21 February 2018
In the dialogue, In-Sook Chappell uses a host familiar and unfamiliar words and phrases to pepper the language and dialect of the characters, with some brilliant comic and dramatic effect. We’ve put together a short glossary for Mountains: The Dreams of Lily Kwok to help along your understanding.
14 February 2018
For the Black Theatre Live, Yellow Earth and Royal Exchange Theatre national tour of Mountains: The Dreams of Lily Kwok we interviewed the shows Director, Jennifer Tang.
6 February 2018
In advance of the Black Theatre Live, Yellow Earth and Royal Exchange Theatre national tour in spring 2018, we've interviewed In-Sook Chappell writer of Mountains: The Dreams of Lily Kwok
16 November 2017
Black Theatre Live with our venue partner, Lightouse in Poole is excited to be piloting a new Associate Artist model with Phoebe McIntosh.
13 November 2017
6 November 2017
Hermione McNamara, age 17, from the Queen Elizabeth High School in Hexham, reviewed Big Foot while it was on national tour to the Black Theatre Live consortium venue partner Queen's Hall Arts in Northumberland.
Hermione said: I’ve always loved going to the theatre and fully admire the actors as it’s something I could never do, but in recent years I never had the time with working and forgot. In 2016, I took my Gold Arts Award and as part of my volunteering began to review. I’ve since passed my Arts Award but still enjoy attending and reviewing as many shows as possible.
27 September 2017
20 September 2017
7 touring theatre productions, 8 consortium venues and many partners later and Black Theatre Live (BTL) will be coming to the end of its’ first phase in 2018; a 3-year programme of national touring, structural support and audience development.
19 September 2017
We had a chat with writer and performer Joseph Barnes-Phillips about the ideas behind his new touring show Big Foot.
14 September 2017
Read Michael O’Brien-Britton’s charming interview with Joseph Barnes-Philips about writing Big Foot. The Black Theatre Live, HighRise Theatre and Stratford Circus Arts Centre’s autumn tour in 2017.
22 March 2017
Cathy Tyson talks about her inspiring experience of touring She Called Me Mother with Black Theatre Live and the company she co-founded with Michelle Inniss and Cara Nolan, Pitchlake Productions.
18 March 2017
As he prepares to step down as Executive Producer for Tara Arts, Jonathan Kennedy looks back over the steps of his career so far. Blog first featured in Arts Professional, March 2017.
27 October 2016
Actor Raphael Sowole tells us about playing the title role in Shakespeare's greatest Tragedy.
27 October 2016
Offue Okegbe who plays Horatio in Black Theatre Live's upcoming adaptation of Hamlet tells us about growing up in Stratford.
20 October 2016
Legendary actor Jeffery Kissoon talks to us about Shakespeare and directing Britain's first all-black cast of Hamlet for the Black Theatre Live consortium..
14 October 2016
Blog commissioned by What's on Stage. National tour Black Theatre Live in association with Watford Palace Theatre & Stratford Circus Arts Centre. Mark Norfolk the writer of Britain's first production of Hamlet with an all-black cast and creative team talks about 'serving Shakespeare's text as much as possible', and working with director Jeffery Kissoon
13 October 2016
Butterflies from Open Clasp Theatre Company, Cartina McHugh artistic director.
17 August 2016
This project started life as part of the Outreach Programme for the Black Theatre Live tour of She Called Me Mother by Michelle Innis and starring Cathy Tyson. Lucinda Meredith (Artistic Associate for Engagement), Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds approached the Women's Refuge asking: “What can we do for you?”
27 June 2016
Filmed in partnership between the Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds and YMCA Suffolk.
19 June 2016
*This was a guest post from Jonathan Kennedy, Executive Director of Tara Arts for Spektrix's blog*
3 May 2016
When Jonathan first asked me if Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds wanted to be part of Black Theatre Live, I had no hesitation in saying yes and was really clear as to why we should be part of such an innovative touring project.
29 February 2016
By Hardish Virk
Engaging and sustaining new audiences is more than just going to see a play as it’s about a process: from print engagement to venue experience. Nothing happens in isolation and the whole experience can have an impact on the audiences’ decision to return.
16 December 2015
Firstly, I’ll introduce myself, I’m Emma and I recently started as Marketing Manager for Tara Arts. Previously to this I was Marketing Manager for the rather lovely Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds, one of the 8 consortium venues for Black Theatre Live.
1 December 2015
Black Theatre Live aims to effect a long-term transformation for Black and Asian theatre through national touring, audience and sector development. This is the driving ambition of the Black Theatre Live consortium.
18 November 2015
Amanda Gould, the Engagement & Development Manager at Queens Hall Arts Centre, Hexham shares the story about the exciting outreach work for young people done around the Tara Arts' national tour of Macbeth in spring 2015.
29 October 2015
I received an email from Cathy Tyson in December 2014 saying, what do you think of this? The email was an application of interest to Black Theatre Live. She was surprised when I said, yes, let’s go for it! Well, why not? What did we have to lose?
Cathy Tyson talks about creating She Called Me Mother to tour with Pitch Lake Productions & Black Theatre Live
16 October 2015
Cathy Tyson is a BAFTA and Golden Globe nominated actress with over three decades of experience in the creative industries. She is known for her roles in film television and theatre. She began her career at the Liverpool Everyman at the age of 17 before joining the RSC in 1984. She is best known for her role in Mona Lisa (1986) alongside Bob Hoskins. Cathy will be playing the protagonist Evangeline in She Called Me Mother on national tour, Oct - Nov 2015
14 May 2015
Lizzie Watts (Outreach Worker, Key Theatre) reports on her experience of Black Theatre Live participation for the tour of Macbeth in Peterborough..
16 April 2015
One of the objectives of Black Theatre Live (BTL) is to develop new audiences for a range of venues across the UK.
17 February 2015
DIRECTOR’S NOTE ON STAGING MACBETH
Overweening ambition, jealousy, murder even, are as common in families as they are in the corridors of power. There’s hardly been a noble or low-born family in world history immune to the lure of ambition.
16 January 2015
Soon after arriving to the Black Theatre Live launch at Derby Theatre, I was suddenly surrounded by so many new faces; all these people with different roles and all sorts of specialties and tasks. It felt like witnessing a start of a huge road works project with all the heavy machinery and workforce lining the road.
14 January 2015
Last week I started my new job as a Tour Manager for the Black Theatre Live. One of the first tasks I was asked to do was to start a blog about the project and its last week’s launch at Derby Theatre. Haven’t blogged before, so I’ll stick to logic and try to explain, in my own words, what this project is and what makes me excited about it.