Dates and Times
Tue 22 - Wed 23 May at 7:15pm
Part of our Spring 2018 programme. Browse the full season here. Take advantage of our double bill ticket offer, and book two different shows on the same night for just £16! Simply add the tickets into your basket and we’ll do the rest.
by Syliva Arthur, presented by Talawa Theatre Company
“I am a cog in the wheel of Free Movement. I am my ancestors’, my contemporaries’, and my descendants’ wildest dreams.”
While Barack Obama is fulfilling his American Dream as the first Black president of the United States, Sylvia Arthur, a Black Brit, is in Brussels in pursuit of the European version.
Working at the political heart of Europe, tasked with promoting Freedom of Movement, she zigzags the continent proselytising the benefits of a borderless Union.
But as the President faces resistance to his agenda, so does she as nativism, authoritarianism, misogyny, and racism sweep through Europe, and the world, and dreams begin to crumble.
Interweaving music, video, and images with spoken word, Obama & Me takes on the big issues of Brexit, Trump, US and EU race relations, and the global refugee crisis in a powerful, compelling narrative that explores the meaning of identity, politics, power, and belonging in the post-post-racial 21st century.
About the companies
Sylvia Arthur is a playwright and narrative nonfiction writer whose work explores themes of identity, diaspora, politics, and place. In 2017, her short play, Haze, had a six-night run at The Vaults theatre in London as part of the Significant Other Festival. Her one-woman show, Obama & Me, was performed at Brighton Fringe, showcased at Talawa Firsts in London and performed in San Francisco to a sold-out audience in October 2017. It will go on a UK studio tour in Spring 2018.
Talawa is one of the UK’s most successful Black-led touring theatre companies. Talawa’s work is informed by the wealth and diversity of the Black British experience, through which we create outstanding work by cultivating the best in emerging and established Black artists.
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