The Actors Centre in London’s West End is partnering Blacktress UK to curate the October-December John Thaw Initiative Season, which will feature work by and about black women.
Blacktress UK, set up in 2017, is a grassroots network and support group for black women actors. Having already hosted several workshops and events over the last year, Blacktress is now curating a whole season in the John Thaw Studio specifically for black and mixed-race women and their shows.
The John Thaw Initiative is a showcase of work-in-progress theatre, and offers opportunities throughout the year for actors and creatives who are forging their own career paths.
Actors and creatives are invited to present innovative, genre-pushing and risk-taking work to the public and industry. Several shows from the previous three seasons have secured future life in the Tristan Bates Theatre and in other venues and festivals including four shows currently at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
Cherrelle Skeete, co-founder of Blacktress UK, said:
“We are so excited to become associates of the Actors Centre, a space that has always championed the creative’s voice. Whenever black women are presented on stage or screen, there is either a lack of visibility or a misrepresentation because the story is rarely told by a black woman.
“Being British black and a woman carries many intersections and often in spaces we are only invited to explore one at a time when each of these intersections affect the other. We have to invite more conversations around intersectionality within our theatre making and that can only happen by including more of those voices.”
Joel Fisher, creative producer of the Actors Centre, adds: “It is so inspiring to work with Shiloh, Cherrelle and the whole of the Blacktress UK team.
“Their vision for the future and passion for change are exactly what we should be championing and I am sure that this season of shows will only be the start of the amazing work these incredible women will do to change the industry”.
Submissions for the Blacktress UK Season close on 17 August 2018.