Exciting project will highlight race and migration issues in Norfolk
1st December 2020
A pioneering project to change attitudes to racism in Norfolk is being spearheaded by young performers at the Little Theatre.
Rewriting Rural Racism aims to showcase the issues being faced by people from different ethnic backgrounds in the country.
It will also increase understanding of the multicultural mix of migrants that has populated Norfolk throughout its history.
Rewriting Rural Racism has won Arts Council funding and is also being supported by Great Yarmouth’s Time and Tide Museum.
The team is currently researching and preparing a series of activities including short films, workshops and a touring one-man show which will come to the boil in 2021, when people can buy tickets.
It will showcase stories drawn from the community and the work of local multi-cultural artists such as Norwich rapper COLL who is writing the film soundtracks.
The project is based at the Little Theatre where it was hatched by a quartet of young performers from the venue who were keen to deal with a subject that means a lot to them. They are Katie Thompson from Knapton, Ashton Owen from North Walsham, Daisy Winchester from Thursford, and Tilda Fassih from Sheringham.
Katie said: “We initially wanted to make the Little Theatre more diverse in its programming and the audiences it attracts.
But we are also running anti-racism workshops, researching migration issues – which go back to the prehistoric era – with the Time and Tide Museum and we are looking forward to doing the films in the New Year.
“Some of the stories emerging are hard to listen to, but we wanted to make sure that Black History issues are not just confined to Black History Month in October, but are all year round.”
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