OUR STORY

BlackStage UK is a documentary style web series created and produced by Gabrielle Brooks. It addresses the racial injustices experienced by Black workers in the UK’s creative and entertainment industries.
With each episode focusing on a topic that widely affects the Black community, the series sheds light on industry bias, and explores solutions for moving towards true racial equity in the sector. It is a cathartic sharing of accounts for the black community that allows time and space for healing but also acts as a tool and source for anti-racist learning for the Arts community and beyond. Born from an idea she had in 2018,

Gabrielle Brooks (Actor and Creative Producer) started BlackStage UK in 2020. Provoked by the response of the Arts industry after the tragic and horrific events of the summer that led to the deaths of George Floyd, Armaud Arbery and Breonna Taylor.

“I created BlackStage UK out of necessity. This pandemic has exacerbated the systemic inequalities experienced by Black people in the Arts and beyond. While institutions have made pledges towards change, they are still leaving a key element out of the conversation. Us, the Black community. This is where BlackStage UK comes in.”
BlackStage UK seeks to highlight the already existing disparity of experience in the industry for Black people, as well as trying to prevent the regression the sector may take if collective steps are not taken to prioritise and protect representation.

ABOUT BLACKSTAGE UK

OUR STORY

BlackStage UK is a documentary style web series created and produced by Gabrielle Brooks. It addresses the racial injustices experienced by Black workers in the UK’s creative and entertainment industries.
With each episode focusing on a topic that widely affects the Black community, the series sheds light on industry bias, and explores solutions for moving towards true racial equity in the sector. It is a cathartic sharing of accounts for the black community that allows time and space for healing but also acts as a tool and source for anti-racist learning for the Arts community and beyond. Born from an idea she had in 2018

Gabrielle Brooks (Actor and Creative Producer) started BlackStage UK in 2020. Provoked by the response of the Arts industry after the tragic and horrific events of the summer that led to the deaths of George Floyd, Armaud Arbery and Breonna Taylor.

“I created BlackStage UK out of necessity. This pandemic has exacerbated the systemic inequalities experienced by Black people in the Arts and beyond. While institutions have made pledges towards change, they are still leaving a key element out of the conversation. Us, the Black community. This is where BlackStage UK comes in.”
BlackStage UK seeks to highlight the already existing disparity of experience in the industry for Black people, as well as trying to prevent the regression the sector may take if collective steps are not taken to prioritise and protect representation.