Black Theatre Live

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

Black Theatre Live is a partnership between 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). It will shape a national programme of mid- and small-scale tours, and its structured audience development and community engagement programmes will include live digital streaming and cinema relays.

It receives Arts Council England, Esmee Fairbairn Foundation, John Ellerman Foundation & Ernest Cook Trust support to transform the national landscape of BAME touring theatre.

In the press

“How to solve the problem of touring… One initiative is looking at that problem from a very specific angle: how do we create more touring opportunities for black, Asian and minority ethnic theatremakers?” The Stage

"It has a big heart and the use of the Trinbago vernacular is richly effective"
The Guardian (on She Called Me Mother)


  • Email
  • Contact for touring

    Jonathan Kennedy

  • Contact at showcase

    Black Theatre Live for: HighRise Theatre, Tara Arts, Abreen Razia and PitchLake productions
    +44 (0)792 971 6512