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Talk Show - What Shadows // FREE event

What Shadows

Talk Show is an exciting new addition to our post-show talks at The Lyceum. We are inviting artists, authors and thinkers to come and watch a show with us. They will then take the stage themselves to share their response to the themes of the play with our audiences. Expect, ideas, insight and stimulation through short talks, song, music, poetry and conversation.

Chris Hannan’s play What Shadows looks back into our recent history to a speech given by Enoch Powell in 1968, which became infamous as the 'Rivers of Blood' speech. The play is rich with ideas on everything from racism to friendship, but at its heart is an examination of migration, nationhood and belonging, so we have invited five guests, each with their own insights into migration, along to watch the play with us and share their responses on these themes:

  • Professor Tanja Bueltmann is a historian of migration and a prolific commentator on the social and political issues of migration today, having written for The Guardian and The Conversation among others
  • Jaimini Jethwa is a writer, award winning filmmaker, and teacher who recently wrote the acclaimed drama Last Queen Of Scotland (Stellar Quines, National Theatre Scotland and Dundee Rep) telling the story of a Ugandan seeking refuge in Dundee
  • Barbara Helm researches the migration of birds, studying the rhythms of their annual and daily activities and their ability to track resources for reproduction or survival over enormous distances
  • Martin Green and Becky Unthank collaborated on last year’s Edinburgh International Festival hit FLIT - a musical exploration of migration inspired by the heart-warming and heartbreaking first-hand stories of people moving between nations
  • Eric Robinson, ran against Enoch Powell in the 1970 General Election, as the Liberal candidate for the seat of Wolverhampton South West, an election dominated by themes of immigration. He ultimately came 3rd, with Enoch winning 64% of the vote in the constituency.

Join us for an hour of fresh insight, music and ideas from unexpected places.

This project is supported by James and Morag Anderson.


Dates and Times

Saturday 23 September 2017

EVENING, 5.30pm

Running time: Approximately 1 hour


FREE but ticketed