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The Radical Black Tradition in American Theatre

Fri 13 March, 6pm
Running Time: 1 hour 15 minutes

In 1930s America, black performance communities were at the very heart of radical theatre and politics. Employed by the federal government to create and stage plays, black Americans wrote radical new dramas that  commemorated past struggles, preserved a record of battles lost and won, and confronted the white gaze. Now they are the subject of an important new book, Radical Black Theatre in the New Deal, published by the University of North Carolina Press. In this event hear from the book’s author, theatre historian Kate Dossett, and take part in a conversation about the history and future of black drama and the role of theatre archives in shaping contemporary practice.  The event will also feature short readings by NT actors from two Federal Theatre Living Newspapers.


Tickets £9 (£6 concessions)

Front cover of new book Radical Black Theatre in the New Deal by Kate Dossett

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