How British theatre censorship laws have inadvertently created a rich archive of Black history
The rediscovery and subsequent performance of these works are discussed by Professor Kate Dossett in The Conversation.
For much of British history it was the state, not the masses, who censored the work of artists. Between 1737 and 1968 British theatre censorship laws required theatre managers to submit new plays intended for the professional stage to the Lord Chamberlain’s Office for examination and licensing.
In this way, the licensing of plays has inadvertently produced an extensive historical archive of surveillance and censorship.
Read Professor Dossett’s full article “How British theatre censorship laws have inadvertently created a rich archive of Black history.” on The Conversation website
Image: BBC Radio presenter Una Marson, reading a copy of the West Indian Radio Newspaper, during WWII. Picture by an unknown photographer. From Wikimedia Commons.