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Cathy Tyson actor and producer at Pitchlake Productions

Cathy Tyson actor and producer at Pitchlake Productions

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.

Job Ladder - Jonathan Kennedy

Job Ladder - Jonathan Kennedy

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.

Raphael Sowole on playing Hamlet in Black Theatre Live's national tour

Raphael Sowole on playing Hamlet in Black Theatre Live's national tour

27 October 2016

Actor Raphael Sowole tells us about playing the title role in Shakespeare's greatest Tragedy.

Offue Okegbe on going to school in Stratford

Offue Okegbe on going to school in Stratford

27 October 2016

Offue Okegbe who plays Horatio in Black Theatre Live's upcoming adaptation of Hamlet tells us about growing up in Stratford.

Jeffery Kissoon on Directing Hamlet

Jeffery Kissoon on Directing Hamlet

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..

Mark Norfolk: It took 3 years to create all-black Hamlet

Mark Norfolk: It took 3 years to create all-black Hamlet

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

Black Theatre Live & Queen's hall Arts seed commission

Black Theatre Live & Queen's hall Arts seed commission

13 October 2016

Butterflies from Open Clasp Theatre Company, Cartina McHugh artistic director.

Women's Refuge Project with Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds

Women's Refuge Project with Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds

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?”

The Diary of a Bury Boy or Girl  - young people's responses to the Diary of a Hounslow Girl on tour

The Diary of a Bury Boy or Girl - young people's responses to the Diary of a Hounslow Girl on tour

27 June 2016

Filmed in partnership between the Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds and YMCA Suffolk.

Black Theatre Live: The Benefits of a Consortium

Black Theatre Live: The Benefits of a Consortium

19 June 2016

*This was a guest post from Jonathan Kennedy, Executive Director of Tara Arts for Spektrix's blog*

 

Why Black Theatre Live? Working with the Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds

Why Black Theatre Live? Working with the Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds

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. 

 

Promoting Culturally Diverse Theatre Whilst Welcoming New Audiences

Promoting Culturally Diverse Theatre Whilst Welcoming New Audiences

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. 

Black Theatre Live - Marketing In Bury St Edmunds

Black Theatre Live - Marketing In Bury St Edmunds

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.   

End of 1st year headline evaluation

End of 1st year headline evaluation

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.

Reaching Out to Young People in Northumberland

Reaching Out to Young People in Northumberland

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.

Three Women & A Dream - Michelle Inniss on Pitch Lake Production's debut tour

Three Women & A Dream - Michelle Inniss on Pitch Lake Production's debut tour

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

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

New Approaches to Participation by Lizzie Watts

New Approaches to Participation by Lizzie Watts

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..

Audience Development & Street Teams for Macbeth

Audience Development & Street Teams for Macbeth

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.

Jatinder Verma's thoughts on staging Macbeth

Jatinder Verma's thoughts on staging Macbeth

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.

Outreach Workshops at Derby Theatre

Outreach Workshops at Derby Theatre

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.

What is Black Theatre Live?

What is Black Theatre Live?

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.