“Sharp edge of our grief” - film, live music & conversation
TUESDAY 11 APRIL – FRIDAY 14 APRIL, 7.30PM, FREE
Archer Lodge, Charles Road (Opposite Markwick Gardens), TN38 0QX
FOOD: Soup kitchen inspired by Mary Seacole’s catering.
Two artist teams take Mary Seacole’s book on a creative journey. Filmmaker Rod Morris works with Etienne Cutmore-Kourouma and Jac Holt to explore Mary’s journey from Jamaica to England through the lens of the experience of members of the Windrush community: Michael Braithwaite, Leslee Booth, Dave Rohoman and Elwaldo Romeo.
While musicians Sam Brown, Cai Jones, Catherine Rajhans and Elizabeth Rajhans, working with percussionist Suresh Donapudi of Afrodesi, develop music inspired by the many vivid journeys Mary embarked on around the globe.
Mary Seacole’s book contains many experiences of racism and prejudice in her nineteenth century world. “But, I must say, that I don’t altogether appreciate your friend’s kind wishes with respect to my complexion. If it had been as dark as any ******* I should have been just as happy and as useful, and as much respected by those who respect I value; and as to his offer of bleaching me, I should, even if it were practicable, decline it without any thanks.”
The artists involved in these four nights of performance and conversation look forward to exploring Mary’s navigation of prejudice, which is complex and differs through her life, with the festival audience.