Black Theatre Live was 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. BTL toured 7 mid-and-small-scale productions to 29 theatres around the country, reaching a total of around 62,000 audiences during its 3 years.
Consortium partners: Tara Arts (London), Derby Theatre, Queen's Hall Arts (Hexham), the Lighthouse (Poole), Theatre Royal Bury St. Edmunds, Theatre Royal Margate, Stratford Circus Arts Centre (London) and Key Theatre (Peterborough).
Black Theatre Live worked with emerging and established Black & Asian companies across England to commission and tour high quality productions to the consortia theatres from 2015-18.
Black Theatre Live shaped a dynamic national programme of mid- and small-scale tours over its 3 year history, with structured audience development and community engagement programmes, including live-streaming of its touring projects.
Black Theatre Live received Arts Council England’s support to transform the national landscape of Black & Asian touring theatre.
Black Theatre Live Tours:
Spring 2015 - Macbeth directed by Jatinder Verma (Tara Arts with Black Theatre Live & Queens Hall Arts)
Autumn 2015 - She Called Me Mother (starring Cathy Tyson (Black Theatre Live with Pitch Lake Productions)
Spring 2016 - The Diary of a Hounslow Girl by Ambreen Razia (Black Theatre Live with Ambreen Razia)
Autumn 2016 - Hamlet directed by Jeffery Kissoon (Black Theatre Live with Watford Palace Theatre)
Spring 2017 - An Evening with an Immigrant (Black Theatre Live with Inua Ellams & Fuel)
Autumn 2017 - Big Foot (Black Theatre Live with HighRise Theatre & Stratford Circus Arts Centre)
Spring 2018 - Mountains - The Dream Of Lily Kwok by In-Sook Chappel (Black Theatre Live with Yellow Earth Theatre & Royal Exchange Manchester)
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