Lett's Daily Mail review of the The Fantastic Follies Of Mrs Rich is why I continue with the John Blanke Project.
Lett's imagination failed him, as does his understanding of history. The result is this ignorant racist response to the black character in the play:
Was Mr Wringer cast because he is black? If so, the RSC’s clunking approach to politically correct casting has again weakened its stage product. I suppose its managers are under pressure from the Arts Council to tick inclusiveness boxes, but at some point they are going to have to decide if their core business is drama or social engineering.
A failure of his imagination , a denial of the history and playing to his audience - essentialising, stereotyping black folk to fit his and their's racialized and racist agendas and ideology.
The response from the RSC was appropriately measured
Our approach to casting is to seek the most exciting individual for each role and in doing so to create a repertoire of the highest quality. We are proud that this ensures our casts are also representative of the diversity of the United Kingdom, that the audiences which we serve are able to recognise themselves on stage and that our work is made and influenced by the most creative range of voices and approaches. .
They unlike Letts can imagine the black characters in Stuart England
It's 2018 and still some think black folk in Britain should be excluded from portrayals of British history on stage and screen despite the evidence and why we still need to imagine the black Tudor trumpeter John Blanke and other black characters from British history.
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