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May 14, 2009


John Morrison

Given Nick Hytner's record in bringing on the careers of women directors, I imagine he thought long and hard before deciding not to hire a black director for this play. I tend to give him the benefit of the doubt. Rufus Norris I think directed Market Boy on the big Olivier stage and that experience probably counted in his favour. If I were a black director hungry to work at the National, I would probably think differently about that decision.

tom green

John, do you think it matters that it was an all-black cast but a white director? Not that white people can't ever direct plays by black writers. But *this* play, with *this* cast?

(Agree with you about Nonso Anozie - brilliant. Though I didn't find Pilkings all that absurd. The performance was a bit hammy but there's plenty of logic to his arguments.)

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