U.K.’s Revolution Mix Teams with National Theatre to Tell Black British Stories

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Nationwide project will challenge inequality in theatre.
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Revolution Mix, a project that aims to challenge inequality in theatre, television, radio and digital media by being the largest-ever provider of black British stories to be produced in U.K. theatres, has joined forces with the National Theatre.

According to a news report in The Stage, the National’s new work department will hold up to 10 research and development workshops for the Revolution Mix project, which will commission nine plays to tour major U.K. theatres by 2018.

A rehearsed reading has already taken place of Shamser Sinha’s new play Ujamaa. Dawn Walton, who is head of Revolution Mix and Eclipse Theatre, has commented, “By working together on Revolution Mix, we can help artists by providing a support network as well as the tools to navigate what can be an impenetrable industry for black and Asian writers.”

Among the Revolution Mix partners are Coventry's Belgrade Theatre, Birmingham Repertory Theatre, Bristol Old Vic, Hull Truck, Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse, Newcastle's Northern Stage, Manchester's Royal Exchange, Salisbury Playhouse, Sheffield Theatres and West Yorkshire Playhouse, as well as the National Theatre Studio and Royal Court in London.

Funding has come from Arts Council England, who have provided an Exceptional Award of £249,141 and from Heritage Lottery Fund, who have provided £97,700.

For further details, visit eclipsetheatre.org.uk/projects.

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