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Tamasha to provide regional theatre placements to black producers

Okezie Morro in Tamasha's 2013 production The Arrival. Photo: Barry Lewis Okezie Morro in Tamasha's 2013 production The Arrival. Photo: Barry Lewis
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Theatre company Tamasha is working in partnership with seven regional venues to offer a new programme for black, Asian and minority ethnic producers.

The scheme, which is supported by Arts Council England’s Sustained Theatre Fund, will provide placements for four BAME theatremakers, each lasting at least 18 months.

Belgrade Theatre Coventry, Derby Theatre, the Dukes Lancaster and Mercury Colchester will each host a producer.

Other theatres participating in the scheme include Luton Culture and Rich Mix in London, which will help with artistic development.

Those selected for the programme will each be paid £21,800 per year and be placed at one of the regional theatres as associate producers. They will each produce a new show over the period of their role.

Two of the producers will work on a studio-scale show over 18 months, one will work on a mid-scale show over 18 months, and one will work on a mid-scale show for 30 months.

The productions will premiere at the host venue and then tour to one or more of the partners, and further afield if funding permits.

Fin Kennedy, artistic director of Tamasha, said: “If we are serious about diversifying British theatre long-term, we need to put our efforts into two areas above all – playwrights and producers.

“Playwrights, because everything starts with them; and producers because they are essentially the gatekeepers of what work is ultimately seen on our national stages.

“For too long the people making those critical decisions have been dominated by a particular type of monocultural privilege.”

Kennedy added: “Tamasha’s scheme seeks to address that imbalance of opportunity with four full-time paid and supported placements, with production funds attached.”

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