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Tamsin Kayembe
TAMSIN KAYEMBE
Lyricist-in-Residence
A respected Poet/MC, Tamsin (23) grew up in Deptford. She joined Second Wave when she was 13, and became an Arts Apprentice in 2006. She wrote and performed in Second Wave’s production What Does it Take at the Albany Theatre, and joined the writing team for Swagga in 2009.
She has recently been commissioned to write a new lyrical play for Second Wave about young women. A regular host for the Breakout Club at The Midi Music Company, Tamsin has contributed to research for Risin’ from the Dust – a new film about the history of UK Grime and Garage Music by OOR Productions in association with young people from The Midi Music Company and The Albany. Now working on her first album, new tracks can be heard on
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Swagga August 2009



Envy is everywhere and the streets are cold. Lucas’ street team brings in the money but business partner, Jay, gets all the swagga. So Lucas has a plan. Betray his friend, take the business and blame someone else...

‘To reach the top spot you gotta cross the line’

Set in South East London, SWAGGA reflects a youthful world of posturing and dark humour. Against a visual backdrop inspired by Richard III, comic book heroes and graphic novels, the themes are played out to the beat of an original hip hop soundtrack and the rhythm of street dance. Devised by a team of young writers, MCs, actors, lyricists and dancers, SWAGGA is part of the SWAGGA Partnership Project, a creative project aimed at tackling the risks faced by young people at a time when gang crime and street violence is on the increase.


Created and performed by a team of young lyricists, dancers, writers, singers and actors
Photography by Martin Burton and Sarah Ainslee.

“It showed how young people take advantage and it was realistic.”
Audience member, age 15

“Swagga is about being in control or not in control...how in the end your decisions come down to you.” Audience member, age 16

“A brilliant performance” Geeta Subramaniam, Head of Crime Reduction Service

“Swagga was incredible...a professional and well-written piece. I was blown away with the talent and enthusiasm of the young people involved.”
Dr Rebekah Delsol, Open Society Justice Initiative


Click here for more about the SWAGGA Partnership Project
The Movement
Talmud Bah space Associate Director Talmud Bah has been leading the MOVEMENT project over the past year. Talmud headed up the script team for SWAGGA, which included Logic and Theo Williams. Swagga previewed in August 2009 at 2Wave’s studio.

"We offer creative opportunities for young men (16-19 years) and begin with young people’s experiences. The high levels of gang culture have led young men to explore safety, friendship and identity. Most young men are not in gangs, but find themselves drawn in or become victims. The Movement provided space for them to explore their anxieties, support each other and find possible solutions.
“The premise of our new play, Swagga, is about self-value, perception and trust. Inspiration has also come from Shakespeare’s Richard III, comic book heroes and graphic novels. The plot looks at how older gang members manipulate the ‘youngers’, targeting the most vulnerable. Our programme also offers artistic challenges, e.g. introducing Capoeira and Physical Theatre into rehearsals.”

Reaching Out    
Creston

18 year old Creston joined 2Wave when he was 13 along with his twin brother Sherdon. A member of 2Wave’s Outreach Team, he also supports drama workshops with young people.
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Wave’s Creative Outreach Team have been travelling to different London boroughs taking drama workshops to Croydon, Kensingston & Chelsea, and South Lewisham, exploring safety and relationships with the police and young people.
The workshops are being delivered in partnership with local Police officers, TSG4, the youth service and youth offending teams in each borough.
Inspired by this approach, Creston Hamilton decided to take his research on Swagga to his college in Bromley.

"I set up a debate with the support of a tutor, Ayo and friend, Jamar. They agreed because swagga is a big issue. Everyone thinks it’s about looks. I wanted to show what people think and get people talking. One girl said, ‘someone who can buy me a Benz’, and another said, ‘it’s about carrying yourself with respect’.
“The debate opened up people’s minds and afterwards we saw each other as one. Everyone has their own personal swagga – it’s about how society, and how you, bring that out."

 
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Swagga cast list
Download the cast & credits list here.
(Adobe Acrobat Reader required, which can be downloaded free here)

Talmud Bah
TALMUD BAH
Associate Director
A practitioner specialising in urban dance, hip hop and martial arts, Talmud has worked with the creative team at Second Wave over the last ten years and developed an innovative approach to work with marginalised young men. Joining Second Wave at 22, Talmud has progressed within the organisation and collaborated on many productions including What Does it Take? (Albany) and Urban Tales (George Wood Theatre). He has also worked for Laban Dance Centre and The Royal National Theatre and performed at Lillian Baylis Theatre and Royal Festival Hall.
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