Kwame Kwei-Armah new season at Young Vic

I think – as I blogged about earlier – that bringing Kwame Kwei-Armah as the  Artistic Director of the Young vic is going to be important for London theatre and perhaps the wider arts.

(Behind a pay wall but) his recent interview in the FT is a good read on his vision for his first season:  

“I lived through the Brixton riots, the Southall riots, the Tottenham riots, the Wood Green riots. So I wasn’t spooked by it. What I knew through them, however, was that art can be made irrelevant during times of social upheaval, unless it engages with the pain that happens.”   


“I think this season shows the direction of travel,” says Kwei-Armah. “With Danai and The Convert, the message is that young people of colour, women of colour, the main stage is going to be for you. Twelfth Night is about joy, the love of life. Jesus Hopped the ‘A’ Train is a signal that I’m going to be doing great revivals of modern classics. And I wanted to bring a little bit of what I’ve learnt from America to this first season: it’s in the middle of a renaissance of new writers for theatre.”