Black Plays Series: Ritual and Performance (Week 6)

Saturday 5th December 2015

This session explores Caribbean folk myths, European folklore and Yoruba/Orisha rituals. In the process the playwrights reveal the struggle of the black working populations, the histories of Caribbean slavery and the development of African Diaspora cultures. With guest speaker Malika Booker,  writer, spoken word and multidisciplinary artist.

Plays covered:
Echo in the Bone by Dennis Scott,
Unplanned by Malika Booker
Carnival Messiah by Geraldine Connor.


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.