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About Black Theatre Live

29 August 2014

Arts Council England announced support for Black Theatre Live from its Strategic Touring funds in autumn 2015.

Black Theatre Live is a pioneering national consortium of 8 regional theatres led by Tara Arts, committed to effecting change for BAME 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, Derby Theatre, Queen's Hall Arta (Hexham), the Lighthouse (Poole), Theatre Royal Bury St. Edmunds, Theatre Royal Margate, Stratford Circus (London) and Key Theatre (Peterborough).

Black Theatre Live works with emerging and established BAME companies across England to commission and tour high quality productions to the consortia theatres over the coming 3 years.

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.

We are delighted to receive Arts Council England’s support to transform the national landscape of BAME touring theatre in the coming years.

Joyce Wilson, Area Director, London, Arts Council England, said: ‘"We are really pleased to be supporting the Black Live national consortium, which is being led by Tara Arts – a National portfolio organisation. The consortium’s work will make a strong contribution towards affecting lasting infrastructural change for BAME touring theatre through the creation of a sustainable 3-year programme of national touring and audience development. It is wonderful to see organisations working together in this way to develop audiences, support greater community engagement and promote greater diversity."