RUN IT BACK 2021 - Free Tickets

We are offering FREE tickets for young Black people aged 16 to 25. 

Why? Well, have you seen the stats? 

  • Young Black people are experiencing unemployment at almost three times the rate of their white counterparts; 41% for the former and 12% for the latter (see this and also this). 
  • The economic impacts of the pandemic are also evident in other ways; insecure or zero-hour employment is a feature of many of the jobs which young Black people hold - this was true before the pandemic and has worsened (as shown here). 
  • In addition, reductions in Universal Credit to pre-pandemic levels have made subsistence level priorities the most important for many - housing, food etc. 

We appreciate that buying theatre tickets might not be a priority for many young Black people living with economic uncertainty. But we are Talawa; we know that art enriches the soul and speaks to the heart, and young Black people should be able to see and experience theatre which tells their stories and reflects their lives. 

That's why we have already issued more than 620 free tickets, and why we are now going public with the remaining 280 free tickets for young Black people aged 16 to 25.

The free tickets for young Black people aged 16 to 25 are funded by an Arts Council National Lottery Projects Grant. We are grateful for the support Arts Council England has shown us and the communities we work with and within.

  • Arifa Akbar, The Guardian

    "This is the purest enactment of 'black joy' – as a political act – I have seen in the past year."

  • The Stage

    ★★★★★ "Take your fans, your whistles, and your flags. This one’s for the culture."

    Coral Messan and Gail Babb talk about RUN IT BACK

    RUN IT BACK 2021 - Trailer

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