Selina Thompson: salt.
"... Where our real home might be is tricky to say. In a way that is the point. Some people say that is the body, but I think the body is more a channel that leads us home. Ultimate reality is our home. It is here and now, and it is not a special piece of what is happening. We imagine that we are on a journey, that life is a journey, but we are home from the beginning. This is not an easy thing to accept."
In February, two artists got on a cargo ship, and retraced one of the routes of the Transatlantic Slave Triangle - from the UK to Ghana to Jamaica, and back.
Their memories, their questions and their grief took them along the bottom of the Atlantic and through the figurative realm of an imaginary past.
It was a long journey backwards, in order to go forwards.
This show is what they brought back.
salt. Is about grief, ancestry, home, forgetting and colonialism.
It’s about where colonial history exists in the everyday, the politics of grief and what happens inside Selina’s head every time someone asks ‘where are you from?’ and won't take Birmingham or her mum’s uterus for an answer.
It’s about being part of a diaspora.
It’s a show that creates a space for us to talk about all of these things, to see where we fit, and to think about the changing and healing that is still to come.
Commissioned by Yorkshire Festival, Theatre Bristol and MAYK. Supported by Arts Council England and 200 kind and generous supporters who donated towards the voyage across the Atlantic.
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Friday 7 July, 20177:30pm – 8:30pm