Call to action after theatre industry branded “hideously white”


LEADING theatre directors have called on the British Asian community to do more to support performers and writers after a damning report branded the industry “hideously white”. The report, commissioned by the Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation, said the odds are “stacked against minorities” as the lead actor is often white. It added ethnic minority talent is relegated to “secondary roles as hoods, hoodlums and hookers”. Andrew Lloyd Webber, the award-winning composer behind Bollywood Dreams, said he was alarmed at the findings which criticised drama schools for failing to tackle diversity. Jatinder Verma, founder of the Tara Arts theatre company, urged…

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