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It started with words on a page, which uncovered the depths and richness of our theatrical history. Every page turned revealed a new chapter of our existence, the blurry journey of the road trodden by our ancestors and the residue of unanswered questions that we still grapple to find answers to today.
From scripts found under beds, in dusty boxes and at the back of closets, the controversy around who owns our legacy tear at heartstrings and silences a room instantly. But the guilt from these thoughts soon erase from one's consciousness as the sound of a new generation of artists reconnecting with those same words fill the space that many never had the chance to sit, let alone hear their works performed.
So, when asked what is the reason for creating 'Beyond The Canon' the answer is simple; because we believe the responsibility of owning our legacy has to start with us.
HOW MANY PLAYS BY BLACK BRITISH WRITERS CAN YOU NAME?
This was the initial provocation that the Founder of Beyond The Canon, Simeilia Hodge-Dallaway, asked the artistic community after troubleshooting and managing the National Theatre: Black Play Archive where she discovered over 400 plays written by Black British playwrights staged in Britain over the last seventy years.
Years later, she began to expand her specialised library of plays to include plays written by a wider range of culturally diverse international playwrights
- until she grew an extensive library of work that she refers to as 'Beyond The Canon'.
The findings of Simeilia Hodge-Dallaway's Beyond The Canon' research has resulted in two two-book monologue anthologies for culturally diverse actors which is sold internationally and thus continues to provide a much needed voice to students and working actors across the globe.
FROM PAGE TO STAGE
Beyond The Canon does not fully fulfill its purpose if the work is not performed by actors or known by the greater artistic community and public.
Previously responsible for bringing plays like 'Moon on a Rainbow Shawl' by Errol John to the National Theatre's attention, which resulted to the 2012 stage revival, Simeilia continues to consult with many other theatres across the country to re-stage other plays from the Beyond The Canon library.
Through Beyond The Canon, Simeilia will continue to consult with theatres as well as produce, direct and cast revivals of some of these amazing plays to create international premieres.
In addition, the Beyond The Canon Showcases (previously, produced at RADA, East 15 Acting School, National Theatre, Chicago Dramatist and Courtyard Theatre will be developed into an international programme hosted by colleges, universities and theatres to provide actors of colour with the tools needed to develop their careers.