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Legacy Closing Weekend: Exploring Shakespeare in Black Theatre
Oct
7
10:00 AM10:00

Legacy Closing Weekend: Exploring Shakespeare in Black Theatre

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Legacy Closing Weekend: Exploring Shakespeare in Black Theatre

Join Lyrici Arts and Medway Libraries at the closing of the ten-month ‘Legacy’ project!

2016 marked the 400th anniversary of the death of Shakespeare so in celebration of this the Legacy closing weekend features national actor Wil Johnson, and Royal Shakespeare Company Assistant Director, Anthony Ekundayo Lennon, as they give an insight into their BME acting and directing careers inspired by productions of Shakespeare’s plays. Children's activities are also available.

In the morning take part in an acting workshop with Anthony, as he demonstrates some of the direction techniques he used during the RSC’s 2015 production of Othello. Children can take part in an arts craft session to make and decorate a King Lear crown, and take part in a drama workshop.

During the afternoon experience an intimate talk and Q+A session with Wil Johnson and Anthony Ekundayo Lennon about Shakespeare in Black Theatre.  Wil will give a live performance from his role as the Earl of Kent in Talawa Theatre’s production of King Lear.

To end the day and conclude the Legacy project, join us to look back at some of the highlights of the programme and ask any burning questions to the key project leaders, then groove to a live reggae set by The Vanbrugh Hill Music Syndicate with a selection of Caribbean canapes and drinks.

For session timings please see below.

* This event is BSL interpreted *

Ages: All ages welcome


Timetable:

 
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Shakespeare's Royal Company - The Original Game of Thrones

Children's drama workshop by Bindlestick Theatre Company.

Ever wondered what it might be like to be a King or Queen? Dreamt about sitting on the Royal Throne?

Well dream no more! Come and explore Shakespeare's royal characters and delve into the world of what it takes to keep your crown in this highly energetic and interactive 45 minute workshop.

Who will be Crowned at the end? Who will conquer? What kind of ruler will you be? Will your subjects bend the knee? Are there even any dragons?

Timings:

10- 10.20am: Crafts: Make A Crown crafts

10.20- 11.05am: Drama workshop

11.05- 11.30: Crafts: Make A Crown crafts

Ages 5 -11yrs.

*This event is BSL interpreted by Christopher Sacre of See & Create *


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Talk and Q+A session about Shakespeare in Black Theatre

Wil will give a live performance from his role as the Earl of Kent in Talawa Theatre’s production of King Lear. Anthony will also speak about his experience of being the assistant and resident director on the Royal Shakespeare Company production of Othello working with director Iqbal Khan and actors Joanna Vanderham, Hugh Quarshie and Lucian Msamati.

11.45am- 12.45pm

All ages

*This event is BSL interpreted by Esther Rose Thomas and Karen Newby*

 
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Othello- Adult's workshop with Anthony Ekundayo Lennon

After a moment of warming up consisting of a selection of exercises and games we will be introduced to two pieces of text. A scene from Sir Thomas More which scholars agree Shakespeare had some involvement with creating, and a scene from Othello.

Anthony will work on one specific moment from Othello. The words of Desdemona while confiding in Iago about her plight; expressing her love for a man that she feels she has ‘lost’. A totally committed attempt at expressing her feelings to the very same man that is destroying her relationship.

The aim of the session will be to play, enjoy exploration and gain a sense of ownership of so-called ‘classic’ writing in a way that will hopefully lead to participants going on to seek out similar writing and also think about doing some writing themselves.

10- 11.30am

Age 16+

*This event is BSL interpreted by Esther Rose Thomas and Karen Newby*


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Music and Food

A live reggae set by The Vanbrugh Hill Music Syndicate with a selection of Caribbean canapes and drinks by The Sundial Spice Cafe.

