Beyond 2020: Online Panel Discussion

In Good Company , Digital Events
Friday 11 December 2020

Part of Departure Lounge: Staycation

Zoom: 1:30pm - 3:30pm

Cost: £5

All bookings must be made before 8am on Friday 11 December to ensure you receive the link to view this event online.

Hosted by Lyn Gardner. Panelists include Tobi Kyeremateng, Sarah Brigham, Alan Lane and Amahra Spence

BSL Interpreted & Captioned

Running Time: 2 hours (inlcuding ten minute break)

Theatre makers come together for a fascinating and insightful discussion with industry movers and shakers, led by Lyn Gardner, to talk about the future of the theatre industry and how it can survive and thrive by putting community at the heart of what it does.


Tobi Kyeremateng is a multi award-winning Cultural Producer with 9 yearsí experience in performance, festivals and film. Recent credits include: The Future Is Near (Tate Modern), JíOuvert (Theatre503), BABYLON Festival (Bush Theatre), AFRO-CITY Festival (Roundhouse), Pagans (Old Vic Theatre). Film credits include: ëWishboneí (NOWNESS) and ëSecret Life of Gsí by Caleb Femi, and ëRoots For A Crowní (NOWNESS, 180 The Strand: Prada Mode) by Julianknxx.

Tobi has worked with organisations such as: AFROPUNK, Apples and Snakes, Battersea Arts Centre, gal-dem, Nike and Samsung, and has won awards including: ëInspiration of the Yearí Award (Stylist Magazineís inaugural Remarkable Women Awards 2019), ëBest Producerí (inaugural Black British Theatre Awards 2019) and Judgeís Highly Commended ëArts & Cultureí Award (Women Of The Future Awards 2019).

She is the founder of award-winning initiative Black Ticket Project and is currently writing her debut non-fiction book, ëTHEATRE SH*Tí, to be published by Jacaranda Books in 2021.


Sarah Brigham is the Artistic Director and CEO of Derby Theatre, where she has championed a new way of working through creating the learning theatre model and the Derby CAN Producing Hub.


Alan Lane is Artistic Director of Slung Low, a theatre company that specialises in making large outdoor peopleís theatre. They manage the oldest Working Menís Club in Britain as a community and arts centre on a Pay What You Decide basis and during the Covid Crisis run a non-means tested food bank.


Amahra Spence is a cultural producer, theatremaker, writer and multidisciplinary artist. Her works include sold out premier runs of 'Abuelo' and 'Concubine' (Birmingham REP), plus commissions from Apples & Snakes, Derby Theatre, BBC and others.

In 2013, she became the founder of MAIA, an organisation nurturing artists as systems thinkers, and support them in striving for justice, through platforming, resource redistribution, programming and building social infrastructure.

In Spring 2021, MAIA will launch YARD, an arthouse and residency space in Birmingham. The project catalyses the first phase of development for ABUELOS, the artist-led hotel and cultural hub, redistributing the cultural sector's hospitality spend to nurture a space and practices built on the values of ancestry, joy and reclamation.

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