Which is why I think it's important for a lot of stories to be told in the theatre, not just those of straight, white, cis-gendered, middle-class, heterosexual people. But when I go to my theatre festival - my beloved, take-a-week-off, favourite-time-of-the-year theatre festival - those are the stories that are getting told. And those are the people telling the stories. Of the 25 plays I've seen to date, with over 50 actors in total, there have been only four non-white actors. Four! The population of my city is over 30% non-white, and yet virtually every actor at the festival is white. And virtually every story is about white people.
I find this really sad, particularly because I view the theatre community as one of the most diverse and accepting groups of people anywhere. If theatre isn't a space that welcomes and encourages the participation of everyone, then what space is?
*Because everything is available online, I found a video of a school performing "The Trial of the Big Bad Wolf", which brought back so many memories. So many memories. So many feels.
**Of course, my friends aren't idiots, and it didn't take too many times of me asking "Hey! Wanna see this random lesbian play with me?" for them to figure it out.