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Placing Migrant Histories Centre Stage

When: Wednesday, February 14, 2024, 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Where: Pinter Studio Arts One Mile End Road London E1 4NT, Mile End

This workshop is funded by a Jinty Nelson Teaching Fellowship, awarded by the Royal Historical Society to Dr David Geiringer.

Join us to explore how migrant histories can be represented through theatre and performance. This collaborative workshop will consider how artists and practitioners approach sensitive historical subjects, developing creative and practical skills for anyone interested in the performing arts, migrant stories and history.

The workshop will be led by historian and playwright Thabo Stuck, creator of #50Days – a musical which reimagines the English Civil War through grime music. Described as the British Hamilton, and punctuated with commentary on our post-Brexit moment, #50Days tells this vital story of British history through the voices of underrepresented communities.

A member of the Old Vic Trustee Board responsible for EDI issues, Learning Producer with Historical Royal Palaces and former history teacher, Stuck has taught widely on the representation of migrant histories in the creative industries. In the workshop, we will learn about how theatre can challenge assumptions about what ‘migrant history’ is, extending beyond established topics such as Windrush to rethink the form, as well as content, of historical communication. You will be able to workshop your own ideas for historical theatre, developing industry skills relating to audience engagement, storyboarding, and creative collaboration.

The workshop will contribute to the development of a podcast and resource pack on how theatre and performance can enhance the teaching of sensitive historical subjects.

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