Last month a historical event took place in the Capital. The #WeAreVisible photoshoot took place on at Shakespeare’s Globe in Southwark, London. This exciting event captured an epic moment, shining a spotlight on over 250 magnificent Black Womxn who work in theatre. Inspired by the iconic Great Day in Harlem image by Art Kane of living jazz legends, #WeAreVisible was an opportunity to celebrate the contributions of Black Womxn in the theatre sector. ‘Womxn’ is written as an inclusive word that recognises non-binary people and trans women.
The photo included broadcaster and journalist Brenda Emmanus, Natstaha Gordon (writer of the West End play Nine Night); actresses Sharon Duncan-Brewster, Judith Jacobs, Jocelyn Jee Esien, Sapphire Joy, Suzette Llewellyn, Josephine Melville, Cherelle Skeete and former Artistic Director of Talawa Theatre Patricia Cumper MBE.
Black Womxn in Theatre (BWIT) developed from a conversation that brought womxn closer together. Inspired by generations of talent and trailblazers, and a new generation of theatre makers, the events have been devised to create a space that encourages womxn to share and celebrate their experiences.
The campaign intends to reclaim and takeover spaces where Black Womxn might otherwise not be seen and to celebrate black womxn who run venues. The next event will be this autumn at the Bush Theatre in celebration of Lynette Linton’s appointment as Artistic Director. Future events will take over theatre spaces across the country.