TBB Talks To… Solange Urdang, Shantelle Rochester and Omar F. Okai


The Black British Theatre Awards were founded by Solange Urdang and Omar F Okai in 2019 to highlight, as well as champion, the recognition, and representation of Black talent in British theatre.

The awards, which are voted almost entirely by the public, feature 26 different categories that span production and performance in plays, musicals, and dance productions, with additional categories including the LGBTQ+ Champion Award, the Disability Champion Award, and Best Teacher of Performing Arts as a Subject Award.

This year’s awards ceremony took place at London’s Young Vic Theatre and will broadcast exclusively on Sky Arts Sunday 25th October at 9pm.

The awards have been produced by Kwame Kwei-Armah & Shantelle Rochester and Directed by Charlie Di Placido and Kojey Radical.

We spoke to Solange, Omar and Shantelle to find out more…