1-2pm

All ages


All Legacy events are free in 2017 but booking in advance is advised. Phone 01634 337799, email chatham.library@medway.gov.uk , or visit the library. Read more about Legacy here. #MedwayLegacy 

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Moon on a Rainbow Shawl: Play text analysis and drama workshop with Anthony Ekundayo Lennon
Sep
2
10:00 AM10:00

Moon on a Rainbow Shawl: Play text analysis and drama workshop with Anthony Ekundayo Lennon

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Moon on a Rainbow Shawl: Play text analysis and drama workshop with Anthony Ekundayo Lennon

‘Moon on a Rainbow Shawl’ is a play originally written in 1921 by Trinidadian Errol John. It looks at themes of immigration, the struggles faced by the African Diaspora, faded dreams, and the sacrifices and aspirations of a post-war community living in poverty. The script includes multiple stories, diverse characters, calypso songs, children’s rhymes, and West Indian patois.

In 2014, established UK theatre director Anthony Ekundayo Lennon worked as Assistant Director on the Talawa Theatre and National Theatre’s UK tour of ‘Moon on a Rainbow Shawl’.

This three-hour session offers the unique opportunity to work with Anthony examining sections of the text to break down characters and themes, then to partake in a fun drama workshop where you can bring these ideas to life.

* This event is BSL interpreted *

Ages: 16+


All Legacy events are free in 2017 but booking in advance is advised. Phone 01634 337799, email rochester.library@medway.gov.uk , or visit the library. Read more about Legacy here. #MedwayLegacy 

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How Music Came to the World, feat Olusola Oyeleye
Aug
9
2:00 PM14:00

How Music Came to the World, feat Olusola Oyeleye

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How music came to the world: African Storytelling feat Olusola Oyeleye

‘How Music Came to the World’ is a 45-minute interactive storytelling experience for children aged between 3-12, created to ignite children’s imaginations.

Award winning director and experienced workshop leader Olusola explains the African story of how music came to the world, followed by a playful exploration where children and adults can dress up in traditional African clothes, dance and play traditional musical instruments.

* This event is BSL interpreted *

 

Ages: 3-12


All Legacy events are free in 2017 but booking in advance is advised. Phone 01634 337799 or visit the library. Read more about Legacy here. #MedwayLegacy 

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Caribbean Rhyme Time for Under 5's
Aug
8
1:45 PM13:45

Caribbean Rhyme Time for Under 5's

  • Rochester Library, Community Hub Rochester (map)
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Caribbean Rhyme Time for Under 5’s. 

Medway Libraries already operate a ‘Baby Bounce and Rhyme’ and ‘Toddler Shake and Boogie’ routine in their libraries for mothers and toddlers.

These four energetic and fun-packed sessions combine traditional nursery rhymes, songs and movement with Caribbean beats and melodies. This session is run by a Music For Change facilitator, Alexander D. Great. 

The event will introduce adults to the Caribbean islands and their musical influences. Everyone can then sing along to well-known nursery rhymes with the addition of mini steel pans, maracas, Caribbean calypso and reggae melodies.  

To end the 30-60 min session children will be offered mango segments and can dance to the song ‘Mango Time’, before taking a colouring –in sheet to continue the fun at home.     

All children must be accompanied by an adult.

 

Ages: Under 5’s


All Legacy events are free in 2017 but booking in advance is advised. Phone 01634 337799 or visit the library. Read more about Legacy here. #MedwayLegacy 

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Caribbean Rhyme Time for Under 5's
Aug
8
10:45 AM10:45

Caribbean Rhyme Time for Under 5's

  • Gillingham Library, Community Hub Gillingham (map)
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Caribbean Rhyme Time for Under 5’s. 

Medway Libraries already operate a ‘Baby Bounce and Rhyme’ and ‘Toddler Shake and Boogie’ routine in their libraries for mothers and toddlers.

These four energetic and fun-packed sessions combine traditional nursery rhymes, songs and movement with Caribbean beats and melodies. This session is run by a Music For Change facilitator, Alexander D. Great. 

The event will introduce adults to the Caribbean islands and their musical influences. Everyone can then sing along to well-known nursery rhymes with the addition of mini steel pans, maracas, Caribbean calypso and reggae melodies.  

