That Black Theatre Podcast
- National Theatre
“This podcast started as a way to share what I have learnt about black British theatre with as many people as I could. I never learnt about black theatre in school, so this podcast is a celebration of black British theatre and the stories I have found in the archive. Through a mix of history, interviews, and casual discussion, I hope to show that black theatre is for everyone.”
PhD Student Nadine Deller will delve into the Black Plays Archive, to celebrate the leaders of Black British theatre in the context of the socio-political events that have influenced their work. She'll speak in conversation with her sister, Nadia, and guests. Beginning with the earliest black theatre practitioners Una Marson and Errol John, the podcast will discuss the works of these trailblazers and the writers who followed, Mustapha Matura and Alfred Fagon, who wrote against the backdrop of the Civil Rights and Black Power movements both in Britain and America. The barriers faced by black women playwrights will be discussed with the leading academic, Lynette Goddard. The plays of Valerie Mason-John and Jackie Kay will be looked at in relation to the under representation of black queer and lesbian experiences on stage. Nadine Deller will conclude the series with an episode dedicated to Winsome Pinnock, conversations about debbie tucker green and Roy Williams, as well as discussions with lead theatre makers both looking to the past of Black British theatre and to the future, including Jasmine Lee-Jones, Mojisola Adebayo and Ola Ince.