National Theatre marks Black Plays Archive’s 10th anniversary

The National Theatre has launched a new digital platform for the Black Plays Archive as the online resource marks its 10th anniversary.

Visitors to the new website can explore a catalogue of the first professional production of Black British, African and Caribbean plays produced in the UK from 1909 to the present day.

The digital archive aims to help practitioners, teachers, students and academics to discover lesser-known scripts, encourage the commissioning or restaging of these works, and support the teaching of more diverse texts on the syllabus. It includes more than 850 plays and over 300 Black British, African and Caribbean writers, including Pocomania from Jamaican writer Una Marson, Moon on a Rainbow Shawl by Errol John and works from contemporary writers including Winsome Pinnock, Roy Williams and Dipo Baruwa-Etti. Other highlights include a vast array of resources including a wealth of video and audio recordings of play extracts and interviews.

To access the Black Plays Archive, visit

Photo: Racheal Ofori in the 2019 production of Three Sisters © The Other Richard