Black Theatre Live


Research Papers with Kings College

Black Theatre Live's tours are documented, archived and reported in a variety of ways. With Kings College London MA faculty and research students, we have commissioned a series of research papers to track the impact of the Black, Asian Minority Ethnic tours over the long term.



Casting an all-Black Shakespeare in a White theatre world: What can we learn from Black Theatre Live’s all Black production of Hamlet?

There is an underrepresentation of non-White audiences and practitioners in the UK theatre sector. The precariousness of jobs in the theatre sector contributes to keeping in place this situation. Therefore, more should be known about what Black, Asian and Ethnic Minority Theatre practitioners perceive as valuable tools in building their careers. In order to address this, this study explores the case study of Black Theatre Live’s all-Black production of HAMLET through in-depth interviews with the cast and crew. DOWNLOAD THE RESEARCH SUMMARY.

King's College researcher for Hamlet

Camille Steens completed an MA in Arts and Cultural Management at King's College London. Prior to this, she completed a BSC in International Development at Leiden University College in The Hague, the Netherlands



The impact of SHE CALLED ME MOTHER, in particular the role of gender and diverse producers and consideration of the under-representation of women as well as ethnic minorities in content creation for theatre in the UK. DOWNLOAD HERE

King's College researcher for She Called Me Mother

Serrena Jäger studied MA in Culture and Creative Industries at the Department of Culture, Media and Creative Industries, King’s College London. Prior to this, she studied a BA in Sociology and Media from Goethe University, Frankfurt, Germany.



The impact of the outreach marketing programme around THE DIARY OF A HOUNSLOW GIRL, with a focused investigation of audience engagement and dynamics in the UK in the context of diverse theatre production DOWNLOAD HERE. In particular, whether ACE policy to support increased presence of diversity on stage in reference to content as well as actors and casts is perceived positively by a range of diverse and non-diverse audiences and what challenges it presents. A key central focus of this research was the impact of the outreach marketing programme across the diverse range of the Black Theatre Live venue’s target communities.

King's College researcher for The Diary of a Hounslow Girl

Toonika Guha studied an MA in Culture & Creative Industries at the Department of Culture, Media & Creative Industries, King’s College London. Prior to this, she studied a BA in English from Lady Shri Ram College, Delhi, India.



The first research paper commissioned with Kings College (London), is available to DOWNLOAD HERE. The research study paper focusses on the Audience Development impact of MACBETH on tour in seaside towns in Margate and Poole with the Theatre Royal and Lighthouse on the south coast.

King's College researchers for Macbeth.

Helen Pack: currently studying an MA in Cultural and Creative Industries at King’s College London. I have always enjoyed going to the theatre, having seen a range of professional and amateur productions - from plays, Shakespeare and musicals. I graduated from Loughborough in the summer with an Upper Second Class Honours in Communication and Media Studies BSc. During my time at Loughborough I became more actively involved in theatre as part of the Student’s Union’s Shakespeare Society. I co-directed, stage managed and helped out in various other capacities - such as being the Society’s Media Representative. My activities and just general interest in theatre has spurred me to a career in theatre and taking on such an internship. I have also just completed an internship with Fuel Productions Ltd. I am very much looking forward to this internship as I am interested in the effects of theatre and audiences - something I also hope to research as part of my upcoming dissertation.

Ketaki Varma a Masters student of Arts and Cultural Management at King’s College, London. I am a graduate of English Literature from New Delhi, India. I have always been interested in the arts, particularly the performing arts. During my undergraduate years, I was an active member of the college theatre group, the Shakespeare Society, and the English Literary Society. I have been part of the production team of plays such as Macbeth, The Tempest and The Lesson. I have also interned with a theatre company in Mumbai, a publishing house in Delhi, and am trained in Hindustani classical music (vocal). The main attraction of a project like the Black Theatre Live national touring consortium lies in its goal to effect a positive and long-term change for BAME touring theatre in the UK. I wish to be a part of this dynamic enterprise and hope to gain insight into the field of the creative industries.