Black Theatre Live


Dear White People - Challenging Race at Royal Central

12 April 2016

Dear White People', the title is taken from the 2014 comedy film that follows the stories of four black students at an Ivy League college.

This event is about challenging race and diversity at Central, other drama schools and in the creative arts industry. It should prompt questions and answers. This event will be broken up into a selection of TV and stage monologues, verbatim performances using testimonies from Central students about how they feel being a minority at Central and then a panel discussion. 

Confirmed speakers:

  • Sheila Atim (Actress - currently playing 'The Woman' in Les Blancs at the National Theatre)
  • Jatinder Verma (Artistic Director - Tara Arts)
  • Simeilia Hodge-Dallaway (Writer, Director and founder of Artistic Directors of the Future)
  • Gail Babb (Producer - Talawa Theatre Company) 
  • Akua Gyamfi (Founder of The British Blacklist) 
  • Madani Younis (Artistic Director - Bush Theatre) 
  • Karen Tomlin (Director and lecturer) 
  • Kobna Holdbrook-Smith ( Actor, Director and Act For Change trustee) 
  • Pamela Jikiemi (Head of Education Theatre Peckham, Lecturer, doctoral student) 
  • Dr. Jami Rogers (Honorary Fellow and Research Assistant, Multicultural Shakespeare) 
  • and chaired by theatre director Roy Alexander Weise

Please email your questions in advance to Steven Kavuma: [email protected]

There will be an opportunity for audience participation so please be prepared to take part!

Please note that there will be some spaces available for those who haven't pre-booked but entry can only be guaranteed with a pre-booked ticket.

This event will be signed by Sally Stacey. 



Thursday, 21 April 2016 from 18:45 to 21:45 

Embassy Theatre - Royal Central School of Speech and Drama Eton Avenue, London NW3 3HY, United Kingdom

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