Annette Brook, 15 January 2017

I called this session as a mixed race playwright who would like to see more

representation of mixed race characters on stage.

Mixed race is a problematic term and can mean different things. People are often

worried about saying the wrong thing about race and so don't address it at all as

people don't fix the boxes. Often doesn't occur to be people that there could be mixed

race characters and stories.

One attended said she was tired of not being in control of the work/stories being told to

create as a performer.

The question of ‘where are you from?’

Deflecting racist/sexist jokes by asking the person telling them to explain.

Parent/child question - people not believing you are related.

Mainstream TV need to support a diverse programming agenda without tokenism. Dr

Who addressing this. Film - Star Wars addressing this - imagining a different worlds so

of course be as diverse as possible. TV more accomodating. Also advertising - recent

Lloyds ad with Black/white gay couple.

Too many patricarchal stories of heroes and villains.

National Theatre: Rufus Norris is trying to change things in terms of race with a strong

Black programme.


All theatre has a moral responsibility to represent a broad range of people and show

distinctions in culture but are risk averse.

Examples of mixed race characters/stories in film:


Loving (just released)

A United Kingdom



Race, Mixed Race, Identity, Diversity, race, diversity, identity

Comments: 3

Amy Clare Tasker, 16 January 2017

Thanks so much for this session, Annette!

To anyone reading who identifies as mixed race or cross-cultural: you are invited to share your story for my verbatim project

Home Is Where…

We are creating a performance that brings us all together in the in-between space, a community where none of us fit in the

existing tick-boxes. As one of our interviewees put it, ‘we belong in our not-belonging.’

Twitter: @wearehyphenated

We are putting together a devising day in open space (in London) soon. Please get in touch if you would like to join in!

[email protected]

Annette Brook, 18 January 2017

Thanks Amy - great to have you there!

Annette Brook, 18 January 2017

BBC Three Video on Mixed Race

Excellent - sums up exactly what we were discussing.