Forty years ago the National Black Theatre emerged from Regent Street, Redfern and spawned landmark playwrights such as Kevin Gilbert, Robert Merritt and Jack Davis and the careers of remarkable actors such as Bob Maza, Lillian Crombie and Justine Saunders, cultural activist Gary Foley and director Brian Syron. Exploring this unique movement and its irrevocable impact on Australia’s arts and society, curator Rhoda Roberts brings together National Black Theatre alumni, leaders and artists for a series of talks, play readings and films. An exhibition that celebrates this remarkable time and its legacy accompanies the symposium. Watch a video about the exhibition and symposium. Presented by Carriageworks and Sydney Festival in association with ABC.

Robert J Merritt, Author of The Cake Man
Image: Juno Gemes