Thank You


The National Theatre’s Black Plays Archive project was initiated by the playwright and former NT Associate Kwame Kwei-Armah. Throughout the project academics, practitioners, funders and volunteers have all contributed to its development.Those who have worked on the producing strand of the project in creating video and audio resources are credited throughout the site



Arts Council England

Sustained Theatre



Black Cultural Archives


We would especially like to thank Hannah Ishmael, Assistant Archivist at Black Cultural Archives whose support contributed to the research on the Black Plays Archive project.  


We would like to thank the following individuals, their expertise and support has been invaluable:

Michael Abbensetts, Mojisola Adebayo, Oladipo Agboluaje, SuAndi, Martin Banham, Ed Berman, Michael Bhim, Steven Bourne, Yvonne Brewster, Linda Brogan, Michael Buffong, Burt Caesar, Ellen Cairns, Julia Calver, Topher Campbell, Elena Carter, Colin Chambers, Susan Croft, Felix Cross, Pat Cumper, Anna Evans, Bernadine Evaristo, Karen Fisher, Malcolm Fredrick, Segun Lee French, Sarah Garrod, Hugo Glendinning, Lynette Goddard, David Gregory, Isobel Hawson, Philip Hedley, David Hermanstein,Tyrone Huggins, Rhian Hughes, Saul Hyman, Alby James, Thomas Kell, Arinze Kene, Nicolas Kent, Don Kinch, Anthony Ekundayo-Lennon, Valerie Mason-John, Mustapha Matura, Michael Mayhew, Murray Melvin, Kerry Michaels, Courttia Newland, Deirdre Osborne, Maria Oshodi, Michael Pearce, Anton Philips, Winsome Pinnock, Imran Rahman, Paulette Randall, Paul Reid, Ramona Riedzewski, Dr Suzanne Scafe, Raja Shakiry, Michael Simmons, Lemn Sissay, Hannah Smith, Derek Walcott, Edgar Nkosi White, Roy Williams, Ge Zhang



Dionne Farrell, Flavia Lamprecht, Callissa Mitterbach, Akash Sikah, Stephen Strauss


For the National Theatre:

Project Manager: Natasha Bonnelame: 2011 - 2014

Project Manager: Simeilia Hodge-Dallaway:  2009 - 2010


In addition to a number of staff across the organisation we would like to especially thank the following National Theatre departments: Archive, Digital Media, Learning, NT Studio, Publications and Sound


Archives and Organisations:

Black Cultural Archives

Clean Break Theatre Company

Future Histories

George Padmore Institute

Goldsmiths University


Islington Local History Centre

Leeds University


Ovalhouse Archive

Pilot Theatre

Royal Shakespeare Company 

Talawa Theatre Company

Tiata Fahodzi

The Albany

The Royal Court

The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust

The Theatre and Performance Department, Victoria & Albert Museum

Theatre Royal Stratford East Archive

West Yorkshire Playhouse



To individuals not listed and to the staff of the many archives we have consulted we extend our thanks.