Executive Producer, Tara Arts
The Black Theatre Live (BTL) consortium has been established to transform the national touring landscape for BAME companies and artists. BTL aims to achieve its ambition through a structured and systematic programme of small and mid-scale touring, and audience and sector development, supported by the Esmée Fairbairn.
The BLT consortium, encompassing a range of eclectic venues and led by Tara Art, has an inclusive programme of touring, marketing, outreach and audience development, including rural and urban locations; market towns, seaside locations and inner cities; producing theatres and receiving-houses; theatres and arts-centres nationwide; Arts Council England funded and un-funded organisations. Taken together the range of expertise and knowledge across the BTL venues represents a considerable contribution to actively support and develop touring opportunities for established and emerging BAME artists and companies.
Through BTL we are aiming to achieve change to the touring theatre landscape over the long-term by providing ground-breaking opportunities for BAME artists and audiences. In running a structured and systematic programme of audience development, review and evaluation, we aim to bring together a wide cross-section of white and BAME audiences. In doing so, we aim to guard against a mentality of ‘black theatre for black audiences’ and ‘white theatre over black theatre’.
By engaging actively with a diversity of audiences across England, in partnership with our venues and specialist consultants, we aim to change hearts and minds to ensure all our audiences gain an appreciation for the theatre of the BAME artists BLT seeks to support, profile and promote.
To achieve this we will tour, collaborate and co-produce seven national tours, and commissions eight regional BAME companies.