From Mainstream Theatres to Synergy Theatre Project: Black Men's Participation in 'Urban' Plays in Prison

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This paper compares how urban-themed black British playwriting can be understood within mainstream and applied theatre contexts. The paper first examines the focus of the mainstream theatre’s education packs for productions of Kwame Kwei-Armah’s Elmina’s Kitchen and Roy Williams’s Fallout before exploring how black men’s participation in Synergy Theatre Project’s productions of the same two plays at Her Majesty’s Prison Brixton impacts on participants and audiences in line with some of the key principles of applied theatre practice in prisons.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)332-345
JournalResearch in Drama Education
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2013


  • Prison Theatre, Synergy Theatre, Black British Urban Plays, Black Male Prisoners

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