Black Ticket Project is creating opportunities for young Black people to access theatre.
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THE STORY

In 2016, Inua Ellams' 'Barber Shop Chronicles' made its debut at the National Theatre - a compelling, explosive, funny and charming story connecting Black men in barbershops all over the world. Despite the international success of Barber Shop Chronicles, it felt like something was missing in the audience development of the show.

Noticing this, Tobi - with the help of friends - paid for 30 Black young people to see the show, outreaching via social media. In early 2018, she officially partnered with the National Theatre to fundraise for over 250 Black young people to see ‘Nine Night’ by Natasha Gordon and directed by Roy Alexander-Weise.

Altogether, across both shows, over 300 Black young people have visited the National Theatre. For many of them, it would’ve been the first time they were going to the theatre.

Representation beyond seeing a reflection of yourself, means that more diverse stories will be told, with more complex and interesting characters on a variety of issues, and more people from underrepresented backgrounds will have agency to tell those stories. We want to open up the doors to the theatre-world on a more consistent and long term basis by starting the process to make this official.

Accessing theatre isn't just about what you see, but also how you experience a venue once you're inside. The journey starts from your front door to your theatre seat.

The Black Ticket Project is a project that will give Black people, particularly young Black people, the opportunity to experience the theatre for free or at a discounted rate, in the hope of widening the artistic palette of Black young people and exposing them to new forms of expression that truly represents them.

NINE NIGHT

At the beginning of 2018, Tobi partnered with the National Theatre and launched a crowdfunder titled #BlackNineNight to raise money for 240 Black young people to see Nine Night, written by Natasha Gordon and directed by Roy Alexander-Weise. Nine Night is a play about sorrow, traditions and family, focusing on the Jamaican tradition of ‘Nine Nights’ of mourning when someone passes away.

In just 3 days, she had raised almost £2500. Tobi connected with youth groups, charities, organisations and individuals that they felt would be interested in the show. In total, she managed to gift 253 Black young people a ticket to the show.

MOVING FORWARD

Since then, Tobi has partnered with several theatre organisations such as Battersea Arts Centre, Old Vic Theatre, Bush Theatre and Ambassadors Theatre Group to create more opportunities for young Black audiences.

At the end of 2018, it is estimated that over 1000 young Black people would've accessed more than 1 theatre production through Black Ticket Project.

WHY WE NEED YOUR HELP

In looking at different ways of making Black Ticket project sustainable, what was discovered through the crowdfunders was that community action and ambassadoring led to the success of raising money. We are looking for dedicated Patreons that care about expanding the experiences of young Black people to support this journey. We are looking for people that want to make tangible change.

ABOUT THE FOUNDER

Tobi Kyeremateng is a theatre, festival and live performance producer based in South West London, specialising in artist development, artistic collaboration and community engagement. She is currently Producer at Apples and Snakes and Executive Producer (Up Next) at Bush Theatre
Tiers
High-Fiver!
$5 or more per month
Tens Across The Board
$10 or more per month
Star Patreons
$20 or more per month
Black Ticket Ambassador
$100 or more per month
THE STORY

In 2016, Inua Ellams' 'Barber Shop Chronicles' made its debut at the National Theatre - a compelling, explosive, funny and charming story connecting Black men in barbershops all over the world. Despite the international success of Barber Shop Chronicles, it felt like something was missing in the audience development of the show.

Noticing this, Tobi - with the help of friends - paid for 30 Black young people to see the show, outreaching via social media. In early 2018, she officially partnered with the National Theatre to fundraise for over 250 Black young people to see ‘Nine Night’ by Natasha Gordon and directed by Roy Alexander-Weise.

Altogether, across both shows, over 300 Black young people have visited the National Theatre. For many of them, it would’ve been the first time they were going to the theatre.

Representation beyond seeing a reflection of yourself, means that more diverse stories will be told, with more complex and interesting characters on a variety of issues, and more people from underrepresented backgrounds will have agency to tell those stories. We want to open up the doors to the theatre-world on a more consistent and long term basis by starting the process to make this official.

Accessing theatre isn't just about what you see, but also how you experience a venue once you're inside. The journey starts from your front door to your theatre seat.

The Black Ticket Project is a project that will give Black people, particularly young Black people, the opportunity to experience the theatre for free or at a discounted rate, in the hope of widening the artistic palette of Black young people and exposing them to new forms of expression that truly represents them.

NINE NIGHT

At the beginning of 2018, Tobi partnered with the National Theatre and launched a crowdfunder titled #BlackNineNight to raise money for 240 Black young people to see Nine Night, written by Natasha Gordon and directed by Roy Alexander-Weise. Nine Night is a play about sorrow, traditions and family, focusing on the Jamaican tradition of ‘Nine Nights’ of mourning when someone passes away.

In just 3 days, she had raised almost £2500. Tobi connected with youth groups, charities, organisations and individuals that they felt would be interested in the show. In total, she managed to gift 253 Black young people a ticket to the show.

MOVING FORWARD

Since then, Tobi has partnered with several theatre organisations such as Battersea Arts Centre, Old Vic Theatre, Bush Theatre and Ambassadors Theatre Group to create more opportunities for young Black audiences.

At the end of 2018, it is estimated that over 1000 young Black people would've accessed more than 1 theatre production through Black Ticket Project.

WHY WE NEED YOUR HELP

In looking at different ways of making Black Ticket project sustainable, what was discovered through the crowdfunders was that community action and ambassadoring led to the success of raising money. We are looking for dedicated Patreons that care about expanding the experiences of young Black people to support this journey. We are looking for people that want to make tangible change.

ABOUT THE FOUNDER

Tobi Kyeremateng is a theatre, festival and live performance producer based in South West London, specialising in artist development, artistic collaboration and community engagement. She is currently Producer at Apples and Snakes and Executive Producer (Up Next) at Bush Theatre

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Tiers
High-Fiver!
$5 or more per month
Tens Across The Board
$10 or more per month
Star Patreons
$20 or more per month
Black Ticket Ambassador
$100 or more per month