Burn Bright have commissioned five Black writers to lead the next instalment of their acclaimed digital anthology series, Better In Person.
Hosted by Tori Allen-Martin on Monday 31st August, each of the writers in this latest instalment of Better In Person respond to the ongoing Black Lives Matter movement through artistic activism, with the company hoping to highlight the need for further representation in theatre, not only for women, but people of colour as they seek to provide a platform for diversity and equality in the arts.
The writers involved include; Sidney Belony (Wakes, Bunker Theatre; The Records, Theatre Royal Stratford East), Leanna Benjamin (BBC Writersroom Northern Voices 2020), Lekhani Chirwa (Can I Touch Your Hair?, VAULT Festival), Steffi Igbinovia (Soho Theatre’s Writers’ Lab), and Cherrelle Skeete (Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, original London cast). Each of the plays directed by Abigail Sewell (I AM [NOT] KANYE WEST, Bunker Theatre), will be showcasedvia Zoom on Bank Holiday Monday at 8pm.
Meanwhile, casting for the commissioned texts has also been announced. Better In Person will involve; Morayo Adeagbo (The Secret Love Life of Ophelia, Greenwich Theatre), Saida Ahmed (Little Miss Burden, The Bunker), Nina Barker-Francis (Flack, UKTV), Jennifer Dixon (Willow, Bunker Theatre), Charlotte Dowding (Dumbledore is so gay, VAULT Festival), Martins Imhangbe (Death of a Salesman, Young Vic), Tolu Kingba (Noughts + Crosses, BBC), Mogali Masuku (Comedy of Errors/Winter’s Tale, RSC), Corinne Skinner-Carter (EastEnders, BBC), and Michelle Tiwo (Parakeet, Roundabout).
Talking about the news Sarah Henley, Co-Founder of Burn Bright said: “We could not be more excited to be platforming the writing of these amazing Black women and cannot wait to share their stories with you. As theatres begin to open up and programme their spaces again following the news at
the weekend that indoor performances can resume, it is vital that they strive to create a more equitable theatre ecology whereby all of our voices are heard and represented. The talent is there – you just need to look.”
Better in Person will take place on the 31st August at 8pm Tickets cost £5 and are available to buy here.