Paulette Randall, First Black Female West End Director Honored by the Queen

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In the UK, Paulette Randall, whose parents hail from Jamaica and is the first black female director to bring a production to the West End has been named in the Queen’s Birthday Honors List. She will be honored with as an MBE (Member of the Order of the British Empire) for her services to drama.

For Randall, originally trained as an actress at Rose Bruford College of Speech and Drama, writing was also a passion. After graduating, she set up the Theatre of Black Women with Bernardine Evaristo and Patricia Hilaire in response to the lack of roles for black actors. Since then she has also produced TV comedies, such as Desmonds, The Real McCoy, Porkpie and The Crouches; she was artistic director at Talawa Theatre Company and has directed numerous well received plays spanning a 30 year career. The Voice writes:

Director Paulette Randall was born in south London to Jamaican parents. The 55-year-old was the first female black director to bring a production to the West End with Fences in 2013, something she described as her “biggest achievement”.

Being acknowledged for her services to the drama industry, her extensive catalogue of work includes producing family favourites Desmonds, The Real McCoy and associate directing the London 2012 Olympics opening ceremony alongside Danny Boyle.

Randall was the former artistic director of Talawa, the country’s longest-surviving black theatre company, and has directed smash-hit musicals, Shakespeare and new writing in London for more than 20 years.

Alongside her peers Bernadine Evaristo and Patricia Hilaire, Randall founded Theatre of Black Women (TBW) in 1981, a small scale touring company in response to the lack of roles for black actors at the time. The group defined themselves as ‘Black Feminists’ and their work often engaged in debates about the historical exclusion of black women from the women’s movement.

For original article, see http://www.voice-online.co.uk/article/first-black-female-west-end-director-honoured-queen

Short bio above from http://wordsofcolour.co.uk/interview-with-paulette-randall/

3 thoughts on “Paulette Randall, First Black Female West End Director Honored by the Queen

  1. I have been following Miss Randall’s acheivement since the 2012 Olympics and I am very impress wtih her work. I see she is from Jamaica where I am from same district and same family name.

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