22 December, 2008

"What have multicultural arts policies done for us?"

The Guardian:

"I recently spoke to a young British Muslim playwright about the attention he was suddenly getting from a few mainstream theatres and TV companies. He is one of many plucked from the north of England via numerous schemes designed to "discover British Muslim voices", and he's in two minds about the belated interest in what he may have to say. On one hand, he is grateful for the opportunities presented to him; on the other, he is concerned about the type of stories he is asked to develop for commissioning editors and artistic directors. He told me that he wants to write stories about love and relationships. Instead, he has been "encouraged" to write stories about being a British Muslim, full of angst in a post-7/7 Britain."

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