Eclipse Theatre Company led by Artistic Director Dawn Walton will spearhead the largest ever national delivery of Black British stories in regional theatres from 2015 – 2018, with the aim of provoking major change, tackling inequality and creating a lasting legacy within the UK’s theatrical landscape both onstage and off.
The project will see Eclipse Theatre Company, who co-produced tour of Sizwe Banzi is Dead (2014) with the Young Vic, One Monkey Don’t Stop No Show (2013) national tour with Sheffield Theatres and The Hounding of David Oluwale (2011) with West Yorkshire Playhouse, partner with a number of regional venues and commission plays from ten black writers. Six will write a middle scale production with one writing a small scale production, another will write a radio play and two will write short films. At least one of these pieces will be written with an all female cast in mind.
The work will be delivered as a series of tours and stand alone productions across the regions. This will be the biggest single delivery of black work ever seen in the UK – a year-long festival of diversity developed and delivered by regional artists with Eclipse Theatre Company working closely with all of the partner theatres. Eclipse Theatre Company are now keen to hear from writers, in particular from the North and South West regions, who have at least two short run theatre productions, radio plays, short films or TV credits.
Revolution Mix is supported with an Exceptional award from the Arts Council. It has been driven by the lack of Black British Culture in mainstream regional theatre and by the impact that Eclipse Theatre Company has made to date. At the core of the project is the importance of telling the missing Black British story and its place within the make-up of modern Britain.