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Black female performers step into the spotlight

PICTURED: The Actors Centre in London

A NETWORK set up for black female actors of African diaspora, has teamed up with the Actors Centre to curate the season.

According to The Stage, the season of work by black and mixed-race female performers will be part of the Actors Centre’s John Thaw Initiative, which was set up to develop new work and showcase works-in-progress by actors.

Blacktress area actively looking for works to stage as part of the event and are calling for submissions. Each successful submission will receive a platform in the John Thaw Studio for one to three evenings.

Blacktress is interested in stories on “race and identity, motherhood and sisterhood, faith and cultural practices, hair, gender, queerness and everything in between”.

Co-founder of Blacktress, Cherrelle Skeete - who is currently playing Joan in Fun Home at the Young Vic - said: “Whenever black women are presented on stage or screen there is either a lack of visibility or a misrepresentation because the story is rarely told by a black woman.

“Being British, black and a woman carries many intersections and often in spaces we are only invited to explore one at a time when each of these intersections affect the other. We have to invite more conversations around intersectionality within our theatremaking and that can only happen by including more of those voices.”

Joel Fisher, creative producer of the Actors Centre, added: “It is so inspiring to work with the whole of the Blacktress UK team.

“Their vision for the future and passion for change are exactly what we should be championing, and I am sure that this season of shows will only be the start of the amazing work these incredible women will do to change the industry.”

Submissions for the Blacktress UK season can be made online. The deadline is August 17.

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