Contemporary Britain is a multiple society – rich with languages, races, cultures and identities. This diversity is unremarkable and normal, and a growing dimension of all our lives.
Art and culture offer both a mirror to see ourselves and a window to see through to worlds unlike our own. However, theatre – as with so many areas of our curated mainstream culture – still fails to see so many people, experiences and identities in this multiple world. In doing so, it fails to invite – and make space for – us all to have a conversation with ourselves, and to understand more about the world we share, the lives we lead, and what it means to be here, now.
We want to see a cultural ecology in Britain where everyone feels invited and welcome to participate. A culture where all experiences – including the contemporary African heritage experience – are celebrated so that we get to see ourselves in our full complexity, where shortcuts fail to function, and where theatre offers understanding, and feels relevant to the lives we live.
Experience within the Industry:
- Theatre companies