Black Plays Series, National Theatre
In this series Natasha Bonnelame (until recently the Black Plays Archive Project Manager at the National Theatre), will be joined by guest speakers including Lynette Goddard and Topher Campbell, to explore a diverse collection of plays from dramatists of African and Caribbean heritage. Combining performances, clips of past productions and lively discussion, each session will examine a topic, from decolonisation to sexuality, protest theatre to cosmopolitanism.
Week 1: Lonely Londoners
Saturday 24 January, 10.30am-12.30pm
Plays covered: Nice by Mustapha Matura, Long Way from Home by Yemi Ajibade, Blest be the Tie by Donna Daly and The Hounding of David Oluwale by Oladipo Agboluaje.
Week 2: Black Woman Time
Saturday 31 January, 10.30am-12.30pm
Plays covered: Money to Live by Jacqueline Rudet, Running Dream by Trish Cooke, A Rock in Water by Winsome Pinnock and Fishing by Paulette Randall.
Week 3: Post-Colonial Beginnings
Saturday 7 February, 10.30am-12.30pm
Plays covered: A Season in the Congo by Amie Cesaire, Foriwa by Eufa Sutherland, The Trial of Dedan Kemathi by Nguigi wa Thiong’o / Micere Mugo and Death and the King’s Horsemanby Wole Soyinka.
Week 4: Coups and Calypsos
Saturday 14 February, 10.30am-12.30pm
Plays covered: Play Mas by Mustapha Matura, Black Jacobins by CL James, Maskarade by Sylvia Wynter and The Dragon Can’t Dance by Earl Lovelace.
Week 5: Township Plays
Saturday 21 February, 10.30am-12.30pm
Plays covered: Sizwe Bansi is Dead by John Kani / Winston Ntshona, Township Stories by Relativity, Bopha! by Percy Mtwa and The Hungry Earth by Maishe Maponya.
Week 6: Sexuality
Saturday 28 February, 10.30am-12.30pm
Plays covered: Chiaroscuro by Jackie Kay, Sin Dykes by Valerie Mason-John, Boy With Beer by Paul Boakye and Bashment by Rikki Beadle-Blair.
Many of the plays covered in this series can be found in the Black Plays Archive. This is an online catalogue of the first professional production of every African, Caribbean and Black British play produced in the UK. In addition to the catalogue there are a number of contextual resources, including audio recordings of play extracts, essays and video interviews. www.blackplaysarchive.org.uk
Info: The Black Plays series takes place at the National Theatre from 24 Jan to 29 Feb, 10.30am-12.30pm | Book tickets