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Unfinished Histories: Susan Croft introduces Re-Staging Revolutions

INTERVIEW: SUSAN CROFT The writer and historian talks to Aleks Sierz about Re-Staging Revolutions, an exhibition — with talks and other events — about alternative theatre in the London boroughs of Lambeth and Camden, which is now at Ovalhouse in south London and moves north of the river in the new year. She also updates him about Unfinished Histories.

Harlem Shakespeare Festival director Debra Ann Byrd discusses black theatre

BLACK VOICES: DEBRA ANN BYRD The founder, producer and director of the inaugural Harlem Shakespeare Festival, whose programme features Antony and Cleopatra, talks to Suman Bhuchar on a recent visit to the UK to be part of the British Black and Asian Shakespeare Symposium at Warwick University.

Professor Tony Howard investigates Multicultural Shakespeare

INTERVIEW: TONY HOWARD The University of Warwick professor talks to Suman Bhuchar about Multicultural Shakespeare, a major AHRC-funded project to record the contribution of Black and Asian artists to the development of Shakespearean performance in the UK.

Hip hop and poetry: Inua Ellams discusses Knight Watch

BLACK VOICES: INUA ELLAMS The acclaimed writer and spoken-word performer tells Sophie Reynolds about Knight Watch, a outdoor performance piece that takes in music, poetry and storytelling, and that tackles issues about global warming, gang warfare, art and love. Knight Watch is currently touring in London, produced by Fuel.

Director Michael Buffong outlines his vision for Talawa

BLACK VOICES: MICHAEL BUFFONG The new artistic director of Talawa, Britain’s leading black theatre company, talks to Aleks Sierz about his vision for the company, its opening programme of Talawa Firsts and Hotspots, as well as introducing some upcoming new plays.

Three British-Nigerian playwrights discuss their latest work

BLACK VOICES: BOLA AGBAJE, JANICE OKOH and ADE SOLANKE Three British-Nigerian playwrights talk to Aleks Sierz about their latest plays — Belong (Royal Court/Tiata Fahodzi), Egusi Soup (Soho) and Pandora’s Box (Arcola) — and how their work tells stories that are new to most audiences.

Talawa celebrates 25 years of black theatre at the V&A

4 October 2011

in Black Voices, Directors, New Writing

BLACK VOICES: PAT CUMPER The artistic director of Talawa tells Carole Woddis about the company’s 25-year history and its current production of The Colored Museum (1986), George C Wolfe’s groundbreaking savage satire on 200 years of African-American history, which is revived in an apt setting at the V&A museum, and about the first black British Waiting for Godot.

Professor Colin Chambers explores the history of black and Asian theatre (2/2)

12 August 2011

in Asian Voices, Black Voices, Books

INTERVIEW: COLIN CHAMBERS (2/2) The professor of drama at Kingston University, and former journalist and literary manager of the RSC, talks to Suman Bhuchar about the long and previously obscure history of African, Asian and Caribbean diasporic practitioners as recounted in his new book, Black and Asian Theatre in Britain (Routledge).

Professor Colin Chambers explores the history of black and Asian theatre (1/2)

12 August 2011

in Asian Voices, Black Voices, Books

INTERVIEW: COLIN CHAMBERS (1/2) The professor of drama at Kingston University, and former journalist and literary manager of the RSC, talks to Suman Bhuchar about the long and previously obscure history of African, Asian and Caribbean diasporic practitioners as recounted in his new book, Black and Asian Theatre in Britain (Routledge).

Dan Barnard and Rachel Briscoe direct Lydia Adetunji’s Fixer

INTERVIEW: DAN BARNARD and RACHEL BRISCOE The co-directors of Lydia Adetunji’s new play, Fixer, which is currently on at the Oval House Theatre in south London, take Aleks Sierz on a journey into its dark tale of oil company PRs, inquisitive journalists and militant rebels, set in northern Nigeria. Briscoe is also, with Rebecca Atkinson-Lord, co-director of the venue, and she outlines its future.

Aleks Sierz discusses his new book: Rewriting the Nation

17 March 2011

in Books, Playwrights, Theatre People

NEW WRITING SPECIAL Philip Fisher talks to critic and theatreVOICE co-editor Aleks Sierz about his new book, Rewriting the Nation: British Theatre Today (Methuen Drama), the legacy of 1990s in-yer-face theatre and the ups and downs of new writing in the UK during the past decade.

