Here’s everything you need to know to watch the National Theatre At Home production of Les Blancs and support the show with their free Les Blancs Teaching Resources and Education Pack.
About Les Blancs
An African country teeters on the edge of civil war. A society prepares to drive out its colonial present and claim an independent future. Tshembe, returned home from England for his father’s funeral, finds himself in the eye of the storm.
Yaël Farber (Mies Julie, Nirbhaya) directs the final play by Lorraine Hansberry (A Raisin in the Sun): a brave, illuminating and powerful work that confronts the hope and tragedy of revolution.
Please note that this play is about imperialism, racism, and colonialism and contains some scenes of racially motivated violence, that some people may find distressing.
This archive recording was captured by the National Theatre in 2016.
Running time: TBC
Suitable for: TBC
Dates available: until 9 July
Les Blancs Teaching Resources
Download and use these free Les Blancs Teaching Resources from the National Theatre. This free education pack and educational videos allow you to delve into Les Blancs and further explore the show.
Les Blancs Education Pack
Download the official Les Blancs Education Pack. The teaching resource is suitable for GCSE and A Level students looking to review the production. The pack guides students on the aspects of the show they can use in their reviews, including design elements, performance skills and staging.
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Les Blancs Panel Discussion
Watch the National Theatre’s panel discussion to explore Les Blancs.
A panel discussion on Les Blancs, in the context of the African, European and American narrative, and the role of trauma in the play, lead by Ola Animashawun, from the National Theatre’s New Work and Learning departments.
Young, Gifted and Black: who was Lorraine Hansberry?
Share this article with students to look at the life of Les Blancs’ writer, Lorraine Hansberry, and the historical context in which it was written.
National Theatre’s Education Offering.
The National Theatre offers a wealth of free online productions, teaching resources, educational videos, insights and activities.
National Theatre At Home is a way of seeing some of the NT’s famous work from the comfort of our homes, each Thursday from 7pm. The series kicked off with their critically acclaimed production of One Man, Two Guvnors. Continuing with hit National Theatre productions including Jane Eyre, Frankenstein, Barber Shop Chronicles, This House and Small Island. Also announced is The Deep Blue Sea and Amadeus as the next productions in the series.
In addition to the weekly performances, UK state-funded schools have access to the National Theatre Collection. The Collection brings the best of British Theatre to all state-funded schools for free. From Shakespeare and Greek tragedy to contemporary literary adaptations, the Collection supports the primary and secondary curriculum. Teachers can get access to high-quality recordings of 24 world-class productions, plus a range of tailored learning resources.
How to watch the National Theatre At Home production of Les Blancs
Les Blancs is available to watch for free on the National Theatre’s YouTube channel. The production is live from 7pm on Thursday 2 July and on-demand for 7 days.
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