July 6, 2019

Precarious Carnaval has plunged into the past, present and future to unearth the secrets of the Bridgewater canal. Celebrating its 258th birthday, artists Lowri Evans, Renato Bolelli Rebouças and Rodolfo Amorim are helping audiences embark on a journey through the history of England’s first canal. The award-winning theatre-makers from Brazil and the UK have collaborated in a community event that fuses over thirty local groups...

October 15, 2018

Working to forge a sense of belonging, Afua Hirch lays out her conflicting ideologies as a half-Ghanaian, half-English woman. Her book, a mix of memoir and British history covers heritage, place and class in chapters aiding to undercover what shapes the identity of Britain’s black, Asian and minority ethnic (BANE) citizens. Where are you from? The title of her first chapter touches on some of the underlying presumptions surrou...

October 12, 2018

Rebels with a cause, Elizabeth Uviebinené and Yomi Adegoke are challenging the barriers surrounding race. People of colour (POC) suffer from underrepresentation in many high-ranking industries where mentorship and coaching from leaders of similar backgrounds are rare. With fewer opportunities for minorities to network through family members and friends, Elizabeth and Yomi sought a self-help book that connected to their experie...

August 21, 2018

BlacKkKlansman is based on the true story of Ron Stallworth (played by John David Washington) who severed as the first African-American officer at the Colorado Springs Police Department. The story follows an ensemble cast as the new detective attempts to infiltrate and expose the Ku Klux Klan. Alongside civil rights activist Patrice (Laura Harrier) and detective Zimmerman (Adam Driver), the wide spread rise in right-wing ideol...

March 13, 2018

Inside Manchester Central Library, Black Lives Matter co-founder Patrisse Khan-Cullors and award-winning author, Jackie Kay ask, ‘what does freedom look like to you?’ In a show that raises more questions than it answers, Patrisse begins by examining the systems in place that continue to keep people of colour (POC) under surveillance and under suspicion.

Reports of racial hate crimes have risen since the Brexit vote, and the “po...

June 2, 2017

Persuasion (1817) is the last completed novel written by Jane Austin, six months after her death. Reverberating the themes of self-discovery and self-reflection that run throughout her novels, the story follows the struggles of 27-year-old Anne Elliot after a broken engagement to a penniless Fredrick Wentworth.

Seven years have passed since Anne’s engagement and Wentworth has returned a successful and single Captain, whereas An...

April 21, 2017

“If music be the food of love, play on.”

The Royal Exchange revels in Shakespeare annually, celebrating his work with directors who modernise his classics with diverse casting and inventive staging. This year, Twelfth Night, directed by Jo Davies encloses a musically driven, dream-like production. A piercing cage looms above the actors as they perform, imitating rain and spotlighting entrapped characters. Although it appeared t...

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