Why Black British Theatre Awards?
BLACK BRITONS HAVE BEEN CONTRIBUTING SIGNIFICANTLY TO THEATRE SINCE BEFORE THE FIRST MAJOR INFLUX OF AFRICANS AND CARIBBEANS INTO BRITAIN DURING THE 1950’S. THEIR ARRIVAL GENERATED A RICH CULTURAL INFLUENCE AND A WHOLE NEW WAY OF APPROACHING THEATRE. OVER THESE 70 YEARS, THERE HAS BEEN A NOTABLE LACK OF RECOGNITION BUT AN ABUNDANCE OF BLACK TALENT. ALTHOUGH IT IS SLOWLY BEING ADDRESSED, BBTA’S PLAN IS TO AMPLIFY THE POSITIVITY OF TALENT AND CREATIVITY IN BRITISH THEATRE. THESE AWARDS ARE A VEHICLE TO DO SO AND PLACE VISIBLE FACE AND RECOGNITION ON ALL CREATIVE FIELDS IN THE THEATRE.
Illuminating Black British Creative Work in all Fields
A topic frequently discussed is: 'How do you bring true diversity to British theatre within the higher levels of professional productions?' In order to address this, we must highlight the achievements and role models for all creatives in every field, such as: design, composing, writing, choreography, direction, lighting, sound, as well as the actor, the dancer and singer.
In order to aspire the next generation, BBTA will issue scholarships for young black talent in the UK, enabling them to train in their chosen field and mentored by those involved with the Awards. Sponsors of the BBTA’s will become a part of a grassroots project.
Over the next few months,before the actual Ceremony itself, there will be a series of events to highlight the BBTA’s, with various Westend performers and luminaries involved.
Dates for the Diary:
Launch date: Monday 4 March 2019
Nominee Announcements: Monday 30 September 2019
Awards Ceremony: Sunday 27 October 2019 [as a part of Black History Month]