Black theatre company pulls Birmingham Rep season over Nightingale court

Talawa said theatre’s decision to host court cases did not align with its commitment to black artists and communities

A black theatre company has pulled out of a season at the Birmingham Rep in Autumn 2021 after the venue announced it was hosting a nightingale court.

Talawa, established as the first professional black theatre company in Britain in 1986, was due to stage a “Black Joy season” at Birmingham Rep, but said they were forced to pull out after the theatre announced its decision, along with the library of Birmingham, to hire out spaces to the Ministry of Justice to court cases from December 2020 to June 2021.

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