To end the 30-60 min session children will be offered mango segments and can dance to the song ‘Mango Time’, before taking a colouring –in sheet to continue the fun at home.     

All children must be accompanied by an adult.

 

Ages: Under 5’s


All Legacy events are free in 2017 but booking in advance is advised. Phone 01634 337799 or visit the library. Read more about Legacy here. #MedwayLegacy 

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MOBO: Through the Ages, with The Vanbrugh Hill Music Syndicate
Jul
1
1:30 PM13:30

MOBO: Through the Ages, with The Vanbrugh Hill Music Syndicate

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MOBO: Through the Ages, with The Vanbrugh Hill Music Syndicate

This exciting live music event charts the music of black origin through the ages, from its origins in folk spirituals to Jazz, Soul, Motown, Lovers Rock and more.

In the first half of the show, celebrated band The Vanbrugh Hill Music Syndicate will cover renditions of gospel, works songs and classics from blues and jazz icons such as Charlie Parker and Miles Davis.

The second half will bring the music into the late 20th Century with renditions of Soul, Motown, Funk and Disco, Hip- Hop and Rnb, and Neosoul.

With accompanying videos and projections, and the opportunity for local vocalists to take to the stage with the band, this is an afternoon of great music that is not to be missed!!

 

 Ages: All ages welcome


All Legacy events are free in 2017 but booking in advance is advised. Phone 01634 337799 or visit the library. Read more about Legacy here. #MedwayLegacy 

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Wil Johnson: A Kent actor's career from grassroots to National fame
Jun
1
7:30 PM19:30

Wil Johnson: A Kent actor's career from grassroots to National fame

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Wil Johnson: A Kent actor's career from grass roots to National fame.

From stage to the silver screen, Wil Johnson has a wealth of acting experience in creating gripping drama, having worked alongside some of Britain's most respected theatre, television and film actors.

He has tread the boards at The Royal Court Theatre, Tricycle Theatre, Royal Exchange in Manchester, National Theatre, Shakespeare’s Globe and many more.  

On the small screen, Wil has starred in celebrated shows such as Clocking Off, Waterloo Road, Holby City, Lewis and Emmerdale, as well as the international Emmy award winning drama series Waking the Dead, and his film repertoire includes ‘Adulthood’, ‘Anuvahood’, ‘Dead End’, ‘Macbeth’ and the 2011 Golden Globe and Oscar Winning Film ‘In a Better World’. Wil has also  recently been cast in season 3 of Outlander.

This one-hour event screens some of Wil’s most popular TV and theatrical roles, charting how his career has blossomed and giving audiences an insight into how he approaches developing characters for those roles. Wil will also perform a live monologue before participating in a Q&A session.

 

Ages: 16+


All Legacy events are free in 2017 but booking in advance is advised. Phone 01634 337799 or visit the library. Read more about Legacy here. #MedwayLegacy 

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Hiphop and Dancehall Dance Workshops
May
30
11:00 AM11:00

Hiphop and Dancehall Dance Workshops

Hip Hop and Dancehall Dance Workshops by Cindy Claes

Special May Half Term Project – Tues 30th May, 11am-12noon and 1pm-2pm

 

This double dance session, run by Cindy Claes, explores the origins and techniques of Hip Hop dance and Dancehall, in two one-hour workshops. Open to beginners and advanced dancers alike, Cindy will take you through the history surrounding each style before delving into dance techniques, patterns, iconic moves, genres and freestyle methods of each dance. 

Cindy specialises in Dancehall, Hip-Hop and Krumping, and has taught all across the world. She has also worked with leading dance organisations such as East London Dance, Jonzi D productions and even the Royal Opera House!

All levels are welcome and the classes are accessible for wheelchair users to participate.

 
Suitable for ages 13-19


All Legacy events are free in 2017 but booking in advance is advised. Phone 01634 337799 or visit the library. Read more about Legacy here. #MedwayLegacy 


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The Story of Lovers Rock directed by Menelik Shabazz
May
4
7:30 PM19:30

The Story of Lovers Rock directed by Menelik Shabazz

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The Story of Lovers Rock directed by Menelik Shabazz

 

The Story of Lovers Rock is a documentary by award winning film director, producer and writer Menelik Shabazz. It tells the story of how Lovers Rock music defined a generation in the late 70’s and 80’s, hugely impacting on British Pop Culture. 

