There’s a pressing issue facing theatre in the UK, and it’s not necessarily about diversity, inclusivity or equality: it’s about invisibility. The makeup of British society is evolving, yet when many groups – perhaps those with disabilities, transgender people, ethnic minorities, refugees, older citizens – look into the mirror of the arts, they see nothing reflected back. Our culture does not show them, or speak to (or for) them.
We’ve brought together leading voices and experts from the theatre world to discuss why the UK’s theatrical landscape seems untouched by our changing society. Co-curated and chaired by Iain Bloomfield, artistic director of Theatre in the Mill, this will be a far-reaching, boundary-pushing debate looking at the issues around making, showing and touring theatre, focusing on key questions such as whose stories do we tell, where and how do we tell them, and what does it mean? Iain is joined by Kully Thiarai (National Theatre Wales), Alan Lyddiard (The Performance Ensemble), Jenny Sealey MBE (Graeae) and Neil Darlison (Arts Council England) for what’s sure to be a challenging, informative event.