Storytelling and performance have been at the centre of Black traditions for as long as Black existence.
From griots and underground raves to protests and defiant speeches, Black performance translates across time, space and memory. In the UK, a growing current of contemporary Black British theatre takes shape as a powerful hub of imagination and creativity, inspiring Tobi Kyeremateng to ask: What is theatre in the context of Black expression?
In this unique and thorough assessment, Kyeremateng captures the gripping dynamics of Black expression through contemporary Black British theatre culture - from Yard Plays, cultural activism and Cabaret, all the way to Notting Hill Carnival, Grime, raves, and friends telling stories at the back of the top deck of a bus.
Combining elements of history, personal anecdotes and interviews, alongside layers of poetry and photography, A Quick Ting On: Theatre Sh*t explores the modern age of Black British theatre, dissecting and recontextualising what we know it to be.
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