Black History Month 2019
October is Black History Month in the UK.
As the UK's leading Back led touring theatre company, we receive many requests in connection with Black History Month, often at very short notice. Sometimes the requests do not offer payment, or are poorly paid.
We believe it is important that work by Black British theatre artists should be valued, and supported. We always have. We do not share opportunities that pay below ITC/Equity minimum fees, and we never share any which expect artists to work free of charge.
So we turn those requests down, politely asking the sender (for it is usually by email), that they might wish to read their request more closely and think about how they might respond if they received something similar.
All we ask is that if you'd like to work with us for a Black History Month story, you ask us well in advance of October. That way we and you can make something really good.
Michael Buffong, Artistic Director, Talawa Theatre Company
“Talawa Theatre Company has always been an essential platform for launching new Black creative talent. Fresh, innovative, provocative and unapologetic work by Black British creatives is not ‘risky’. There are many stories to be told, and in vital and dynamic ways. Powerful and honest, our Black creatives are writing, performing and creating history.”
Artist development has been at the heart of everything we do ever since we were formed in 1986.
Michaela Coel, Writer and Performer, Chewing Gum, BAFTA Winner ‘Best Female Performance in a Comedy Programme’ and ‘Breakthrough Talent’ 2016
I came to TYPT looking for the empowerment to develop as a performer and writer, and I certainly succeeded, we all did. Talawa’s enduring faith in developing new artists is remarkable and for my own journey TYPT was the biggest part of that.