Representing race & black Britain in theatre, film, television & digital media – 6 November

Black Theatre

‘Representing race & black Britain in theatre, film, television & digital media’ Symposium

Friday 6 November. 9.30am-6pm

Cottesloe Room, Clore Learning Centre, National Theatre, London

This symposium  coincides with the start of Lenny Henry’s 10 party series on the history of black theatre and screen being broadcast at 1.45pm daily on BBC Radio 4 between November 9 and 20. People interviewed include black theatre activists and historians including Stephen Bourne, the author of Black in the British Frame and co-author of Black and Asian Performance .. and other works on British black theatre and film.

The symposium brings together scholars and practitioners from different disciplines and artistic backgrounds to discuss how black Britain is represented in theatre, film, television and digital media and  think about the numerous ways in which and reasons why interconnections between these media are forged and/or employed. It will examine and debate historical, political and aesthetic continuities, connections and crossovers and the implications of these relationships to issues of black representation and its analysis. In doing so, the symposium aims to nurture new debates, establish new approaches and forge new interdisciplinary relationships for future assessment of black culture and its representation in Britain.

Confirmed speakers include Mojisola Adebayo, Oladipo Agboluaje, Stephen Bourne, Lindsay Johns, Osita Okagbue, Deirdre Osborne, and Winsome Pinnock.

Cost:  £16 including refreshments but please note attendees will need to provide their own lunch).

Please register and purchase tickets here:…

Please address any enquiries to: and

Lynette Goddard is Senior Lecturer in Drama and Theatre at Royal Holloway:

Michael Pearce is Lecturer in Socially Engaged Theatre at Exeter University:

Stephen Bourne

Stephen is on Facebook at

His website is:

His Esther Bruce. A Black London Seamstress. Her Story 1912-1994 published under my imprint History & Social Action Publications are available from me £4 + p&p.

Paul Robeson fc

My Politics & Culture. Paul Robeson in the UK is available at £2 + p&p.

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About seancreighton1947

I have lived in Norbury since July 2011. I blog on Croydon, Norbury and history events,news and issues. I have been active on local economy, housing and environment issues with Croydon TUC and Croydon Assembly. I have submitted views to Council Committees and gave evidence against the Whitgift Centre CPO and to the Local Plan Inquiry. I am a member of Norbury Village Residents Association and Chair of Norbury Community Land Trust, and represent both on the Love Norbury community organisations partnership Committee. I used to write for the former web/print Croydon Citizen. I co-ordinate the Samuel Coleridge-Taylor and Croydon Radical History Networks and edit the North East Popular Politics history database. I give history talks and lead history walks. I retired in 2012 having worked in the community/voluntary sector and on heritage projects. My history interests include labour, radical and suffrage movements, mutuality, Black British, slavery & abolition, Edwardian roller skating and the social and political use of music and song. I have a particular interest in the histories of Battersea and Wandsworth, Croydon and Lambeth. I have a publishing imprint History & Social Action Publications.
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