany 1987, and later published in Second Wave’s anthology Dead Proud (LIVEWIRE, 1987). Second Wave went on to offer Trish a Writer’s Residency and Commission supported by the Arts Council. At the end of the residency Trish’s first full-length play, Running Dream was produced by Second Wave at the Albany in 1989. Running Dream went on to be given a main stage production at Stratford East (1993), and Backstreet Mammy was produced by Temba at the Lyric Theatre (1989) and West Yorkshire Playhouse (1991).
Since then, Trish’s writing career has brought her awards for her children’s books (So Much won the Kurt Maschler Award, She/WH Smith and Smarties Under 5’s Book Prize), and success in radio (credits include Luv Dancin’, Single Plus One and Those Old Metal Things). As well as gaining work as a presenter and scriptwriter on the hit pre-school BBC programme Playdays (BBC), Trish’s TV writing credits include BBC’s EastEnders and CBBC’s Tweenies.
King of the Castle, written and produced by JB Rose currently opening at the Albany in Dec 2009.
JB Rose joined Second Wave at the age of 15, developing her talents as a young writer/performer and singer/songwriter. At 17, following the success of A Slice of Life produced by Second Wave in 1987, which she co-devised, as well as developing her career as a singer/song writer, JB went on to train with the company as Drama and Vocals Tutor. In 1996, she was commissioned to write her first play Darker the Berry produced by Second Wave at the Albany in 1996 (published in Young Blood, Aurora Metro, 1999). JB went on to become Associate Director at Second Wave and wrote Syreena’s Song (1999) starring Dionne Mitchell, now performing in King of the Castle). JB has been commissioned by BBC TV, Half Moon, and Immediate Theatre. In 2004 she set up Tell Tarra, a company to support the work of Black Playwrights. She is currently working on a new commission for Second Wave.

Dan, Jamie & Talmud
Noisettes Dan & Jamie with Talmud, who remembered when Shingai had just started learning guitar

shingai, abigail
Shingai with Denise & Abigail (Wave trustees)

Dan in 2008
Dan Smith rehearsing for Harmony in Harlem at Second Wave in 2003

Dan in 2008
Dan at Second Wave in 2003

Shingai rehearsing for Harmony in Harlem at Second Wave in 2003

Ade & Shingai
Shingai with Ade Ogundare-Ali

Ann, Shingai & Cheryl
Shingai with Ann Considine (Director) and Cheryl Brown (Trustee)
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