Practitioner focus: Yvonne Brewster

David Johnson
Monday, March 1, 2021

In 1986, Yvonne Brewster directed Trinidadian writer and activist C. L. R. James’ play, The Black Jacobins, which tells the story of the Haitian revolution (1791–1804). Brewster had assumed her production would be a one-off project. She was in fact staging the first show by what would become Britain's longest running black theatre company to date.

 L-R Rakie Ayola (Goneril) & Debbie Korley (Regan) in Talawa Theatre's 30th anniversary King Lear, in 2016
L-R Rakie Ayola (Goneril) & Debbie Korley (Regan) in Talawa Theatre's 30th anniversary King Lear, in 2016

Jonathan Keenan

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