The Black British Theatre Awards was established to highlight and celebrate the influence of Black performers and creatives in the UK’s artistic legacy, and the impact of their contributions on an International level.
Why Black British Theatre Awards?
Black british performers and creatives 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 uk theatre. These awards are a vehicle to do so and a means of celebrating the achievements of individuals across all creative fields in the theatre industry.
Illuminating Black British Creative Work in all Fields
The awards will honour the exceptional work by black professionals across all aspects of theatre-making. Performers, directors, writers, producers, sound, music, lighting and design talent will be awarded for the performances and productions that have captivated audiences over the past year.
It has been a landmark period for the theatre community, with unprecedented challenges presented by the impact of covid-19 and the global call for racial justice, equity, and inclusion across all aspects of society.
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