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Noma Dumezweni and Cush Jumbo take on famous speeches for Almeida project

The Almeida's Figures of Speech project will feature readings by Cush Jumbo, Derek Jacobi, John Heffernan and Noma Dumezweni The Almeida's Figures of Speech project will feature readings by Cush Jumbo, Derek Jacobi, John Heffernan and Noma Dumezweni
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Noma Dumezweni, Cush Jumbo and Russell Tovey will perform some of history’s most significant speeches on film, as part of an ongoing project at the Almeida Theatre.

It is the second installment of the London venue’s digital film project Figures of Speech, which features actors performing speeches made by politicians, activists and philosophers.

Jumbo will read Malcolm X’s controversial 1965 speech, The Language of Violence, in the first film to be released.

The project continues with a new film each week over the next month, with further performances by John Heffernan and Derek Jacobi.

Series one, which launched in May, featured actors including Ian McKellen, Nicola Walker, Lucian Msamati and Ashley Walters.

Figures of Speech is conceived by the theatre’s artistic director Rupert Goold, and directed by Anthony Almeida. It follows on from earlier digital theatre events including day-long readings of The Iliad and The Odyssey.

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