10by10 is a project developed and produced by Eclipse Theatre Company Ltd - the only black-led national touring company delivering an annual mid-scale tour to regional theatres.
In April 2012 Eclipse Theatre invited 10 writers from across their UK touring network to attend a writing workshop at The Crucible Theatre, Sheffield. The intensive two day workshop was led by Artistic Director Dawn Walton and writing tutor Ola Animashawun of the Royal Court Theatre.
These British writers' backgrounds are a mixture of theatre, television and spoken word, but what they all share is that, socio-politically, they are all identified as Black.
All attendees were asked to read Chester Himes's A Rage in Harlem. This influential novel is a journey across the variety of black communities in late '40s Harlem. The numerous characters are as authentic as they are distant from one another. The challenge for the 10by10 writers was for each to write a contemporary drama in response to the novel. The pieces had to be set in the writers' respective cities and be approximately 5 minutes long.
Each 10by10 script was shot in a single day, and each film is set in a different city: Middlesborough, Leeds, Manchester, Nottingham, Bristol, Liverpool, Wolverhampton, North and South London and Sheffield.
All the films were directed by Eclipse Theatre's Artistic Director - Dawn Walton, produced by Victoria Wood, with original music by contemporary artists Chris Inperspective and Steve Survival.
Whilst each film is a treat, watch all 10 for a unique journey across the UK from a Black British perspective. Enjoy!
The Guardian's Laura Barnett met the 10by10 writers to delve deeper into their processes and motivations - read the full article HERE