Rewriting Rural Racism was devised in the summer of 2020 in response to the growing awareness of the Black Lives Matter Movement. It was a springboard project which aimed to make Sheringham Little Theatre’s programme more racially diverse.
The project was created by four young performers who grew up participating in Sheringham Little Theatre’s community work. The focus on rural racism was decided because, while Norfolk is made up largely from white communities, there are incredible stories, which are not always known, about Norfolk’s migration history. So the team wanted to raise awareness of the migration that has shaped East Anglia. Similarly, the founding team wanted to start conversations which were not happening naturally, due to an absence of multi-culturalism in Norfolk compared to other areas.
The project celebrated all ethnic identities while also raising awareness of how racism can scar a person’s character and confidence and highlighted the talent of artists and members of the Norfolk community, who had powerful stories to tell.
The first phase of Rewriting Rural Racism, which was funded by the Arts Council, finished in April 2021, but its legacy will continue through various forms within Sheringham Little Theatre.
Virtual, interactive, sessions for high schools and drama groups.
The high school workshops discussed how to be actively anti-racist alongside celebrating all identities.
The youth theatre workshops showcased the work of creatives of colour.
A one man show featuring Ashton Owen.
WE ARE ONE
Series of Short Films
We Are One was a series of short films which highlighted the county’s migration history and showed how migration is something which has always happened. The films were made in partnership with the Kick the Dust Programme. One ﬁlm is an animated timeline of migration, dating back to pre-historic times. The others explore people’s experiences and own histories today, through interviews and performances.
Rapper COLL is creating the soundtrack for the films and Piers the Poet is narrating the series. The films have been named and shaped by local young people and the animation is being dispersed around local schools. Anyone interested in using any of the films as a learning resource, should please contact the Theatre directly.
MEET THE FOUNDERS
THE PROJECT’S ACHIEVEMENTS
Rewriting Rural Racism exceeded our wildest dreams
Online workshops reached young people at 16 schools and youth groups.
The Outskirts drama moved online due to Covid
The We Are One film was meant to be 30 minutes long
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