Michael Buffong

30th November 2017

Michael Buffong. Photo by Anneka Morley
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INTERVIEW: MICHAEL BUFFONG. Talawa Theatre’s artistic director tells Matt Trueman about the 30-year history of Britain’s first all-black theatre company, and why it still has to be all things to all people. Looking ahead to Talawa’s new staging of Frank Loesser’s musical Guys and Dolls, relocated up Broadway to Harlem, he discusses the importance of black actors and artists occupying mainstream spaces. Recorded at the Manchester Royal Exchange on 8th November 2017.

There’s a myth that black work doesn’t sell. We hear that argument: ‘If you’re going to do a black play, it’s a risk.’ That’s outrageous in 2017.