Young, Gifted and Black: Why Representation Matters

Young, Gifted and Black: Why Representation Matters

Thursday 12 July 2018

  • Presented at B2 stage
  • Tickets: FREE

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Join us for an exciting and lively panel discussion about black theatre. With Corey Campbell, Artistic Director of Belgrade Springboard Company, Strictly Arts, this free event will discuss black representation on British stage with a particular focus on themes around mental health. The event will be chaired by Associate Director of the Belgrade Theatre, Justine Themen

This panel will look at what it is like producing black stories for the stage today. With a lack of black representation within the arts, we ask what changes are happening in the industry, and discuss what more we can do as an industry to reflect the society we live in, particularly in regards to mental health.

The Panel

Abid Hussain is Director of Diversity at Arts Council England. He is responsible for leading the organisation’s work on equality and the Creative Case for Diversity. With over a decade of experience working in the arts and cultural sector, he has a particular interest in leadership, talent development, and philanthropic giving.

Amahra Spence is a multidisciplinary artist and producer, working with performance, text, digital media and installation. In 2013, Amahra founded MAIA, a production and development company, building infrastructure, relationships and platforms for sustainable creativity in cities.

Cherelle Harding is a founding member of Black Conscious Coventry, which aims to educate, motivate, unite and inspire the consciousness of the Black Community within Coventry. Having put on a number of successful events within the city, Black Conscious Coventry aims to explore thought-provoking topics and historical and contemporary issues that affect the Black Community in the UK today.

After training at Birmingham Conservatoire, Belgrade Creative Associate Corey Campbell started his own theatre company, Strictly Arts in 2015. Strictly Arts most recent work is their incredibly powerful play Freeman which received highly acclaimed reviews and sold out venues across the UK on their first tour in the autumn of 2017. Now winner of the Charlie Hartill Special Reserve Fund from Pleasance Theatre, Freeman is due to be performed at one of the largest Pleasance Fringe venues during the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, before returning to Coventry this September.

Oluwatoyin Odunsi is an independent arts venue and festival programmer, an interdisciplinary arts producer, tour booker, theatre director and DJ. She is Artistic Director of Vintage Misfits a Performing Arts Production Company specializing in bringing unique stories to new and existing audiences, by creating folklore about everyday people, using current cross artforms such as theatre, dance, music, film, live art, comedy and circus. Oluwatoyin has worked with range of national and regional organisations in the roles of Arts Development Manager, Arts Programmer, Associate Producer and Guest Speaker for companies such as One Dance UK in London, Project X in Scotland, Arts Marketing Association: AMA in Cambridge, Creative People and Places in Sandwell, The Hat Factory in Luton, Harrow Arts Centre in Middlesex and The Drum Arts Centre in Birmingham.

Thu 12 Jul 7:30pm