Anthony Maddalena

anthony maddalena playwright black spartacus

Anthony wrote his first play Pill Head at the age of 15, a cautionary tale about a teenage drug abuser, coming runner up at the Royal Court Theatre Young Writer’s Festival.

In 1998 he co-founded multi-cultural Hungry Lion Theatre Company with actor-director Kenneth W. Caravan and co-wrote and staged This Island’s Mine! at the Africa Centre, Covent Garden, London. The play tells the story of a Jamaican family fleeing the violent Kingston elections of 1976 to stay with an eccentric relative in the countryside where a series of startling revelations occur! With a cast of 16 it was one of the largest multicultural plays ever to be staged in London.

This Island’s Mine! received positive reviews with one critic from The Stage Newspaper referring to “the rich gallery of earthy believable characters.”

Hungry Lion has since ventured into film production and has two supernatural dramas, a short film Stolen Karma and feature film The Cuckoo Man of Leicester Square currently in development.

After being commissioned by Thee Black Swan Theatre Company to write Black Spartacus in 2007 Anthony was awarded Script Development Funding from Arts Council England to research and write the play originally for the stage in celebration of the Bicentenary of the Abolition of Slavery.

Black Spartacus has since been adapted into a four part mini-series for radio and as well as being Anthony’s first audio play is also  his first play to be aired with The Wireless Theatre Company.

He hopes that interest in the radio version of Black Spartacus will assist Thee Black Swan with its goal of mounting a theatre production of the play.

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