Impact: CHH Drama and Performance Update, ‘In Flux’ and the ‘1919 Race Riots’

This month the Centre for Hidden Histories has had updates from two of its commissioned performance projects.  The first, In Flux which is described by its producers Excavate as “A performance lecture about borders and the Middle East for three storytellers and a musician” was previewed at City Arts, Nottingham on 25th January 2016.  The play interweaves three stories, the history of the Sykes-Picot Agreement (1916) and its geo-political consequences, the story of a young Kurdish woman and the contrasting lives of her three sisters, and the journey of a young man escaping the war in Syria for a new life in the UK. In Flux features performances by Sarah Altan, Sherry Fatemi, Adel Hamad and Excavate Artistic Director, Andy Barrett. Compelling and timely, the Centre for Hidden Histories looks forward to In Flux being performed in other theatres and arts venues across the UK.  If you are interested, please contact:

This month has also seen the completion of Dr Caroline Bressey, Professor David Killingray, Dr Jacqueline Jenkinson and Reel MCR’s drama documentary about Britain’s first race riots that occurred across the country from 1919 and continued for over eighteen months.  The film is focused not only on the history of the riots but also on the process of how to create dramatic material from such controversial historical events.  As part of understanding this process, the film features the expertise of Tony Coldwell, Director of Photography on the TV series, Mr Selfridge, Foyle’s War and Wolfblood.

You can watch the 1919 Race Riots Workshop film below.

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