Where was it? Lyttelton, National Theatre.
As part of Black History Month Joseph et al discuss the presence of black actors in productions. Patterson is keen to stress that black people have been on the British Isles for years (he told the wonderful tale of a black soldier on Hadrian's Wall during the Roman period), why aren't they featured in more classical productions as characters, beyond slavery and servants? The problem is there isn't that much of a presence despite, by the sounds of it, drama schools having a long held "colour blind" policy giving their students a variety of roles that doesn't depend on them being, or not being a certain race. When I go to the National, for example, plays set in the inter-war years dominate. A Woman Killed with Kindness had an all white cast but that isn't to say the National Theatre is objectionable to casting black actors, they frequently appear in ensembles and The National did produce Elmina's Kitchen, which had an all black cast including Patterson and Warrington but I've heard some of the views of playwright Kwame Kwei-Armah, including his claims that he felt uncomfortable with "mixing the races" on Radio 4's The House I Grew Up In, which makes me question his motives when he cast only black actors, was it about increased theatrical presence, to get more black audience members or to avoid working with white people?