Thu, 29 Oct



Black History Month Discussion - Robert Wedderburn

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Black History Month Discussion - Robert Wedderburn

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29 Oct 2020, 19:30


About the Event

Robert Wedderburn's story inspires this discussion and the influence his protesting had on equality for slaves and the poor in the 1800s. Black British history has not been easily accessible to many people. This online group's interaction will reflect on the personal effects this cloaked history has on the members of the panel and what it means to them in modern-day Britain.

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Meeting ID: 768 7986 7967

Passcode: 1800

This discussion will be of interest to anyone who is intrigued by untold stories of Black British History and the relevance it has on society today. This is a conversation on how the political activism of the past has led to freedoms of today, but also the possibility of optimism that can be embraced when we are reminded of the struggles for change that have become a normalised part of our culture.

The audience will acquire a more in depth knowledge of themes within the play and it will make clear how history has been buried from our general conversation.

We will contemplate the impact on identity when your past has been deleted.

A sense of starting from the beginning against oppression, this fight for equality has been apparent for centuries.

Guest panel:

Peter Anderson

Clayton Planter:

Street2Boardroom was founded in 2016 by Clayton Planter, who has a successful track record of working with young people and adults from the streets, urban neighborhoods, ghettos, projects, and disadvantaged backgrounds.

Clayton decided to start Street2Boardroom when he noticed that the current system did not allow these people to increase their full potential and find positive role models that they could relate to.

Street2Boardroom is designed for young people and adults who find themselves caught in a range of illegal activities, giving them the skills, knowledge, and confidence to apply what they have learned from the street – to learn the legal hustle.

Danny Sapani

Sapani appeared in Danny Boyle's film Trance. His stage credits include August Wilson's Joe Turner's Come and Gone and Radio Golf, Errol John's Caribbean classic Moon on a Rainbow Shawl and The National Theatre production of Euripides' Medea. He has also acted in the 2013 Indian Tamil action film, Singam II as international drug lord Michael Kong (same codename as himself). His TV roles include appearances on Misfits, Ultimate Force and Blackout, while his television guest appearances include Judge John Deed and the Doctor Who episode "A Good Man Goes to War." as Colonel Manton. For the first two seasons, Sapani played the role of Sembene in Showtime's Penny Dreadful.

On August 19, 2019, Deadline reported that Sapani would be joining the cast of the BBC America and AMC series Killing Eve.

David  Byran

David’s first venture was a bookshop (Sabarr) in 1973 that specialised in Black literature and he went on to organise the first Black Book fair in the UK. He later became one of the first Black directors of an art and community centre – Brixton Village. He was a founder of Black Ink Collective a community-publishing venture. He co-founded – The Black Comedy Club, developing and creating a market for others to inherit. He produced theatre and music festivals at Greenwich Theatre, Commonwealth Institute and elsewhere. He is the founder of OnyxArt Foundation and as it’s executive chair, produced 3 successive seasons of sold out Nubian Steps performances of Black contemporary dance at the London South Bank Centre.

David Bryan is an organisation development consultant, a coach, facilitator and trainer. He works across the voluntary and public sector on a variety of issues, from leadership and governance, to social enterprise and organisation change.

He is currently the Chair of 3 arts organisations, Battersea Arts Centre, Brixton House previously Ovalhouse Theatre, and Voluntary Arts (UK). He is also a Director of The Dunraven Educational Trust. He was a member of Arts Council England National Council (2014-2018).

He worked in academia, lecturing on Management Studies, at Goldsmith College; post-graduate social work at London South Bank University; and Arts Leadership at Birkbeck College. His most recent involvement (2016-2018) with academia was as Course Director of the Cultural Leadership Programme for King’s College.

He has worked with grant makers such as Comic Relief, Baring Foundation, Arts Council (capital), Trust for London and was vice Chair of Camelot Foundation.

Chioma Uma

Graduated from Rose Bruford College with a degree in Actor Musicianship. She made her first professional onstage debut as ‘Hattie’ in Kiss Me Kate! at The Watermill Theatre (2019) and returned to perform as ‘Tom of Warwick’ in their concert rendition of ‘Camelot’ this summer. She also had her first leading role playing Cinderella in Cinderella The Rockin’ Panto! last year.

Additionally, Chioma has composed and musically directed for theatre in the past, co-commissioned to compose for Ockham’s Razor’s last show, This Time (2019).

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