Realism and Racism

An excerpt from a message from a recent graduate, now living in the UK, where there is a debate about the importance of the ethnicity of actors and questions of authenticity.


I thought this might be of interest:

https://www.thestage.co.uk/news/2017/julian-fellowes-agree-odd-not-diverse-cast-half-sixpence/?utm_content=buffer36dfc&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook.com&utm_campaign=buffer

There’s been a lot of talk in the theatre circles here about casting, in period dramas and otherwise, as well as discussions and protests about cultural appropriation (for example the protests against Howard Barker’s play: https://www.thestage.co.uk/news/2016/londons-print-room-criticised-for-racist-casting-in-chinese-roles/), with most people making sweeping statements about the ‘purpose’ of theatre, and what it ‘should’ do.

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