The Story of Lover’s Rock combines comedy, live performance, interviews and archive footage to shed light on the music and the generation that embraced it. Contributors to the documentary include UB40; Maxi Priest; Levi Roots; Linton Kwesi Johnson; comedians Angie Le Mar, Robbie G and Eddie Nestor, alongside new artists such as Ava Leigh and Lovella Ellis.

The Story of Lover’s Rock became one of the highest grossing documentaries in UK cinemas in 2011 and won the Jury award for Best Documentary at the Trinidad International Film Festival in 2012.

Join us for a full 90-minute documentary film screening of The Story of Lovers Rock. Light refreshments will be provided. 

Ages: 16+


All Legacy events are free in 2017 but booking in advance is advised. Phone 01634 337799 or visit the library. Read more about Legacy here. #MedwayLegacy 

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I am the Referee
Apr
6
7:30 PM19:30

I am the Referee

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I am the Referee’

 

I am the referee. I spoke to you both in the dressing room. Obey my command at all times. You both know the rules.”

 

‘I am the Referee’ follows the fascinating story of Ian John Lewis and his transition from Professional Boxer to a star referee for the World Boxing Championships.

Ian grew up in Medway as the only black boy in his school during the 1960s, and was later cheated out of his boxing dream. This injustice would break many people, but instead Ian went on to become the first black British referee to officiate a Heavyweight title fight between Vitali Klitschko and Shannon Briggs.

This one-hour book discussion will give an in- depth insight into the life of Ian John Lewis, and how the writer of ‘I am the Referee’ Mark Heffernan approached writing the autobiography. Audience members will be invited to take part in a Q+A.

 

Ages: 16+


All Legacy events are free in 2017 but booking in advance is advised. Phone 01634 337799 or visit the library. Read more about Legacy here. #MedwayLegacy 

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Caribbean Storytime with Anansi The Spider and Brer Rabbit for 3-12 year olds
Apr
4
10:30 AM10:30

Caribbean Storytime with Anansi The Spider and Brer Rabbit for 3-12 year olds

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Caribbean Storytime with Anansi the Spider and Brer Rabbit

Anansi is one of the most well-known and important characters in West African and Caribbean folklore. Brer Rabbit is the formidable trickster that originated in African mythology and travelled to the New World when these stories were re-told by slaves.

This special storytelling session led by nursery officer Marilyn Augustus, and a physical storyteller and dancer, will introduce the characters of Anansi the Spider and Brer Rabbit, and explain the background of these stories; from its origins in times of slavery,  to its use as a method of sharing moral advice and teachings in a new land.

Children can listen to the mischievous antics of Brer Rabbit and explore the messages of the stories through discussion and play. Then settle down and enjoy a live physical performance from the Anansi the Spider collection.

To end the session join in some animal crafts; make a rabbit face-mask or a spider headband, and even get your face painted as one of the animals from the many stories.

 

 

Ages: 3-12


All Legacy events are free in 2017 but booking in advance is advised. Phone 01634 337799 or visit the library. Read more about Legacy here. #MedwayLegacy 

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We Dance, We Work, We Sing
Mar
4
2:00 PM14:00

We Dance, We Work, We Sing

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We Dance, We Work, We Sing

‘We Dance, We Work, We Sing’ is a one-woman show by Ayesha Casely-Hayford, an actress from Strood in Medway, which is inspired by her grandmothers from Ghana. The story is told in the voices of three West African women speaking about their life and sharing their thoughts.

Join us for a 30-minute scratch performance of the show followed by a Q& A with writer and actress Ayesha Casely-Hayford and director Colin Watkeys. This scratch theatre performance was originally developed at The Face To Face Festival.

