David Harewood recently played the part of a historically white right-winger in the play Best of Enemies at the Young Vic. The hit TV show Bridgerton reimagines a British history in which Black aristocracy rubs shoulders with the white upper classes in Regency England.
Are these portrayals liberating, or are they whitewashing a painful history of colonialism and slavery? Should Black people be cast in roles of racist right-wingers and the slave-owning class?
Joining broadcaster and diversity champion Marcus Ryder to discuss this will be actor Kobna Holdbrook-Smith, Pamela Jikiemi, who is currently rewriting RADA’s curriculum in an attempt to decolonise it, and academic Jami Rogers, who recently published the book Black and Asian Shakespearians.
Join in this timely conversation about colour-blind casting, and its pros and cons