Produced by Nu Century Arts, Birmingham, in the UK, in partnership with the Octavia Foundation, Margins to Mainstream: The Story of Black Theatre in Britain is a groundbreaking film that builds on previous theatre heritage projects delivered by Nu Century Arts, that explores the history and heritage of black theatre in Britain.
Margins to Mainstream: The Story of Black Theatre in Britain “examines the different interpretations of ‘Black British Theatre’ as a label and genre and catalogues the incredible contribution of black actors, producers and playwrights to the UK theatre tradition. Featuring previously unseen footage of seminal plays, fascinating interviews with theatre heavyweights, ‘Margins to Mainstream’ tells the story of a dynamic art.” [OF]
Historians, playwrights, producers and actors that contributed and appear in the film include Courttia Newland, Javone Prince, Kwame Kwei-Armah, and Pat Cumper.
Filming took place throughout the summer months in 2011, and the film premiered at The Drum Arts Centre, in Birmingham, last year, and continues to travel the film screening circuit throughout London, Birmingham and the rest of the country and made available to theaters, arts and community groups and other interested groups.
We’re waiting for word of a home video as well as international release for those outside the UK.
While we wait, check out the trailer: