Black Plays Series: Political Awakenings (Week 4)

Saturday 21st November 2015

Revolutions and coups from Haiti to Trinidad and Brixton feature in this session discussing the under-explored histories of the African Diaspora experience. Empire, colonialism and globalisation are key themes but important to all the plays are the questions of identity and race.

Plays covered:
Ragamuffin by Amani Naphtali
Rough Crossings by Caryl Phillips
Early Morning by Oladipo Agboluaje
Coups and Calypsos by M NourbeSe Philip.


National Theatre’s Black Plays Archive
Most of the plays covered in this series can be found in the Black Plays Archive. This is an online catalogue of the first professional production of every African, Caribbean, and Black British play produced in the UK. In addition to the catalogue there are a number of contextual resources, including audio recordings of play extracts, essays and video interviews.