The story follows Delvin, a black British teenager of Trinidadian parents, as he discovers the wrath of police brutality and the rise of the Black Power Movement in the 1960s and 70s in West London. The radio play is influenced by the actions of the Mangrove Nine, a group of young black activists, accused of inciting a riot. It is a story about activism, inequality and friendship. The play is based on British History, and will be supported by Oral History recordings and workshops with some of the country’s finest researchers and activists. This project will allow us to learn from the past and envision a brighter more inclusive future.
Oral History recordings are recorded interviews that document the memories and personal commentaries of the interviewee. For this project, we will be speaking to individuals who were children during the Mangrove Nine trials, as well as young black activists of today and people who have a story to tell which may influence our story.
This project was created by SPID as we have been commissioned to make a performance based on the Race Relations Acts of 1965, 1968 and 1976, The Mangrove 9 trials and the Black Power Movement. SPID Theatre’s Nnenna Samson is currently penning a wonderful script that will be performed in October as part of the Black History Month celebrations.
SPID is very experienced in using theatre as a platform for social and societal change. It’s important to know that we will be exploring race relations and the problems surrounding this throughout this project. We understand that these issues may be triggering for some people. SPID is committed to ensuring that all of our participants’ voices are heard and that a great deal of emphasis is put on creating a safe space to have these complex discussions. You will never be asked to do something you don’t want to do.
As ever with SPID projects, this is about young people, for young people and created with young people’s needs, passions and interests at its heart. Because we believe that everybody should have access to the arts no matter how much money they or their families have, the project is free to take part in. SPID’s projects have always been free to access and we make a strong commitment to ensuring that all of our projects are accessible and inclusive. SPID runs all our programs with inclusivity at heart. People of any race, gender, sexuality, ability or disability can get involved.
So how can you get involved?
There will be 5 research sessions from the 11th to the 15th August, followed by rehearsals on the 12th, 19th, 26th September and 3rd & 10th October before a virtual performance on 17th October. Each workshop or rehearsal will last between 1-2 hours.
If you are age 13-25 and have a passion for making theatre, we want to hear from you!
This project will offer opportunities in acting for radio, sound technology, design and producing. However you would like to be involved, we welcome your experience and creativity. If you would like to be involved, click here to can sign up.
If you are a person of colour with a story or experience to share, we are looking for oral history interviewees available on 15th August for a virtual interview. Please email, firstname.lastname@example.org
If you would like to watch our online performance, keep an eye on our website and follow us on social media for upcoming information.
And here’s what our participants & parents say:
‘I really like coming to SPID, because it isn’t like some kind of posh thing. It’s like a really basic place. It’s like a community.’
Alabama Nutt, Kensal House
‘I’m Angie, Alabama’s mum. I think she’s got more confident. To be honest I couldn’t afford to put her in anything other than this, I don’t think any of the parents of the kid’s that come here could be paying for them. The work they’ve done has been so adventurous’
Angela Nutt – Parent
‘SPID really just bring council estates to life.’
Reece Lewis, Dalgarno estate
“The way SPID works is so original. The company really believes in the imagination of young people.”
Susan Lant, St Charles Estate
“I’m so pleased that SPID has started working on my estate. Young people around here are desperate for something to do.”
Siglinde Buhl, Peabody Estate
ORAL HISTORY PROJECT
Do you live on a local estate? Share your voice! Join our Oral History Project!
Do you have memories, views and experiences of Lancaster West estate that you’d like to share? S.P.I.D. Theatre Company is working with local young people to explore the heritage of west London estates.
We need local residents of all ages to participate in oral history interviews conducted by the project participants (aged 13-25) and led by Rib Davis from the British Library. These interviews will inspire the young people to create our very first online verbatim theatre performance!
We are looking for people to be interviewed for 45 minutes online on 30th May.
During Each block of workshops, our participants nominate two members of their group to act as youth ambassadors. These two young people represent their peers, help promote the project and get involved in some social media takeovers!