In 1930s America, black performance communities were at the very heart of radical theatre and politics: on the pages of federal theatre manuscripts black Americans 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 as part of the John HopeFranklin Series in African American History. 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)