Fresh from his critically acclaimed portrayal of Kwame in Michaela Coel’s breathtaking and explosive, I May Destroy You, Paapa Essiedu joins The Actors Centre MEETS line-up on 11 August.
In addition to I May Destroy You — hailed as “the best drama of the year” — 2020 has also seen Paapa starring as Alex Dumani in Sky Atlantic’s Gangs of London, alongside recent The Actors Centre MEETS guest, Ṣọpẹ́ Dìrísù. He is also set to feature in 846; a new audio play produced by Theatre Royal Stratford East in response to the killing of George Floyd.
Paapa’s television credits also span Black Earth Rising, The Miniaturist, Press and Kiri, with some of his most notable on-stage performances including the titular role in Hamlet and Edmund in King Lear for the Royal Shakespeare Company — winning an Ian Charleson Award for both performances. In the RSC’s 2016 production of Hamlet, which transposes the action from Elsinore to a post-colonial African state, Paapa made his history as the first black actor to be cast as the prince in an RSC production, winning praise as one “one of the most captivating Hamlets of the decade,” with critics proclaiming “a star is born.”
An accomplished star of stage and screen, Paapa is also a founder of Invertigo, an award-winning theatre company which promotes neglected literary voices, theatre in different languages, and produces inventive new writing.
Join Paapa Essiedu as he chats to actor and The Actors Centre Trustee Ann Akin about what it means to be a part of the biggest show of the year, plus discusses what the future may hold, as part of The Actors Centre MEETS on 11 August.
Member tickets are £5 and non-member tickets are £8.
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