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African American Playwrights: The 20th Century

February 27, 2016 @ 10:30 PM

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Daily until February 28, 2016
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Enjoy a weekend exploring some of the best-known as well as overlooked black American dramatists of the 20th Century.

Over two days National Theatre will cover playwrights including Lorraine Hansberry, August Wilson, Ted Ward, Theodore Browne, Amiri Baraka, Alice Childress and Ntozake Shange.

Beginning with the Harlem Renaissance they will explore the development of the African-American dramatic tradition through the Black Arts Movement and beyond, and consider its impact on Black British drama. Many themes will be discussed including form, music, patronage, how to develop a black audience, authenticity, inter-racial relations and gender. The role of communities, archives and historians in creating a black dramatic tradition will also be covered. You will have the opportunity to hear from directors and playwrights and watch play extracts performed by actors.

Speakers include Paulette Randall (theatre director), Bonnie Greer (playwright and critic) Natasha Bonnelame (previously Black Plays Archive Project Manager) and Michael Pearce (University of Exeter).

Led by Kate Dossett, Senior Lecturer in American History, University of Leeds.

A limited number of bursary places are available for people who cannot afford to pay the full or concessionary rate and can attend the full two days.

To apply, please complete this online form
Deadline for applications is Friday 12 February, 12 noon. 

Participants must be 18 or over


National Theatre
South Bank, London, SE1 9PX + Google Map