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Asylum Monologues for Black History Month

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ice&fire, Actors For Human Rights and Tower Hamlets Events present ‘Asylum Monologues’: a FREE evening of stories, creative response and discussion. Facilitated by Lateisha Davine Lovelace-Hanson and Kes Gill-Martin from Hit The Ground as part of Black History Month.


ice&fire theatre company actively engages with human rights themes to create high-quality performance which responds to defining issues affecting us and the world beyond. Their touring script Asylum Monologues offers a platform for the sharing of testimonies of people who have been through the asylum system in the UK. It is no coincidence that most of these testimonies have come from people of colour. Presenting Asylum Monologues as part of Black History month offers the chance to engage with these issues, which are often described as ‘current affairs’, in the context of history. Enabling us to see connections between the colonial legacies and the challenges we face today.
The night will open with three actors presenting a rehearsed reading of the script, followed by creative responses from invited artists, closing with a discussion featuring representatives of charities and activist groups.

Actors reading:
Tony Cealy - Creative arts trainer and Creator of 492 Korna Club W
eekly interactive forum theatre style radio drama. Analysing oppression by sharing stories to develop ways of dismantling systems of oppression by advocating critical thinking and social justice.

Leann O'Kasi - Born in Dublin to Irish and Nigerian parents, Leann grew up in the East End of London. She is a graduate actor from Royal Central School of Speech and Drama and resident Artist with Actors For Human Rights. Stage work includes projects with BBC Writersroom and Live Theatre, Citizens Theatre, Ice & Fire, Brighton Dome, National Theatre of Scotland and Theatre503. She is an associate artist with Crosspath Theatre founded by award-winning poet legend John Agard.

Amarnah Ufuoma Amuludun - a trained contemporary dancer whose art is expressed across many forms including: acting, singing, song-writing, spoken word, dreadlock styling and teaching (dance & yoga). As a part of The Sparse Collective she’s performed around the UK and Europe. She loves trees, honesty and sharing loving, healing vibrations.


Spoken Word Poetry:
Victoria Adukwei Bulley -
a British-born Ghanaian poet, writer and filmmaker who has been shortlisted for the Brunel University International African Poetry Prize. Her work includes Woman’s Hour, The Poetry Review and MOTHER TONGUES: an exploration of poetry in translation, captured through filmmaking, in partnership with Autograph ABP and ACE.

JJ Akinlade - Spoken word poet, community gardener and youth facilitator. Jj's poetry and wordplay has garnerd him commisions by Apples and Snakes (Architects Of Our Republic, Southbank Centre) and BAC (London Stories made by Migrants). He is also a commnity garden project manager with Urban Growth and youth non-toxic masculinty facilitator with Great Man.

Panel Guests:

Nick Beales - BiD Bail for Immigration Detainees is an independent charity that exists to challenge immigration detention in the UK. Providing legal advice and representation to migrants detained in removal centres and prisons to secure their release alongside research and policy advocacy to effect change.

Hannah Young - Hannah Young has recently completed her PhD at UCL, undertaken in conjunction with the Legacies of British Slave-Ownership project. Her thesis explored the relationship between gender, property and power in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, placing a particular focus on female absentee slave-owners. She is now working at the V&A, undertaking a project that examines slave-owners as collectors and working to uncover the ways that slave-based wealth helped to shape one of Britain’s most eminent museums

‘Asylum Monologues for Black History Month’ will illuminate multiple universal experiences, from love to loneliness, sexuality to gender, aggression to peace and Otherness to so much, much more. Through the lens of human experiences shaped by/within identities that ask, what does it mean to be an asylum seeker? To be a black person, to be queer, to be a woman, a man, an activist, a victim and most importantly, what it means to be a Survivor...

October 24th 7:00pm – 8:45
(Doors 6:45)
Idea Store
321 Whitechapel Road
London E1 1BU
FREE

We look forward to connecting with you.
Peace,
Lateisha and Kes - Hit The Ground
Iceandfire and Tower Hamlets Events
http://www.towerhamletsarts.org.uk/?guide=Events&cat=3&cid=64732
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- Please arrive promptly at 6:45 to ensure you have a seat. Spaces are limited and we want to welcome everyone into the space for a 7pm start.
- Light refreshments will be available
- Idea Store Whitechapel is fully accesible. If you any access enquiries please visit https://www.disabledgo.com/access-guide/tower-hamlets-council/idea-store-whitechapel-2


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