Black Lives Matter

Barbican Theatre is an anti-racist organisation. 

We are proud of everyone across the world who is demanding change and are committed to being an active ally for Black people in Plymouth, Devon, the South West, the UK and internationally. 

The safety and livelihoods of Black people is not a trend, a passing black square or a distraction from C19. The Barbican Theatre is committed to doing our sustained share of the ongoing work to help make permanent changes worldwide.

Barbican Theatre had been using our closure as an opportunity to ask ourselves hard questions about how we support the growth of new creative voices and stories that might not otherwise be heard, and being an anti-racist organisation is core to that. 

We have been working hard as a team since we had to close our doors in April to re-evaluate the Barbican Theatre’s role as an arts organisation that supports talent development for all. All creative exploration and ideas. Across demographics. Across the social-economic divide. Across the representation. 

We are working across our collaborators and community to make sure that in all our work and actions moving forward Barbican Theatre is diverse, accessible and an equal and safe space for all. 

We all have a right to live, to be seen, to be heard, to be respected and to have a future. 

Barbican Theatre has been working across Plymouth for 40 years- but we promise not to become complacent. What does the Barbican staff and board team look like? How do we work? Who are we working with?  Does this work benefit all of us? 

We will:

  • not make Black artists carry the labour for us during this time – the onus is on everyone to learn and respond
  • continue to programme Black creatives and creatives with protected characteristics – never sidelined in their own strands, but part of our main offer
  • create a code of conduct for all of our partners to sign up to before any agreement begins. 
  • work proactively with the cultural sector of Plymouth and partners nationally and internationally to fight racism in all its forms and build a fair cultural sector for the future
  • make sure our work is affordable and accessible for all. 
  • make sure our buildings are equal and safe spaces for everyone. 
  • make sure all creative voices are given a chance to be heard, to have a future. 
  • continue to pay our freelancers decent rates and pay them quickly
  • continue our commitment to offer talent development opportunities for free to creatives and groups with protected characteristics
  • offer our support by providing access to our resources, equipment and digital skills
  • keep going outside of our space to collaborate with under-served communities
  • provide unconscious bias training for all staff
  • continue to work hard diversifying and developing our board membership
  • ensure Black creative professionals are part of our evaluation and review process
  • evaluate and publish our performance on an annual basis

We ask you, our friends and community to join with us to keep listening, reading and learning. 

We ask you, our friends and community to join with us to keep amplifying, platforming and supporting Black creatives and creatives with protected characteristics. 

In solidarity, because we all have a right to live, to be seen, to be heard, to be respected and to have a future. 

Laura Kriefman, CEO, Barbican Theatre 

(With thanks to Site Gallery, in Sheffield whose own example has helped us find the words to share with you our ongoing commitment to anti-racism)

They have also put together a brilliant set of resources which we’ve added to and would like to share with you:


Your Silence Will Not Protect You, Audre Lorde

Parable series, Octavia Butler

Kindred, Octavia Butler

Octavia’s Brood, edited by adrienne maree brown and Walidah Imarisha

Ain’t I A Woman: Black Women and Feminism, bell hooks

Me and White Supremacy, Layla F Saad

Black Britain: A Photographic History, Paul Gilroy

Brit(ish): On Race, Identity and Belonging, Afua Hirsch

Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race, Reni Eddo-Lodge

How To Be an Anti Racist, Ibram X. Kendi

Decolonising Utopia Resource list: A list of resources highlighting Black, Indigenous and decolonial studies including articles, books, artists and musicians.

The Good Immigrant, Edited by Nikesh Shukla

Natives, Akala

People/publications to follow:

Gal-dem magazine: an online and print publication committed to sharing perspectives from women and non-binary people of colour

Bitchmedia: contemporary feminist magazine highlighting Black Women and Women of Colour

ROOT-ed Zine: Independent zine & social platform for North West BAME creatives

Walidah Imarisha: also listen to her liberated archives talk

Dawn Walton

Eclipse Theatre


Beyond Face

Avant Garde Dance

Museum Detox

Black Cultural Archives

Chardine Taylor-Stone

UK Black Creatives Database

Black Arts/Creative/Community Organisations

1800+ Black Producers/Artists/Labels for Bandcamp Day

UK Charities / Organisations supporting Black people



Some great lists:

Extensive list of donations, petitions and contact links

Skindeep Mag

Crack Magazine

Sheffield Flourish


Funds for Black Artists:


Creative Debuts

Black Ticket Project



Online via the Barbican Theatre website (24 hours a day, 7 days a week)

Please note that the ticket prices listed are inclusive of all Booking Fees and Charges. See our Terms and Conditions for more details regarding this and on policies regarding exchanges, latecomers and more.

Tickets for this event are no longer available.