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Who Can Tell ...!: practical research performance exploring Black History experiences by JAWI Theatre Collective

Ewu, J. and Ukaegbu, V. (2008) Who Can Tell ...!: practical research performance exploring Black History experiences by JAWI Theatre Collective. Performance at: Who Can Tell ...! University of Northampton, 22-23 May 2008. Performers: Baptiste, Weekes, Agboluaje, Oladipo, Adewole, Funmi, Elliot, Jerry, McKenzie, Robert, Heathcote, David, Adams, Darren, Roach, Myrle, Franklin, Kascion, Aderoyeje, Florence, Marshall, Myles, Hawker, Christian and Berrill, Colleen

Item Type: Performance
Abstract: ‘Who Can Tell ...!’ was a collaborative community theatre project based on oral interviews conducted by the Northampton Black History Association on the histories of black people in Northamptonshire and the UK in general. It highlighted amongst others the themes of migration and immigration, race relations, black cultural identities, collective consciousness, contemporary concerns and achievements. It was a collaboration between Northampton Black History Association who conducted and documented the initial oral interviews and Dr Jumai Ewu, and Dr Victor Ukaegbu as well as local artists, young people, members of the communities, professional and voluntary performers. Key characteristic features of the process include the journey of the spoken word through audio tapes and workshops to the stage; the use of a ‘community of voices’ and the stage to mediate history; the creative and imaginative exploration of ways by which to balance the contradictory requirement to maintain artistic and historical authenticity in the use of the materials on the one hand and the respect for people’s confidentiality on the other; creative collaboration at all levels of the production and the exploration of a popular language of performance. In addition to performances at the Avenue Campus University of Northampton (May 2008), at Grendon Students Residential and The Castle Theatre, Wellingborough (October 2008), the project generated a Division of Performance Studies research paper on work in progress presented by Dr Jumai Ewu and Dr Victor Ukaegbue in June 2007. A book chapter is anticipated in Judith Ackroyd and John O’Toole (eds.) Re-evaluating ethnodrama - muddying the waters (forthcoming in 2009)
Additional Information: Also presented at: The Castle Theatre, Wellingborough, 03 October 2008, 11 October 2008 (Black History Month); Youth Residential Project, Grendon, Northants, 03 October 2008
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN3171 Drama in education
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology > HM1001 Social psychology > HM1176 Social influence. Social pressure > HM1271 Multiculturalism. Diversity. Toleration
D History General and Old World > DA Great Britain > DA90 Antiquities. Social life and customs. Ethnography > DA125 Racial groups. Race relations
P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN2049 Theater and society. Applied drama
Creators: Ewu, Jumai and Ukaegbu, Victor
Corporate Creators: Northampton Black History Association
Funders or Sponsors: Office of Educational Partnerships and Lifelong Learning (OEPLL), University of Northampton, Northamptonshire Black History Association, Division of Performance Studies Capability Fund
Faculties, Divisions and Institutes: Faculties > Faculty of Arts, Science & Technology > Journalism, Media & Performance
Date: 22 May 2008
Date Type: Presentation
Event Title: Who Can Tell ...!
Event Dates: 22-23 May 2008
Event Location: University of Northampton
Language: English

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