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Brewster, Yvonne

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Yvonne Brewster was born in Jamaica in 1938. She set up Jamaica’s first professional theatre company at the Barn Theatre Kingston, and also co-founded the Talawa Theatre Company in the UK, in 1985.

Brewster on her childhood in Jamaica, training at Rose Bruford and her subsequent career, as well as the difficulties of getting work as a black actress and the experiences of her contemporaries.
Pip Simmons set up his own experimental company in 1968. It made intense, physical and musical work through collective devising. The group split up in 1973, and Simmons increasingly worked abroad.

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