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Playing Juliet changed my life

| by Yasmin Alibhai-Brown

Colonialism, racism and Shakespeare. Yasmin Alibhai-Brown remembers a painful yet transformative teenage experience in 1960s Uganda

How to avoid tokenism

| by Tarik Elmoutawakil

Marlborough Theatre's Tarik Elmoutawakil shares his tips on how arts organisations and programmers can improve inclusion – without resorting to tick-box diversity

"When we first went to Europe we found another world"

| by Lyn Gardner

Working in Europe was a formative influence for Forced Entertainment. Continuing our Culture after Brexit series, Artistic Director Tim Etchells tells Lyn Gardner how travelling helped the company grow and reflects on what the future might hold for younger companies

Walking in different worlds

| by Kamarra Bell-Wykes

How can you bring indigenous communities into mainstream Australian performing arts? Ibijerri Theatre’s Kamarra Bell-Wykes reflects on the importance of creating new opportunities, building an education programme, and how the UK arts scene compares to Australia

Confessions of a live art programmer

| by Aaron Wright

What is 'good' and 'bad' work? Are we just looking to see ourselves represented? Should we rethink curating? As Fierce Festival opens in Birmingham, Artistic Director Aaron Wright shares some blazingly honest reflections on life, art and live art

“Deafblind people are the least integrated into society”

| by Viktoria Avdeeva

In Touch – a new inclusive play from Russia created with Graeae’s Jenny Sealey – lands at the National Theatre on 14 October. Producer Viktoria Avdeeva tells us how her work with deafblind actors has challenged perceptions and changed lives

How the Royal Court puts the world at the heart of its work

| by Eleanor Turney

This autumn sees new plays by writers from Chile, Syria and Ukraine at the Royal Court. Eleanor Turney explores the theatre’s workshop programmes around the world, which have had a profound influence on international and UK artists alike

A dance towards gender equality in the UK and India

| by Sarah Shead

There’s a lack of support for female choreographers in the UK and many other countries. Sarah Shead tells us how 2Faced Dance aims to change this and why its new touring programme features an all-female line-up of British and Indian dancemakers – plus watch the company's video diary in India

Will Edinburgh continue to be a marketplace for European theatre?

| by Lyn Gardner

Acclaimed companies from Europe, such as Ontroerend Goed and Aurora Nova, have built their international reputations at the Edinburgh Fringe. Producers from Belgium, Germany, Finland and the Czech Republic tell Lyn Gardner why the Fringe is a crucial date for them – and whether they will continue to head there after Brexit


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