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Review – Othello (Lawrence Batley Theatre, 2018)

This production is the centrepiece of a wider piece of work called The Othello Project, curated by Abdul-Rehman Malik – a series of bespoke, multi-art events in response to the production, to provide a platform to some of the most exciting Muslim artists and writers working in the UK today. The project is co-produced by […]

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An Audience with Kathleen Cleaver (or the Spectacle of Mr Next Question & Mrs No It Doesn’t Exist)

Last week, Tribe attended a conference event featuring eminent former Black Panther member, Kathleen Cleaver, organised by the Black Studies department of Birmingham City University. Right from the outset, I can tell you these events are severely few and far between in the UK, and I was excited about how it would all go; the […]

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Review – Frankenstein (2018)

This new adaptation of Frankenstein marks the 200th anniversary of Mary Shelley’s novel and Matthew Xia’s return to the theatre since his tenure as Associate Artistic Director.   It’s always exciting to see radical, rarely performed genres on the British stage, and the promise of a good horror or a gory thriller definitely fits the […]

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Review – Black Men Walking (2018)

Black Men Walking is the first production of a 3-year programme of work called Revolution Mix, spearheaded by Eclipse Theatre. A marathon-walk through 2,000 years of British history, and not a single white person in sight! Black Men Walking is a defiant and proud look back into our nations past to uncover the lost and […]

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Are We In Or Out?

The oft-used terms of “working twice as hard” and “struggle” are ubiquitous within the industry and because of this can seep into becoming a stereotype, old, used and dashed-about, a tiresome and frustratingly familiar excuse that becomes to inform and describe the mindset of the Black artist. But, from my own experience, this stereotype couldn’t [...]
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Jamal Harewood’s: Privileged | A Review

The blurb for this show in short said it was about Polar Bears and tackling issues of race. Intrigued? I certainly was. We entered the space to find a Polar Bear (Jamal in costume) asleep amongst strewn chicken bones. The use of fried chicken throughout the piece was a simple device that spoke to me [...]
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A Young Lad and his Giant Peach!

Hey Tribe Can I just say James and the Giant Peach is a wonderful story by one of my favourite author's Roald Dahl. It was so exciting to see an adaptation at my local theatre, the West Yorkshire Playhouse! What a tribute it was. With a refreshingly talented ethnically diverse cast, a beautiful psychedelic set [...]
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Tribe Arts | A new venture awaits!

Duh Duh Duuuuuuuh! Yes its that dramatic, welcome to the first blog post of Tribe Arts, we are a collective of British Black and Asian artists exploring new and hidden stories through our own experiences (This may change, as we're still figuring that out). Tribe Arts came together in 2013 part of Black History month, [...]
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