Over the next 3 months, they will be reading a play from some of our favourite Black British writers and creating space to share thoughts and feelings on the work, followed by a Q&A with the writer themselves.
Each month they eill announce the play and playwright whose work you’ll be reading, with a link to purchase the playtext from publishers Nick Hern Books and Oberon Books.
Playtexts vary between £7.99 – £9.99. You may also be able to find these plays from other online retailers
For those who may need financial assistance in these particularly difficult times, they’ve set up Read Up: Give Out – a subsidy that will support readers by gifting them a playtext. They will have 20 copies per month and will open applications to apply on a first-come, first serve basis. They are relying on our community to be open and honest here – if you can afford to buy a playtext, please do not apply for subsidy. Help us continue to support those who need it most. An additional 10 copies each month will be gifted directly to specific community groups they work with. These won’t be open to the public.
This subsidy is available to Black communities.
The work Black Ticket Project prioritises Black communities. In this context, they define Black as of Black African, Caribbean, Afro-Latinx and African-American heritage, including those of mixed-Black heritage. For the Read-Up, they welcome non-Black allies to get involved and support Black British artists by purchasing playtexts and joining in the conversation online at #BTPReadUp.
For the live Q&A, anyone is welcome to join, but they will be prioritising access and questions for Black communities. The Read-Up: Give Out subsidy will only be open to Black communities.
The first play is Burgerz by Travis Alabanza!