Monday, 6 September 2010


Welcome to the first blog of Our Place on the Stage. We are a collective of theatre practitioners, artists and musicians, bound by our commitment to producing exciting theatrical events that aim to give a voice to the left behind, and ask the questions no one else dares to. We actively seek to reach our communities and promote that theatre is for EVERYONE. 

Formed this year, Our Place on the Stage will host its first event during Black History month, in one of London’s most diverse Boroughs, Hackney.

Our Place on the Stage: A night of short plays and poems by Black Women writers
Thursday 28th October 2010, 7pm
Trinity Centre, Dalston

We are seeking to:
·         Produce work by some of the first ever Black Women to be published
·         Produce new work by emerging Black Women writers
·         Attract both new and regular theatre-goers, particularly people living in Hackney

The first wave of Black female playwrights wrote protest plays. These highly politicised and controversial works placed robust women at the heart of the narrative. Performed in intimate, busy and sweaty community venues such as Black-run social clubs, Church Halls and even sitting rooms, these plays explored the realities of women’s place in society.

We want to re-create the dangerous, high-stakes environment in which these plays were first performed. Can this even be achieved in 2010?

Put the date in your diaries, and erm.. SPREAD THE WORD!



Our Place on the Stage are seeking submissions from Women playwrights who identify themselves as of Caribbean and/or African heritage. We’re offering writers the opportunity to have their work performed alongside two of the first plays to be published by Black Women writers during a unique and exciting night of plays and poetry.

You can register your interest by emailing us at to be forwarded the writer's brief.

We are also seeking spoken word artists, poets and performers. If you would like to apply as a spoken word artist/performer please submit examples of your work (cv, weblinks, video etc)


  1. This looks really exciting! I would be really proud to be a part of this project especially as a mixed race Actress with Barbadian heritage. I think its about time we publicly embrace the first black female playwrights and their work!

    Laura Rollins

  2. Laura, thanks for getting in touch! Please drop us a line at with a little bit about yourself and how you would like to get involved. It would be fantastic to have you on board!

    Cheryl x