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Actors Centre to stage season of work by black female performers

The Actors Centre in London The Actors Centre in London
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A season of work by black and mixed-race female performers is to be staged at the Actors Centre in London.

Blacktress UK, a network set up for self-defined black female actors of the African diaspora, has partnered with the Actors Centre to curate the season.

It will be part of the Actors Centre’s John Thaw Initiative, which was set up to develop new work and showcase works-in-progress by actors.

Blacktress is looking for works to stage as part of the event. Each successful submission will receive a platform in the John Thaw Studio for one to three evenings.

Blacktress is interested in stories on “race and identity, motherhood and sisterhood, faith and cultural practices, hair, gender, queerness and everything in between”.

Cherrelle Skeete, who is currently playing Joan in Fun Home at the Young Vic and is co-founder of Blacktress, said: “Whenever black women are presented on stage or screen there is either a lack of visibility or a misrepresentation because the story is rarely told by a black woman.

“Being British, black and a woman carries many intersections and often in spaces we are only invited to explore one at a time when each of these intersections affect the other. We have to invite more conversations around intersectionality within our theatremaking and that can only happen by including more of those voices.”

Joel Fisher, creative producer of the Actors Centre, added: “It is so inspiring to work with the whole of the Blacktress UK team.

“Their vision for the future and passion for change are exactly what we should be championing, and I am sure that this season of shows will only be the start of the amazing work these incredible women will do to change the industry.”

Submissions for the Blacktress UK season can be made online. The deadline is August 17.

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