Following our launch of Revolution Mix in October last year, we can now announce the names of our selected writers and the venues we will partner with, to create the largest ever national delivery of Black British stories in regional theatres. Revolution Mix will run 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.
Our project will work with sixteen writers, including Bruntwood Prize winner Janice Okoh and BAFTA/Mobo Award winning hip hop artist Akala, alongside Luke Bailey, Perrie Balthazar, Maurice Bessman, Leah Chillery, Lorna French, Tyrone Huggins, Afshan Lodhi, Archie Maddocks, Courttia Newland, Zodwa Nyoni, Chino Odimba, Juliet Gilkes Romero, Shamser Sinha and Paula B Stanic.
Revolution Mix will develop and produce an ambitious body of work which will include a series of middle-scale tours, two small scale tours, two films and a series of short dramas for radio. It will be delivered in partnership with a network of venues, which will include Bristol Old Vic,Northern Stage, Sheffield Theatres, West Yorkshire Playhouse, Hull Truck, The Royal Exchange Manchester, Liverpool Everyman & Playhouse, Birmingham Repertory Theatre, Belgrade Coventry, Salisbury Playhouse and the Royal Court Theatre. The project will culminate in 2018 with a year-long festival created by artists based all over the country, working with Eclipse Theatre Company and the partner theatres.
Speaking as he was announced as one of the writers Luke Bailey said “This kind of ambition and honesty is an unusual gift. As a writer I often feel like I'm stumbling around a dark room searching for a light switch: Revolution Mix feels like someone came into the room and flicked it on”
Writer Tyrone Huggins said “I have long been concerned that the performing arts in Britain are happy to appropriate stories from cultures outside its shores and very resistant to cracking open the stories that tell us who we are as a nation and how our culture got to where it is now. This is a chance to generate a broad body of work in one movement”.
James Brining, Artistic Director of West Yorkshire Playhouse said "I’m thrilled that the Playhouse is part of Eclipse Theatre’s pioneering Revolution Mix. To be part of such a fantastic project created in order to find, develop and harness the talent of new writers from diverse backgrounds presents a terrific opportunity. Leeds is an extremely diverse city and the scheme resonates with our own commitment to nurture new talent and create opportunities for new voices and talents to be developed."
Dawn Walton, Artistic Director of Eclipse Theatre Company said “Eclipse theatre launched Revolution Mix to enrich the canon of British theatre with the missing Black British story. Our starting point was to identify the underutilised Black Writing Talent that already exists across our regions. We were inundated with quality applications. Now we are ready to begin. With the talent and drive of our wonderful group of writers, the knowledge and experience of our partner theatres, Revolution Mix has an excellent foundation to develop, build and present this unique body of work.”
You can read the full press release, including short biographies for our chosen writers here