International Women's Week - Dawn Walton on Directing A Raisin in the Sun

Posted on 10 March 2016

To celebrate International Women’s Week, the Belgrade Theatre is producing a series of blogs around inspirational women. In this video interview, we speak to Director Dawn Walton about her forthcoming production of A Raisin in the Sun, which plays in our B2 auditorium from 22 – 26 March.

This often overlooked classic American drama, stands shoulder to shoulder with the work of writers like Tennessee Williams and Arthur Miller. Following the lives of a black working-class family on the cusp of the Civil Rights era, this play by Lorraine Hansberry is a gripping portrayal of family life and their dreams of a better future.

Dawn’s outstanding career as a Director started with her winning the first Jerwood Young Director’s Award at the Young Vic Theatre before going on to become Acting Head of The Studio at the National Theatre. She has since gone on to become the founder and director of Eclipse Theatre Company who have co-produced this new production alongside Sheffield Theatres and the Belgrade. Dawn has also just launched Eclipse Theatre’s most ambitious project Revolution Mix which will deliver the largest amount of new Black British work across the UK.