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GRiT: Legacies of Slavery in Plays by Black British Women Playwrights

Venue: Online

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This talk explores how legacies of slavery are represented in contemporary Black British women’s plays and performances. I consider how and why slavery is represented today and explore examples of plays that illustrate how Black women playwrights connect the past to the present by exploring important historical incidents with reference to contemporary concerns. I will suggest that these contemporary plays bear witness to the past while empowering Black women in the retellings of these stories in the present.


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  • Lynette Goddard -

    Lynette Goddard is Professor of Black Theatre and Performance at Royal Holloway, University of London. Their teaching and research is focused on contemporary Black British playwriting with a focus on the intersectional politics of race, gender, and sexuality. Their book publications include Staging Black Feminisms: Identity, Politics, Performance (2007), Contemporary Black British Playwrights: Margins to Mainstream (2015) and Errol John’s Moon on a Rainbow Shawl (2017). They are currently working on two research projects about Black British theatre directors’ processes and productions and a project about how race is portrayed in contemporary plays through such themes as race, immigration and asylum, race, Black communities and the police, race and religion, race and the legacies of slavery, and race and the rise of right-wing politicians.