ACTORS JUDITH Jacob, Doreene Blackstock and Michael Elcock and just a few of the names revealed this week by the Theatre Royal Stratford East as part of the cast for 846 Live, which will be performed as part of the Greenwich+Docklands International Festival.
It’s an honour to stage this collection of plays (on an outdoor basketball court in East London!), amplifying the personal, political and powerful voices connected to and inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement
Director Matthew Xia
The selection of plays will be performed on September 12 at the Royal Docks Learning & Activity Centre Basketball Court.
Originally an audio play series, 846 was produced by Stratford East and created by acclaimed playwright Roy Williams who brought together 14 black and Asian British writers to respond artistically to the murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis on May 25, 2020.
Director Matthew Xia said: “The murder of George Floyd in May this year sparked a reaction which rippled around the planet, we said: enough is enough.
“It’s an honour to stage this collection of plays (on an outdoor basketball court in East London!), amplifying the personal, political and powerful voices connected to and inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement. We’re assembling a team of exceptional black artists to create an event that is formed of rage, rhythm and revolution.”
Nadia Fall, Artistic Director Stratford East said: “We are thrilled to be part of this year’s Greenwich and Docklands International Festival. As we’re still unable to open the physical doors of our theatre, we continue to explore innovative new ways of creating work for our community.
“The 846 Live show is an exciting and poignant piece of outdoor theatre that we hope will reconnect us with our audiences with a piece which is both entertaining as well as important creative activism.”
Tickets are free and available to book from the GDIF website.
A waiting list is in operation for over-subscribed events. GDIF website: festival.org/whats-on/gdif-846/
A co-production between Stratford East and the Royal Docks Team.
IC3by Nathaniel Martello-White, performed by Ira Mandela Siobhan featuring voice recording from Kirsty Bushell
Suck. Your. Mum. by Nathan Powell, performed by Ira Mandela Siobhan
Say Their Names by Sumerah Srivastav, performed by Michael Elcock
My Part by Selina Thompson, performed by Doreene Blackstock, Michael Elcock, Judith Jacob, Tonderai Munyevu, Cherrelle Skeete and Leo Wringer featuring DJ Set by Xana.
Director – Matthew Xia
Designer – Natalie Pryce
Sound Designer – Xana
Movement Director – Damilola K Fashola
846 Live performances times (all four plays are being performed at each performance)
4pm – this performance will also be captioned and BSL interpreted
6pm – this performance will also be captioned and BSL interpreted