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ADF Talks Brexit

21 July 2016

Artistic Directors of the Future (ADF) - Talks Brexit

Friday 29 July 2016, 5-10pm - Theatre Royal Stratford East (Gerry's Studio)


Monday 1 August 2016, 2.00 - 10pm - National Theatre (Cottlesloe and Duffield Studio)


What does Brexit mean to BAME Londoners? What does it mean to BAME artists in London? It scares us, but it won't stop us. The politicians have spoken, now let the artists respond.

Artistic Directors of the Future (ADF) present ADF Talks Brexit an artistic response to the recent controversial EU referendum results. This two day event will feature new writing by the brightest of today’s BAME talent, directed by resident ADF directors, panel discussions with artistic and academic leaders, film screenings as well as an exhibition, all ultimately asking: Brexit Britain: Where do we go from here?

With a sudden and alarming spike in racially motivated crime across the UK, threats to cut art from mainstream education and the global message that only a limited few are ‘welcome’, we aim to provide a platform to the many unheard and silenced voices. To shed a light on how issues such as these have impacted those who understand, live and work in these communities and most importantly, what can be done to resolve these issues.  

Staged in two contrasting yet dynamic parts of the city, both with a rich theatrical and cultural legacy, we will investigate the question from two different perspectives. The event will open at Theatre Royal Stratford East exploring Brexit Britain and the Community, with a verbatim scratch performance inspired by real post-Brexit stories followed by an event at National Theatre, Brexit and the Arts which will feature performances by BAME writers and panel discussions. ADF hopes that by providing a safe space for many voices to be heard, it will empower others to engage in the discussion and encourage a collaborative approach to change.


About ADF

Artistic Directors of the Future is the UK’s first organisation dedicated to creating change at leadership level in mainstream theatres. We work with a wide range of culturally diverse directors at varying levels of experience to inspire, prepare, support and empower the next generation of artistic leaders giving them the leverage they need to progress to the next step. By working in collaboration with the theatre industry, academia and numerous leading producing theatres located nationally and internationally, we deliver a bespoke development programme, generate access to positions of authority and cultivate artistic opportunities.



ADF Talks Brexit

Brexit Britain and the Community. Friday 29 July 2016. Theatre Royal Stratford East.Gerry Raffles Square, London E15 1BN.

5.00pm - 10.00pm I An evening of short film screenings, panel discussions and a verbatim performance inspired by real post-Brexit stories. £5 entry.

To book tickets for Brexit Britain and the Community, please click here


Brexit Britain and the Arts. Monday 1 August 2016. National Theatre,  Upper Ground, London SE1 9PX

2.00pm – 10.00pm | A full day of panel discussions, film screenings, installation art and live performances. £5 entry.

To book tickets for Brexit Britain and the Arts, please click here