Birmingham City Council

Black and Asian Theatre and Dance

 

An Introductory Book List

Compiled by Arts, Languages and Literature Service, Floor 3, Central Library,
Chamberlain Square, Birmingham B3 3HQ, Telephone 0121 303 4227
Email: arts.library@birmingham.go.uk
www.birmingham.gov.uk/artslibrary

This select list is intended as an introduction to Library resources and websites. To locate works relating to theatre and dance please check the library catalogue or ask the staff for help. Lending copies can be requested at any Community Library, at the Central Library or through the online catalogue.

If you are visiting Birmingham Libraries, copies of the list can be obtained from Arts, Languages and Literature, Floor 3, Central Library, Chamberlain Square, Birmingham B3 3HQ and via your local Community Library.

It is hoped that the list will encourage and stimulate interest in black and Asian theatre.

ALDRIDGE, Sir Ira
ANDREWS, Naveen
ANWAR, Mina
AYOLA, Rakie
ARMATRADING, Tony

BARBER, Paul
BHASKAR, Sanjeev
BLACKWOOD, Richard
BLACKWOOD, Vas

CHANA, Ameet
CHARLES, Craig
CHAUDHRY, Saraj

DHARKER, Ayesha
DJALILI, Omid

EBRAHIM, Vincent

FEARON, Ray

GULATI, Shobna

HARRIS, Naomie
HENRY, Lenny
HOLDER, Ginny

JAMES, Lennie
JOHN-JULES, Danny
JOSHI, Indira

KALIDAS, Preeya
KISSOON, Jeffery
KWEI-ARMAH, Kwame

LEUNG, Katie

NAGRA, Parminder K.
NEWTON, Thandie

OYELOWO, David

QUARSHIE, Hugh

SALMON, Colin
SHAH, Pooja
SIMON, Josette
SYAL, Meera
TYSON, Cathy

VIRK, Paven
VITHANA, Kim

WADIA, Nina
WALKER, Rudolph
WYNTER, Angela

 

Biographies

Please note ALL (Arts, Languages adn Literature) material can only be used in the Library. Where indicated lending copies are available. Please ask your local library or check the catalogue for more information.

ALDRIDGE, Sir Ira
Marshall, Herbert (1958)
Ira Aldridge
ALL A920
LSH 792.028092

HENRY, Lenny
MARGOLIS, Jonathan (1995)
Lenny Henry
ALL A791.092
Lending copies available

Background Information

BOURNE, Stephen (1998, 2001)
Black in the British Frame: The Black Experience in British Film and Television
ALL A791.4308996041
Lending copies available

FRYER, Peter (1986)
Staying Power: the history of black people in Britain
Lending copies available

KHAN, Naseem (1976)
The Arts Britain ignores
ALL A791.0942

KHAN, Naseem & REINI, Schule eds. (1993)
Dancing a day: South Asian dance takes over the South Bank
ALL 793.30954
SOS A301.451

PINES, Jim (1992)
Black and White in Colour: Black People in British Television since 1936
ALL A791.45028
Lending copy available

STONE, Judy (1994)
Theatre: Studies in West Indian literature
ALL 828.997290209
Lending copy available

UGWU, Catherine ed.
Let's get it on: the politics of black performance
ALL EC 20403

Articles

Black and Asian British Dramatists information file.
Copies of these articles are available for use in the Library.
ALL 822.91 BLA

ALLFREE, Claire (2005)
Black British drama is moving into the West End. It is financially risky, but challenging.
The Independent, May 19, 2005

BLAIR, Thomas, L. (2005)
Afro-Brit New Wave June 8, 2005
http://tbwt.org/index.php?option=content&task=view&id=491&itemid

CAVENDISH, Dominic (2004)
It's boom time for black theatre but will it last?
arts.telegraph December 12, 2004
www.telegraph.co.uk/arts/main.jhtml?xml=/arts/2004/12/04/btblack02.xml&sSheet=/arts/2004/12/04/ixtop.html

CROMPTON, Sarah (2005)
The arts column: black British drama takes centre stage
arts.telegraph July 9, 2003

EDGAR, David (2005)
Attack!
The Guardian, Wednesday May 18, 2005
www.guardian.co.uk/arts/features/story/0,11710,1486457,00.html

KELLAWAY, Kate (2001)
My Kingdom for a part
The Guardian, July 8, 2001
http://observer.guardian.co.uk/theatre/story/0,10937,530378,00.html

KOLAWOLE, Helen (2003)
Look who's taking the stage - There's a quiet revolution shaking up British theatre and black and Asian women are leading it.
The Guardian, Saturday July 26, 2003
www.guardian.co.uk/arts/britishtheatre/story/0,12195,1005983,00.html

PHILLIPS, Caryl (2005)
Lost generation -At the end of the 1970s, black British theatre was booming. So why hasn't a play by a black writer appeared in the West End since then?
The Guardian, Saturday April 23, 2005
www.guardian.co.uk/arts/features/story/0,,1466847,00.html

