The African-Caribbean Identity and the English Stage

King, Barnaby (2000) The African-Caribbean Identity and the English Stage. New Theatre Quarterly, 16 (2). pp. 131-136. ISSN 0266-464X DOI

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In the first of two essays employing academic discourses of cultural exchange to examine the intra-cultural situation in contemporary British society, published in NTQ 61, Barnaby King analyzed the relationship between Asian arts and mainstream arts in Britain on both a professional and a community level. In this second essay he takes a similar approach towards African-Caribbean theatre in Britain, comparing the Black theatre initiatives of the regional theatres with the experiences of theatre workers themselves based in Black communities. He shows how work which relates to a specific 'other' culture has to struggle to get funding, while work which brings Black Arts into a mainstream 'multicultural' programme has fewer problems. In the process, he specifically qualifies the claim that the West Yorkshire Playhouse provides for Black communities as well as many others, while exploring the alternative, community-based projects of 'Culturebox', based in the deprived Chapeltown district of Leeds.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: N Fine Arts > NX Arts in general
Divisions: Performing Arts
Date Deposited: 28 Jul 2014 10:36

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