 

Ages: 12+


All Legacy events are free in 2017 but booking in advance is advised. Phone 01634 337799 or visit the library. Read more about Legacy here. #MedwayLegacy 

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Caribbean Rhyme Time for Under 5's
Feb
17
2:30 PM14:30

Caribbean Rhyme Time for Under 5's

Caribbean Rhyme Time for Under 5’s. 

Medway Libraries already operate a ‘Baby Bounce and Rhyme’ and ‘Toddler Shake and Boogie’ routine in their libraries for mothers and toddlers.

 These four energetic and fun-packed sessions combine traditional nursery rhymes, songs and movement with Caribbean beats and melodies. Run by a Lyrici Arts facilitator, the event will introduce adults to the Caribbean islands and their musical influences.

Everyone can then sing along to well-known nursery rhymes with the audio addition of steel pans, Caribbean calypso and reggae melodies.  

To end the 30-60 min session children will be offered mango segments and can dance to the song ‘Mango Time’, before taking a colouring –in sheet to continue the fun at home.     

All children must be accompanied by an adult.

 

Ages: Under 5’s


All Legacy events are free in 2017 but booking in advance is advised. Phone 01634 337799 or visit the library. Read more about Legacy here. #MedwayLegacy 

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Caribbean Rhyme Time for Under 5's
Feb
17
10:30 AM10:30

Caribbean Rhyme Time for Under 5's

  • Strood Library, Community Hub Strood (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Caribbean Rhyme Time for Under 5’s. 

Medway Libraries already operate a ‘Baby Bounce and Rhyme’ and ‘Toddler Shake and Boogie’ routine in their libraries for mothers and toddlers.

 These four energetic and fun-packed sessions combine traditional nursery rhymes, songs and movement with Caribbean beats and melodies. Run by a Lyrici Arts facilitator, the event will introduce adults to the Caribbean islands and their musical influences.

Everyone can then sing along to well-known nursery rhymes with the audio addition of steel pans, Caribbean calypso and reggae melodies.  

To end the 30-60 min session children will be offered mango segments and can dance to the song ‘Mango Time’, before taking a colouring –in sheet to continue the fun at home.     

All children must be accompanied by an adult.

 

Ages: Under 5’s


All Legacy events are free in 2017 but booking in advance is advised. Phone 01634 337799 or visit the library. Read more about Legacy here. #MedwayLegacy 

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Opening Weekend: Martin Luther King Day - Iconic black poetry and prose featuring Yomi Sode
Jan
14
10:00 AM10:00

Opening Weekend: Martin Luther King Day - Iconic black poetry and prose featuring Yomi Sode

  • Chatham Library, Community Hub Chatham (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS
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Legacy Opening Weekend: Martin Luther King Day- Iconic black poetry and prose, featuring Yomi Sode

Join Lyrici Arts and Medway Libraries at the grand launch of ‘Legacy’ – a ten-month programme of Black lyrical theatre and literature events in libraries across Medway.

January 16th is Martin Luther King Day and celebrates the man who inspired the world with his ‘I have a Dream’ speech. To join in the celebrations and launch the project, Legacy will be hosting a day jam-packed with crafts, music, poetry and Caribbean cuisine, with a guest appearance from poet Yomi Sode.  

In the morning, take part in a craft workshop looking at aspirations and dreams. During the afternoon listen to performances of iconic black speeches from the likes of Malcolm X, Maya Angelou and many more, before enjoying a poetry performance by renowned poet Yomi Sode. Yomi has performed at Wireless Festival and Latitude, as well as for Channel 4 and BBC Radio 1xtra. He is currently developing his one-man show COAT after two sold out scratch runs, and hosts a successful poetry night in Shoreditch each month.

To round off the day The Vanbrugh Hill Music Syndicate will be playing a live set of Motown and Soul classics, and a selection of Caribbean canapés, cakes and drinks will be on offer.

Ages: All ages welcome


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All Legacy events are free in 2017 but booking in advance is advised. Phone 01634 337799 or visit the library. Read more about Legacy here. #MedwayLegacy 

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