British East Asian writers have historically been unable to contribute virtually anything of note to UK theatre. To understand why, we should look to the sector’s layers of white, middle class gatekeepers, says Daniel York Loh.
A couple of years ago I attended an Artistic Directors of the Future (ADF) event at the Young Vic where Madani Younis was the keynote speaker. As usual Madani was impassioned and inspiring. He also paid tribute to an impressive list of “black and Asian” theatre makers/writers that had inspired him-Derek Walcott, Hanif Kureishi, Winsome Pinnock, Parv Bancil, Roy Williams, Sudha Buchar, Tanika Gupta, Ayub Khan Din -the list went on and on and on.
But not one single solitary East Asian writer or theatre-maker was mentioned...Keep reading on The Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting blog.