Websites

www.southasiandance.org.uk
Find out about performances, training opportunities and other events at this website. You can search by type of event, region and dance style.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:British_actors
Find out about black and Asian Actors

Theatre and Dance Companies

Some examples of black British and Asian Theatre and Dance Companies

Drama

The Drum is Europe's first arts centre dedicated to developing and promoting African, Asian and Caribbean arts and culture.
144 Potters Lane, Aston, Birmingham, B6 4UU
Tel: 0121 333 2400
Email: info@the-drum.org.uk
www.the-drum.org.uk

NITRO formerly Black Theatre Co-operative, London, are committed to new writing by black writers.
6 Brewery Road, London, N7 9NH
Tel: 020 7609 1331
Email: info@nitro.co.uk
www.nitro.co.uk

Pan Centre for Intercultural Arts is involved in arts against racism and intercultural productions.
52 Foundling Court, Marchmont Street, London, WC1N 1AN
Tel: 020 7833 2111
Email: post@pan-arts.net
www.pan-arts.net

SAMPAD plays a significant role in promoting the appreciation and practice of the diverse art forms originating from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka.
c/o MAC, Cannon Hill Park, Birmingham B12 9QH
Tel: 0121 446 4312
Email: info@sampad.org.uk
www.sampad.org.uk

Talawa aims to provide high quality productions which use black culture and experience.
3rd Floor, 23-25 Great Sutton Street, London, EC1V 0DN
Tel: 020 7251 6644
Email: hq@talawa.com
www.talawa.com

Tamasha aims to reflect the Asian experience, adapting works of literature and classics, and commissioning new works
Unit E, 11 Ronalds Road, London, N5 1XJ
Tel: 020 7609 2411
Email: info@tamasha.org.uk
www.tamasha.org.uk

Tara Arts Group pioneering Asian theatre company set up by Jatinder Verma
Tara Arts Centre, 356 Garratt Lane, London SW18 4ES
Tel: 020 8333 4457
Email: tara@tara-arts.com
www.tara-arts.com/HTML/aboutus.htm


 

Dance

Badejo Arts present African performing arts in a contemporary context.
1, Forge Place, Ferdinand Street, London, NW1 8DQ
Tel: 020 7482 4292
Email:info@badejoarts.co.uk
http://home2.btconnect.com/badejoarts/accessibility.html#section_0

IRIE! Dance Theatre, committed to develop, creatively, a unique style of black British dance by combining African, Caribbean and Western contemporary dance forms.
Albany Centre, Douglas Way, London SE8 4AG
Tel: 020 8691 6099
Email: dance@irie.inuk.com
www.iriedancetheatre.org/

The KaLa Chethena Kathakali Company present classical South Indian dance drama.
1 Holland Road, Woolston, Southampton, SO19 9FW
Tel: 023 8042 0114
Email: info@kathakali.net
www.kathakali.net

Nilima Devi, presents Indian Classical dance
48-50 Churchill Street, Leicester, LE2 1FH
Tel: 0116 255 2862
Email: info@cicd.org.uk
www.cicd.org.uk

Shobana Jeyasingh Dance Company, present British contemporary dance,
drawing on Asian techniques and traditions.
Jerwood Space, 171 Union Street, London, SE1 0LN
Tel: 020 7928 6294
Email: admin@shobanajeyasingh.co.uk
www.shobanajeyasingh.co.uk

Sonia Sabri Company, London present Kathak dance and music in a modern way.
c/o CUE, Borough Hall, Royal Hill, London, SE10 8RE
Tel: 020 8858 7465
Email: gwen@cueperformance.com
www.ssco.org.uk/

Birmingham Shakespeare Library

The Birmingham Shakespeare Library production material and production reviews, and the Birmingham Repertory Theatre Archive contains material on actors such as:

Josetta Simon
Jeffrey Kissoon
Ray Fearon
Hugh Quarshie

The role of Othello is now very rarely performed by a white actor. Probably the first black actor in the part was Ira Aldridge, a famous 19th century black American actor.

The Birmingham Shakespeare Library also contains much interesting material on Black and Asian Shakespeare productions. Many productions of Romeo and Juliet, including the Birmingham Stage Company production, portray Romeo and Juliet falling in love across racial and cultural divides, often Asian or Black.

The Tempest has frequently been performed as a commentary on colonialism, Caliban and Ariel seen as oppressed natives. It was performed at the Birmingham Repertory Theatre in 1994 with Jeffrey Kisson playing Prospero, Tony Armatrading as Antonio, Rakie Ayola as Ariel and Jinny Holder as Miranda.

Julius Caesar is a political play about dictatorship, which has been extremely popular in Africa.

Macbeth has been adapted to many different countries. One of the most famous African productions is Umabatha, the Zulu Macbeth, 1977, revived in 2001 at Shakespeare Globe, London.

Please note We are not responsible for the content of other organisations' websites.




Shakespeare Library
Black History in Birmingham Libraries
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Black and Asian British Dramatists
Black and Asian British Fiction Writers
Black and Asian British Poets