The Stage Special Feature: Race and theatre criticism

Today, as part of Stephen Lawrence Day, The Stage has published a special feature on race and theatre criticism, guest-edited by actor and Equity councillor Emmanuel Kojo and critic and playwright Naomi Obeng.

This crucial piece of work, which explores the impact of theatre reviews on performers and theatremakers of colour, why inaction is unacceptable and ways of making the necessary change happen, is allied to Equity's fight against racism.

Speaking to us today, Emmanuel Kojo said: "Myself and Naomi and the countless other activists and Equity didn’t wake up and want do this because we enjoy it, but because we believe in fighting for a cause that makes the changes we all want to see. That starts with accountability from those that have been doing harm."

As well as articles from the two guest editors, the feature includes a piece on Equity's recommendations for theatre critics, written by Ian Manborde, Equity's Equality and Diversity Officer.

Read the special feature on The Stage's website

The special feature contains the following articles, which are all free to read.

Emmanuel Kojo: Why I’m no longer talking about colour in the arts without active change

Naomi Obeng: Actions speak louder – let’s dismantle the imbalance that serves no one

’The history of UK theatre criticism is one of racism and prejudice’

On writing about race: Equity’s recommendations for theatre critics

Critiquing white normativity in arts journalism

Chris Frost: NUJ’s commitment to fair reporting extends to stamping out racism 

Structural reform is needed so critics can reflect theatre’s bigger picture

Natasha Tripney: Let’s embrace meaningful change as the industry recovers

Cherrelle Skeete: What is the role of the Black artist now?