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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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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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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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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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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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