Black Theatre Live

About Us

Black Theatre Live is a pioneering national consortium of 8 regional theatres led by Tara Arts, committed to effecting change nationally for Black, Asian & Minority Ethnic touring theatre through a sustainable 3-year programme of national touring, structural support and audience development.

Black Theatre Live is a partnership of Tara Arts (London), Derby Theatre, Queen's Hall Arts (Hexham), Lighthouse (Poole), Theatre Royal Bury St. EdmundsTheatre Royal Margate, Stratford Circus Arts Centre (London) and Key Theatre (Peterborough).

Black Theatre Live work with emerging and established Black, Asian & Minority Ethnic (BAME) companies and artists across England to commission and tour high quality productions to the consortia theatres over the coming 3 years, up to 2018 initially.

Black Theatre Live will shape a dynamic national programme of mid- and small-scale tours. Its structured audience development and community engagement programmes will include live digital streaming and cinema relay.

The audience development ambition for Black Theatre Live venues include traditional (white) and non-traditional (BAME) to guard against a mentaliity of white audiences over BAME. The theatre's represent rural and urban locations, both white and BAME demographics, market and seaside towns. The 8 consortium venues include a significant range of expertise across small and mid-scale auditoria, producing and receiving houses, arts centres and theatres in England.

We are delighted to receive Arts Council England, Esmee Fairbairn Foundation, John Ellerman Foundation & Ernest Cook Trust support to transform the national landscape of Black & Asian touring theatre in the coming years.