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Critics of Colour Collective launches to promote theatre writers from diverse backgrounds

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A new collective for people of colour who write about theatre has been formed to support the development of critics from diverse backgrounds.

The Critics of Colour Collective was launched earlier this week with the aim of making theatre as a whole more accessible by widening the pool of people who write about it.

It has been established by journalist Bridget Minamore, playwright Sabrina Mahfouz and arts producer Georgia Dodsworth.

Minamore said that critics and journalists were not often included in diversity debates in theatre, with attention focused on other areas.

“When I started writing about theatre, I realised quite quickly how few people of colour there were critiquing theatre and that was quite depressing. I know lots of people of colour in theatre, but almost all of them are actors. After that you get writers and directors, and perhaps you get people who are working behind the scenes in administration, but broadly there is no one writing about theatre from an outside perspective,” she told The Stage.

The collective will be a place for writers to meet and discuss ideas, as well as being an entry point for people who have an interest in writing about theatre but do not yet have experience.

“I don’t expect this will be the only place or the only space, but I hope it might help a lot of other people who have been saying for a long time that they’d like to do something – actually do something,” she added.

Minamore said she hoped the collective would, in future, become a place for writers to meet organically rather than a set programme of events. Meanwhile, the group will be holding workshops to encourage people to get involved and build up members.

The first event, to be held on April 28, will be a free workshop on reviewing theatre, which has already sold out.