What is STUDIO BLACK?

The concept for STUDIO BLACK! was born when PICTURE PLANT producers, Terry Greenlaw and William D. MacGillivray were made aware of old stories collected from rural and urban Black Communities in 1920’s Nova Scotia. In a media world where we so often see the same Black stories repeated time and again, STUDIO BLACK! seeks to offer something different. Our humorous and loving stories, our attractive and energetic cast offer up a positive, enriching experience, not just for the Black Communities of Canada, but for every Canadian who is interested in seeing beyond stereotypes and is open to experience the wonderful and enriching diversity that is Canada.

Take four stories from Black Nova Scotia. Add a seven member, all Black ensemble cast, of which each cast member can play several roles - sometimes in the same episode. Add three Black Nova Scotian directors. Mix it all up in the Black Box of CBC’s Studio 1. What do you get? STUDIO BLACK! Because of the manner in which the stories were collected some 96 years ago, we know the very names of the storytellers and where they lived in Nova Scotia. In a world where most of the stories we hear come from ‘somewhere else’, how wonderfully refreshing and exciting it is to have these young and enthusiastic actors so proudly interpret and perform stories from their own backyard.

Feb. 2: The Clever Wife/'The Tablecloth, The Donkey and the Knobbly Stick

Feb. 9: The Grateful Spirits/Lady Greencorn

Feb. 16: The Contented Lady and the Ruabaga Rascals/No. 2 Construction

Feb. 23: The Devil at the Dance/The Wedding Picture

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