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BOOK LAUNCH Black British Queer Plays and Practitioners: An Anthology of Afriquia Theatre
Institute of Contemporary Arts

Black British Queer Plays and Practitioners: An Anthology of Afriquia Theatre (Methuen Drama 2022) is a bold collection representing LGBTIQ+ experiences from Black British perspectives. The book contains both eight radical plays by Black writers that changed the face of theatre in Britain and critical discussions of these plays by leading Black queer artists.

Co-edited by Mojisola Adebayo and Lynette Goddard, the book features work by Travis Alabanza, Rikki Beadle-Blair, Paul Boayke, Topher Campbell, Valerie Mason-John, Tonderai Munyevu, Zodwa Nyoni, Jacqueline Rudet, Temi Wilkey, as well as Adebayo and Goddard.

The launch will include a welcome from Goddard and readings by featured authors including Mojisola Adebayo, who will read a section of STARS, the show co-produced by ICA and Tamasha. This will be a relaxed and intimate event with an opportunity to purchase the book (at a reduced price), have it signed and meet the people behind the book.

Mojisola Adebayo (BA, MA, PhD. FRSL, FHEA) is a writer, performer, producer, director and facilitator who has been making theatre internationally for 30 years, from Antarctica to Zimbabwe. Her own plays include Moj of the Antarctic: An African Odyssey (Lyric Hammersmith), Muhammad Ali and Me (Ovalhouse), 48 Minutes for Palestine (Ashtar Theatre), Desert Boy (Albany Theatre), The Listeners (Pegasus Theatre), I Stand Corrected (Artscape, Cape Town), The Interrogation of Sandra Bland (Bush Theatre), Wind / Rush Generation(s) (National Theatre) and Nothello (Belgrade Theatre, Coventry). Publications include Mojisola Adebayo: Plays One and Plays Two (Oberon Books), the co-written Theatre for Development Handbook (Pan Arts) and the co-edited Black British Queer Plays and Practitioners: An Anthology of Afriquia Theatre. Mojisola is a Lecturer at Queen Mary, University of London, Associate Artist of Black Lives, Black Words, AICRE, Pan Arts and the Building the Anti-Racist Classroom collective, an Honorary Fellow of Rose Bruford College, and is currently on a research fellowship at University of Potsdam. Her latest plays, Family Tree (ATC / Belgrade Theatre), winner of the Alfred Fagon Award for best play and STARS (Tamasha / ICA), shortlisted for the George Devine Award, both premiere in March / April 2023, before touring nationally. Mojisola is currently a writer-on-attachment to the National Theatre where she is working on White: A Horror.

Lynette Goddard is Professor of Black Theatre and Performance at Royal Holloway, University of London. Their teaching and research focuses on documenting and analysing contemporary Black British theatre through the politics of race and representation and the careers of performers, playwrights and directors. Their publications include Staging Black Feminisms: Identity, Politics Performance (Palgrave, 2007), Contemporary Black British Playwrights: Margins to Mainstream (Palgrave, 2015) and Errol John’s Moon on a Rainbow Shawl (Routledge Fourth Wall, 2017). Their edited and co-edited books and play anthologies include Modern and Contemporary Black British Drama (Palgrave, 2014), The Methuen Drama Book of Plays By Black British Writers (2011) and Black British Queer Plays and Practitioners: An Anthology of Afriquia Theatre (2022). They are currently writing a book about theatre director Paulette Randall and preparing three edited collections: the two-volume Routledge Companion to Twentieth Century British Theatre and The Cambridge History of Black British Theatre and Performance.
07:00 pm
Thu, 23 Mar 2023

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