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Casting is-in part-a matter of appearance. Colour blind casting, says David Nathan, creates confusion and often ends up denying the existence of racism

By David Nathan   November 1997

Integrated casting is the code phrase for casting black actors in what were once thought of as white roles. It can result in members of one family, say the Capulets or the Macbeths, being of different colours without, as it were, anyone noticing it. I am not talking about modern plays in which black actors play lawyers, shopkeepers or thieves; these are roles in which colour is irrelevant. But the moment any attempt is made to discuss the issue rationally, there are accusations of racism. As a result many producers and directors are scared to give their opinions publicly, though…

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