Siana Bangura and Christina Nicole,in partnership with English Touring Theatre have announced a new podcast series Behind the Curtains, spotlighting Black creatives in the theatre industry.

This newly announced series hosted by Siana Bangura and Christina Nicole and co-produced by ETT, Bangura, and Nicole, will feature conversations with Black theatre-makers and creatives about their career experiences and navigating the current creative landscape.

The first episode of Behind the Curtains is set to be released on the 22nd October and will feature a discussion with Zodwa Nyoni and Corey Bovell focusing on Black British theatre history, as well as being a writer and adapting to working in the context of a pandemic.

Meanwhile, upcoming conversations will include conversations with Munotida Chinyanga, Hazel Holder, Alison Holder, Natalie Ibu, Madeleine Kludje, Toni Kyeremateng, Alysha Laviniere, Ingrid Mackinnon, and Shelley Maxwell. Episodes will be released fortnightly and are available via iTunes, Spotify, Soundcloud and Acast.

Talking about the news Siana Bangura said today, “The idea for this podcast came to me in 2018 but 2020 has provided fruitful soil for conversations like this to flourish. In such uncertain, challenging and emotionally testing times for us all, particularly if you are of a marginalised identity, centring the stories of our lives, told on our terms, is part of the work. Each person featuring in Behind the Curtains is brilliant in their own right and we hope their journeys, lessons, and reflections on the question of ‘What next?’ serve to inspire, encourage and lift the veil – or rather pull the curtain – on the business of making theatre, reminding us that the world still needs artists, creative people, and the people in the background, offstage, who are our much-needed backbone.”

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