TBB Talks to … British Black Artistic Directors of Theatre


Since lockdown, the Creative Arts across screen, stage, literature, and sound has had to completely rethink how it continues to make content whilst keeping safe.

Along with being conscious of how to engage an audience overwhelmed with the availability of online content across a number of platforms whilst during & Post lockdown with restrictions and social distancing guidelines affecting the usual ‘real-world’ entertainment venues.

Theatre because of its dependency on the physical attendance of its audiences has suffered the most during this time.

In May of this year, 60 Black & Asian Artistic Directors sent an open letter to the Government citing the perils lockdown/COVID-19 has had on the Theatre industry and even more so how it will disproportionately affect Theatre creatives from marginalised groups.

The British Blacklist brought together British Black ADs to share their thoughts on how Black Theatre progresses and pivots to survive this crisis …

Thank you to

  • Michael Buffong – Artistic Director of Talawa (Talawa Theatre Company)
  • Lynette Linton – Artistic Director at The Bush Theatre
  • Kwame Kwei-Armah – Artistic Director of Young Vic Theatre
  • Gbolahan Obisesan – Artistic Director of Brixton House
  • And … Selina Thompson – Artistic Director of SLT Ltd

Also to TBB’s theatre columnist Hannah Shury-Smith

This discussion is also available to watch via The British Blacklist on YouTube