Black Theatre Matters at London Bubble Theatre 19 Nov 2020

London Bubble Theatre is hosting a discussion called ‘Black Theatre Matters’ on how communities of artists and practitioners can push for a racially equal society, particularly in the age of Black Lives Matter.

Black Theatre Matters | FREE | Thursday 19th November | 7pm

The discussion is taking place in November to reflect the Theatre’s standing on the fact that Black History transcends the month we celebrate it in as a nation – impacting the African and Caribbean communities daily. This also means there’s still time for you to sign up and take part!

The discussion will include a panellist Q&A session with a number of theatre professionals.

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About Black Theatre Matters

In honour of Black History Month (#BHM365), London Bubble Theatre is bringing together an exciting panel of theatre professionals to discuss why the theatre we have made in the past and continue to make today is so important in the age of Black Lives Matter. How has it moved us forward and what we can do as a community of artists and enthusiasts to continue to push for a racially equal society? Join us on Zoom, get some answers, have your say and be a part of this historical time. This is a movement not a moment. Take up space!

Our awesome panel line up:

BOLA AGBAJE – Playwright/Film &TV Writer

Bola’s first play GONE TOO FAR! was selected to be performed as part of the Young Writer Festival and was performed at the Royal Court Theatre (Upstairs) in February 2007. In 2008 the play won the Laurence Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in an Affiliated Theatre. The screenplay adaptation premiered at the London Film Festival in 2013 and was released in 2014. You can catch it now on Netflix. She has a sequel in development with Poisson Rouge. Bola’s writing has been presented by the ATC, Tiata Fahodzi, Hampstead Theatre, Soho Theatre, Young Vic, Talawa and Cardboard Citizens to name a few. Bola is currently under commission to Out of Joint Theatre Company.

NADINE DELLER – That Black Theatre Podcast

Nadine is a PhD candidate undertaking research on black women playwrights in the Black Plays Archive. Nadine is the creator and co-host of That Black Theatre Podcast, which aims to share black theatre history to the public. Nadine also writes for the international film magazine, Sight & Sound.

DAVID GILBERT – London Bubble

David Gilbert is a director and theatre maker from Zimbabwe who’s worked with the top leading theatre’s in London over the past 5 years. David has a long term connection with London Bubble delivering on participatory groups and educational projects over the last 6 years.

IFRAH ISMAIL – Talawa Theatre

Ifrah is Talawa’s New Work Producer and is responsible for nurturing and supporting the development of new and emerging theatre-makers. Prior to joining Talawa, Ifrah was Literary Assistant at The Bush Theatre, where she led on the Young Writers’ Group and produced showcases and R&D’s. Ifrah also freelances as a dramaturg and facilitator.

OMAR OKAI – Black British Theatre Awards

Omar Okai is Co-Director of the Black British Theatre Awards. He is also the Artistic Director of The Okai Collier Company for over 20 years. He has directed and choreographed internationally; France, Spain, Germany and Shanghai and of course Britain, over 90 productions, videos and documentary. He is also a an experienced performing arts teacher in dance and drama, an International Musical Theatre Examiner for Urdang International and in his own right, an accomplished west end performer.

This is a free zoom event and you will be required to have a registered zoom account to attend. Please contact if you have any questions.

A NOTE ON VIDEO: This event will be recorded. Only panellists will be on camera. Attendees are welcome to engage in the chat and Q&A section.

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