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Whether you are studying a play in class, in need of an audition monologue or are curious to learn something new, you are in the right place.  

In this specialist section for students, you can learn about playwrights in interviews, listen to extracts of plays, explore plays in our production database, and find monologues.

Curious about a career in theatre? Find volunteering opportunities, placements and more from the National Theatre (located on the South Bank) and the National Theatre Archive (located next to the Old Vic Theatre on the Cut) – these links open in new tabs.

Want to know even more? Why not head over to That Black Theatre Podcast to learn more from PhD student Nadine Deller, who interviews everyone from playwright Roy Williams, to Black Theatre scholar Leni Goddard.

Explore interviews

Want to know more about a practitioner? Listen to them in interviews made specifically for the Black Plays Archive.

Explore monologue resources

Need an audition monologue? Check out this variety of classic and contemporary pieces by Black writers.

Spotlight on: Winsome Pinnock

Winsome Pinnock.
Winsome Pinnock. Photo © Geraint Hill

Born in North London, Winsome Pinnock is an award-winning playwright, academic and dramaturg. She has been celebrated widely for her work within the British theatre industry and has acted as a guide to many up and coming writers. In 1995, her play Leave Taking became the first play by a Black British woman to be staged at the National Theatre.

Her plays include: The Wind of Changeat Half Moon; Leave Taking at Liverpool Playhouse Studio, the National Theatre, the Belgrade Coventry, Lyric Studio Hammersmith and Bush Theatre;Picture Palacefor Women’s Theatre Group;A Hero’s Welcome for Women’s Playhouse Trust at the Royal Court Theatre Upstairs;A Rock in Waterand Talking in Tongues at the Royal Court Theatre Upstairs;Mulesfor Clean Break on a tour of British prisons and at Royal Court Theatre Upstairs, Magic Theatre San Francisco and Mark Taper Forum, Los Angeles;Water, One Under and How Long is Never? Darfur: A Response at the Tricycle;The Principles of Cartographyat the Bush;Titubaat Hampstead; and Rockets and Blue Lightsat the Royal Exchange Manchester and the National Theatre, and on BBC Radio 3 and Radio 4. 

Learn more about Winsome Pinnock’s plays within the Black Plays Archive.

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Listen to our Podcast

Explore That Black Theatre Podcast, hosted by PhD student Nadine Deller focusing on all things Black Theatre and its history in the UK.

Play extracts

Explore audio recordings of plays like Leave Taking, Sing Yer Heart Out for the Lads and more.

Essays and articles

Explore relevant academic essays and articles covering the works of playwrights and theatre-makers from within the Black Plays Archive.

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National Theatre Archive

Dive into an exciting world of theatre history inside the National Theatre Archive. This link opens in a new tab.