Next Tuesday 8th June, Exeter’s Northcott Theatre presents a free online discussion event of particular interest to the theatre’s audiences and those who live in Exeter and the surrounding Devon area.
Entitled “Considering Representation and ‘Voice'”, the event invites an experienced panel of cultural and arts experts to look at the stories that have been discovered in the Northcott Theatre’s archive and discuss how this knowledge can be used to shape the future culture of Exeter and the South West.
The questions they plan to explore are:
Whose stories have been told? Who is telling them? And where are the gaps? The theatre’s archive reveals some attempts at telling stories about people with diverse heritages – as well as attempts to address the lack of representation of arts practitioners and communities with diverse heritages including African diaspora people, South, East and South East Asian diaspora people, and recent immigrants to Exeter and Devon.
How have these stories been told and presented? Who is the voice behind the communication and promotion of these works and what role do they have in the way ethnically diverse people’s stories are told? The way the theatre’s programme is shared and received is documented in detail in the archive through material such as press cuttings, which provide an insight into the viewpoints and interpretations that have been promoted historically.
The role of theatre in addressing diversity and inclusion has also been acknowledged but is generally low on the agenda. So how do we present and showcase difficult parts of history? Where is the line between cultural appreciation and cultural appropriation? And can theatre entertainment be effective as education/activism?
Finally, how does some of the material in the archives link with themes/concerns today? And how can we equip researchers and audiences moving forward to create positive change?
The free online event takes place at 7.00pm and you can register to watch the event here