Current projectPress for Revolution Mix:
The British Blacklist - interview Dawn Walton Jul 2016
Media Diversified - interview with Dawn Walton Jun 2016
The Voice - Black History Theatre Project Gets £100K Boost May 2016
A Younger Theatre - Dawn Walton: Diversify What's On Stage May 2016
The Stage - funding & first commissions announced Apr 2016
Theatre Voice - Dawn Walton interview Mar 2016
The Independant - Dawn Walton interview Jan 2016
The Stage - Revolution Mix Launches Oct 2014
Evening Standard Oct 2014
Launch - Oct 2014
Birmingham Repertory Theatre
Bristol Old Vic
Liverpool Everyman & Playhouse
Royal Court Theatre
Royal Exchange, Manchester
West Yorkshire Playhouse
Juliet Gilkes Romero
Paula B Stanic
Revolution Mix - update
Work on the commissions is currently well underway and we have had some fantastic first drafts.
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Revolution Mix Outline:
Over the next three years ‘Revolution Mix’, created by Eclipse Theatre Company - Britain’s principal Black-led national touring company – will challenge inequality in theatre, television, radio and digital media.
‘Revolution Mix’ will be the largest ever national delivery of Black British stories, produced and performed in regional theatres. With an Exceptional Award of £249,141 from Arts Council England and £97,700 from the Heritage Lottery Fund, Eclipse aims to provoke major change in the cultural life of the UK, creating a lasting legacy in theatres both on and off-stage.
The Black British story is more than just slavery, immigration and teenage gang crime.
In early 2015, fifteen UK-based established and emerging writers were selected by Eclipse to develop work as part of the ‘Revolution Mix’ movement. Taking more than 500 years of Black and Asian British history as a starting point, the ‘Revolution Mix’ writers are creating and producing an ambitious body of work which will enrich the canon of British theatre with the untold British story.
13 writers and 12 partner venues across the country are now working with Eclipse to develop new theatre pieces, and the writers are also developing work in other mediums including film and radio.
From this body of ‘Revolution Mix’ stories, Eclipse Theatre Company will commission:
- 6 middle scale theatre plays
- 3 small scale touring plays
- 2 short films
- a series of radio plays
The first commissions will be announced in March 2016, with the first small scale tours set to open in spring 2017. Further theatre pieces will open and tour between September 2017 and April 2018, as part of a year-long festival which will also see delivery of the radio plays and short films. 2018 is also the 70th anniversary of the arrival of Windrush, a milestone which is often celebrated as the start of modern multicultural Britain. Acting as the antithesis to this, ‘Revolution Mix’ will delve deeper to explore Black British history long before, and since, Windrush, and tell the unheard stories which have helped shaped British culture.
As part of its ambition to leave a lasting legacy in regional theatres’ workforce, Eclipse will recruit a Cultural Ambassador in each partner city who will be trained to deliver audience development for the Revolution Mix tours, as well as offering placements for a new Producer, Production Manager, Director and Development Manager. Eclipse is also working with Traveleyes to innovate and increase access performances (specifically for the visually impaired) for Revolution Mix touring productions.