Actor Lucian Msamati on Clybourne Park

INTERVIEW: LUCIAN MSAMATI The actor, director and writer chats to Carole Woddis about his role in Bruce Norris’s Clybourne Park (Wyndhams), a satirical drama about race in Chicago which has just transferred to the West End from the Royal Court. He also talks about theatre in Zimbabwe, where he grew up, and his role as artistic director of Tiata Fahodzi.

Latest play from EastEnders star Arinze Kene

11 January 2011

in Black Voices, London Fringe, Playwrights

INTERVIEW: ARINZE KENE The playwright talks to Amardeep Sohi about his latest play, Suffocation, currently at the Oval House Theatre, and about his previous hit, Estate Walls, as well as about his parallel careers as an EastEnders actor, playing Connor Stanley, and a director. Recorded at the Oval House Theatre, London.

Debate – what will the cuts mean for diversity in theatre? (2/2)

COALITION CUTS SPECIAL (2/2) Steven Luckie asks what the arts funding cuts might mean for black, Asian and other diverse theatrical cultures in the UK. His guests – Deborah Bestwick (Oval House Theatre), Patricia Cumper (Talawa), Tyrone Huggins (Sustained Theatre), and Jatinder Verma (Tara Arts) – continue by looking at the future of training and education.

Debate – what will the cuts mean for diversity in theatre? (1/2)

COALITION CUTS SPECIAL (1/2) Steven Luckie asks what the arts funding cuts might mean for black, Asian and other diverse theatrical cultures in the UK. His guests – Deborah Bestwick (Oval House Theatre), Patricia Cumper (Talawa), Tyrone Huggins (Sustained Theatre), and Jatinder Verma (Tara Arts) – begin by looking at the effects of funding reductions.

Femi Elufowoju Jr on his all-female Blue/Orange

26 October 2010

in Black Voices, Directors

BLACK VOICES: FEMI ELUFOWOJU Jr The Artistic Director of Tiata Fahodzi theatre company talks to Amardeep Sohi about his radical, all-female revival of Joe Penhall’s 2000 hit, Blue/Orange, currently running at the Arcola Theatre, London. Recorded at Tiata Fahodzi.

David Lan on August Wilson, and the Young Vic

INTERVIEW: DAVID LAN The Artistic Director of the Young Vic talks to Philip Fisher about reviving legendary American playwright August Wilson’s Joe Turner’s Come and Gone (1984), which is currently at this venue, as well as about his career, and the mission and future of the Young Vic. Recorded at the Young Vic.

Oladipo Agboluaje defends black British theatre

BLACK VOICES: OLADIPO AGBOLUAJE The playwright, whose play Iya-Ile (The First Wife) won the 2009 Alfred Fagon Award and was nominated for an Olivier Award this year, talks to Steven Luckie about current work, and responds to recent newspaper criticism about the ‘ghetto mentality’ in Black British theatre.

Actor Bhasker Patel on Nation and the National

ASIAN VOICES: BHASKER PATEL The actor, who is currently playing Mau’s father in Mark Ravenhill’s adaptation of Terry Pratchett’s Nation (National), talks to Suman Bhuchar about this play, and about his 30 years in the business, which started at this flagship theatre in the 1970s and includes film and television classics. Recorded at the National.

Decibel: the pioneering Benji Reid

INTERVIEW: BENJI REID As part of Steven Luckie’s Black Voices special, recorded at the 2009 Decibel showcase in Manchester, acclaimed cross-arts performer Benji Reid explains how he got into physical theatre and discusses key projects, including his attempt to stage A Clockwork Orange at the National Theatre.

Decibel: Sustained Theatre Oscar Watson

17 September 2009

in Black Voices, Directors

INTERVIEW: OSCAR WATSON Continuing his Black Voices special, recorded at the 2009 Decibel showcase in Manchester, Steven Luckie talks to Oscar Watson about the Sustained Theatre network, aimed at ‘keeping issues relating to Black, Asian and minority ethnic theatre artists and practitioners alive and in the national debate’.

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