NEWS: Thespie Announces Series of Talks and Concerts Celebrating Black and LGBT+ Theatre Artists

The newly announced series of concerts and talks coincide with Black History Month (US) and LGBT+ History Month (UK) to help raise money for charity.

The theatre discovery platform has confirmed that it will be celebrating Black and LGBT+ theatre artists throughout February with eight new online  theatre and arts events.  

While this new initiative  is inspired by LGBT+ History Month (UK) and Black History Month (US) celebrations, it will look at theatre artists working today.

Leading the programme of events will be two marquee concert premieres. The first, is Breaking Free – a musical celebration with LGBT+ theatre artists, sharing their personal journeys and performances of musical theatre and pop songs that have inspired them. The cast includes Natasha Agnew, Paul Baker, Allie Daniel, Eloise Davis, Andrew Derbyshire, Nick Hayes, Mark Inscoe, Eleanor Kane, Millie O’Connell, Alex Thomas-Smith, Courtney Stapleton, La Voix, Andrew Patrick-Walker, Shona White, Layton Williams and Charlotte York. Proceeds will go to LGBT+ charity Stonewall UK. Break Free premieres on Friday 19th February at 8pm.

The second announced concert, is titled The Road to Prominence. This concert will focus on the work of Black musical theatre writers and composers, from the early twentieth century to today, including performances and interviews with leading UK theatre performers. The filmed concert is directed by Dominic Powell whose musical Cases is featured in the concert, alongside works such as The Wiz, The Color Purple, Ain’t Misbehavin’, and Shuffle Along. The cast includes Zoe Birkett, Adrian Hansel, Waylon Jacobs, Aisha Jawando, Bobby Little, Maiya Quansah-Breed, Alex Thomas-Smith and Andrew Patrick-Walker. Proceeds will go to Black Lives Matter UK. The Road to Prominence premieres on Friday, 26th February at 8pm. Both concerts will be available to stream on-demand following their premieres, and purchasers will have 72 hours to view.

Elsewhere, the In The Room series of free artist talks comprise conversations with performers and creators and about writing, rehearsal, and collaboration. It will feature Max Harwood  (February 3rd), star of the forthcoming film of Everybody’s Talking About Jamie, with cast members from the Leicester Curve production of The Color Purple in conversation with Dominic Powell (February 10th), and more to be announced later.

Finally, the informal  chat series Thespie Thursdays will feature artists Eloise Davis and Courtney Stapleton, Millie O’Connell, Genesis Lynea and Melanie La Barrie. These are free to view on the website.

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