Black Theatre Live

The Black Theatre Live national touring consortium is considering plans for 2018-2021 and is canvassing a range views from across the theatre sector.

You can see more about Black Theatre Live work to date here

Black Theatre Live is a pioneering national consortium currently of 8 regional theatres led by Tara Arts, committed to effecting change nationally for Black, Asian & Minority Ethnic touring theatre through a sustainable 3-year programme of national touring, structural support and audience development.

Black Theatre Live is a partnership of Tara Arts (London), Derby Theatre, Queen's Hall Arts (Hexham), Lighthouse (Poole), Theatre Royal Bury St. Edmunds, Theatre Royal Margate, Stratford Circus Arts Centre (London) and Key Theatre (Peterborough).

Black Theatre Live works with emerging and established Black, Asian & Minority Ethnic (BAME) companies and artists across England to commission and tour high quality productions to the consortia theatres and beyond for 3 years, up to 2018 initially.

Black Theatre Live has shaped a dynamic national programme of mid- and small-scale tours. Its structured audience development and community engagement programmes include live digital streaming, Street Teams, Press and Marketing, research and evaluation.

The audience development ambition for Black Theatre Live venues include traditional (white) and non-traditional (BAME) to guard against a mentality of white audiences over BAME. The theatre's represent rural and urban locations, both white and BAME demographics, market and seaside towns. The 8 consortium venues include a significant range of expertise across small and mid-scale auditoria, producing and receiving houses, arts centres and theatres in England.

The consortium theatres currently work with a range of BAME-led companies and artists and consultants including the Audience Agency, King's College (London), Mobius PR, Stage Text, Pilot Theatre and Hardish Virk.

* 1. TOUR DEVELOPMENT. Tell us your thoughts on how you think Black Theatre Live could support Black, Asian Minority Ethnic (BAME) touring? Is touring BAME theatre important?

* 2. AUDIENCE DEVELOPMENT? Tell us your thoughts on developing diversity of audiences for Black, Asian Minority Ethnic theatre. Do you think developing diverse audiences is important?

* 3. SECTOR DEVELOPMENT. How might Black Theatre Live develop the Black Asian Minority Ethnic theatre sector more effectively? Is it important that the consortium develops the sector?