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20 Feb 2023



Gate Theatre - an idea originated by Tristan Fynn-Aiduenu

A space for Black and Queer actors to come together to play and experiment with the theatrical artform.

As part of the run of Bootycandy, Gate Theatre is hosting the Black Queer Actors' Playground - an idea originated by Tristan Fynn-Aiduenu.

We identify Black as being of Black African, Black Caribbean, African American, Black South American and Indigenous Polynesian, Australian and Melanesian descent. This playground is a space for Black Queer actors of any gender.


Tristan created the Black Queer Actors' Playground in 2020. This session of the playground will be facilitated by malakaï sargeant and will focus on using storytelling as a mode of self exploration and expression.


Tristan Fynn-Aiduenu is the director of Bootycandy, the UK premiere of Robert O’Hara's semi-autobiographical, kaleidoscopic, Black queer fever dream of connected vignettes.


malakaï sargeant (they/them/kaï) is an artist, educator and producer from pre-gentrified Hackney, London. Led by curiosity and care, malakaï works across theatre, literature and live performance, creating and interrogating through an unapologetically Afroqueer lens. As a director and dramaturg, malakaï’s work has been staged at venues including the Royal Court, Theatre Royal Stratford East, Guildhall School of Music & Dance and the National Gallery.


malakaï has worked extensively with young people in community settings and in higher education; co-creating, devising, scripting and facilitating cross-disciplinary work with organisations including UAL, Mountview, Hackney Empire, Unicorn Theatre, Serpentine Gallery and South London Gallery. They co-founded and were Artistic Director of producing theatre company The S+K Project between 2014-19. Aged 21, they were appointed Associate Director at Theatre Peckham, responsible for cultural programming, nurturing young artists and developing new writing.


malakaï now works as Literary Associate for Talawa, Britain’s primary Black-led touring theatre company, and as Senior Producer for Poet in the City, connecting people and places through poetry. They are Co-Creative Director of Afro-diasporic literary arts organisation BORN::FREE and is currently studying for their MA in Black British Literature.


Estimated running time

Performance times


Ticket prices

Pay What You Can, from £5


Full-time students, those aged under 16, senior citizens, the unwaged, members of Equity and BECTU


Theatro Technis is fully wheelchair accessible. Guide dogs and hearing dogs are welcome in the auditorium. There is a Loop system fitted in the main auditorium. If you have any questions or specific requests, please email

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