tiata interventions: Black Ticket Project x tiata fahodzi presents #BTPReadUp
Like most companies and organisations, our activity for the year has shifted into a place of uncertainty. In these challenging times, it’s difficult to plan for the future without the ability to physically gather communities – something that lies at the heart of what we do. With that being said, the work doesn’t stop here. Theatre has gifted us many things, and the works of artists we admire is something that has pulled us through the past few weeks. So, we got talking to the good people over at tiata fahodzi – a Black theatre company that is has fallen out of love with “theatre” but is deeply in love with Black artists and stories – and are proud to present the Black Ticket Project Read-Up!
#BTPReadUp is your new favourite, stay-at-home link up. Grab your snacks, splash of juice or glass of Pink Moscato and cosy up next to some of the best playwrights – all while maintaining social distancing.
Over the next 3 months, we’ll be reading a play from some of our favourite Black British writers and creating space to share thoughts and feelings on the work, followed by a Q&A with the writer themselves. We have an incredibly peng line-up to compliment the spring sunshine.
We can’t wait to read-up with you!
SWEET – HOW WILL IT WORK?
Each month we’ll announce the play and playwright whose work we’ll be reading, with a link to purchase the playtext from publishers Nick Hern Books and Oberon Books.
Playtexts vary between £7.99 – £9.99. You may also be able to find these plays from other online retailers (though we’re a fan of supporting our local theatre publishers!).
For those who may need financial assistance in these particularly difficult times, we’ve set up Read Up: Give Out – a subsidy that will support readers by gifting them a playtext – on us. We will have 20 copies per month and will open applications to apply on a first-come, first serve basis (don’t worry, the application is more about gathering information we’ll need to be able to send you the playtext rather than a form asking you to justify your circumstances!). We are relying on our community to be open and honest here – if you can afford to buy a playtext, please do not apply for subsidy. Help us continue to support those who need it most. An additional 10 copies each month will be gifted directly to specific community groups we work with. These won’t be open to the public.
This subsidy is available to Black communities.
THIS SOUNDS FUN – CAN I JOIN IN?
The work Black Ticket Project (and our sisters over at tiata fahodzi) does prioritises Black communities. In this context, we define Black as of Black African, Caribbean, Afro-Latinx and African-American heritage, including those of mixed-Black heritage. For the Read-Up, we welcome non-Black allies to get involved and support Black British artists by purchasing playtexts and joining in the conversation online at #BTPReadUp. For the live Q&A, anyone is welcome to join, but we will be prioritising access and questions for Black communities. The Read-Up: Give Out subsidy will only be open to Black communities.
UPDATE: 9 JUNE 2020
Thank you to everyone who has taken part in #BTPReadUp so far. We’ve enjoyed sitting down with Travis Alabanza and talking about Burgerz, and reading Arinzè Kene’s debut play Estate Walls. For now, we’ll be pressing pause on #BTPReadUp while we take some time to respond to what’s happening in the world right now. The work we do centres Black makers, thinkers and doers, Black communities, Black families and friends, and we want to be of use to those communities right now. We’ll be back with #BTPReadUp soon. Hold tight, watch this space. Black Lives Matter.