The company, led by Tori Allen-Martin and Sarah Henley, have announced new initiatives to support the work of Black women writers.
Following on from Burn Bright’s digitally commissioned pilot, Better In Person, the company is continuing on the series with the next instalment that focuses on amplifying the voices of Black women and their stories alongside new initiative, Connect. Responding to Black Lives Matter Movement and struggles facing the Black community, Burn Bright are providing a platform platform in keeping with their ethos of equality and diversity in the arts. The new plays will be showcased on Bank Holiday Monday, 31st August at 8pm.
Better In Person will once again be directed by Abigail Sewell (I AM [NOT] KANYE WEST, Bunker Theatre), and hosted by Tori Allen-Martin, inviting audiences to be an online fly-on-the-wall witnessing these intimate, hilarious, and always very human conversations. Burn Bright are
looking to commission five talented Black writers, to have their work shared via Zoom. Short extracts of existing works will be welcomed for submission until the closing date, Tuesday 14th July. A recording of the pilot event, which aired live on Monday 25th May, will also be made available for pay per view via the Burn Bright website.
Meanwhile, Connect is a series of online panel discussions, including a peer-to-peer networking event for writers co-hosted by playwrights Dawn King (Foxfinder, West End)and Matilda Ibini (Little Miss Burden, The Bunker), a session on understanding your rights run by the Writers Guild, and an exclusive Q&A with three amazing industry professionals, including
casting director Annelie Powell. Seeking to continually provide opportunities for women writers, these events are designed to be an invaluable tool for personal development.
Talking about the news Sarah and Tori comment, “We are super excited to announce our newest initiative Connect, providing new ways for writers to engage with each other and industry experts, and we are beyond thrilled by the success of our first networking scheme, the Time Bank. We’re so grateful to those who have offered their time to help so many writers – and we’re delighted that a number of people reached out in response to Black Lives Matter and have used our platform for their own activism. Our whole raison d’etre is to fight for equal opportunities for women in theatre, and we commit to amplifying and supporting the voices of those within that community that are further marginalised due to their race, sexual orientation, socio-economic background or any other reason. We are thrilled to commission and platform the work of five Black women
for our next Better In Person event and can’t wait to read the submissions.”
For more information and to be involved visit: https://www.burnbright.org.uk/