Matilda and Me

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Opened 21 Apr 2014
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WHAT IS IT ABOUT?

"Matilda is my Grandma. She migrated from Jamaica to England in 1962. Now all of her memories have faded. I need to remember for her, for me, for us" A woman makes a decision that will change the course of her family's future. Five decades later this performance considers the eminence and consequence of that choice voiced through the third generation granddaughter who is speaking from both perspectives of herself and Matilda. Reflecting on the history of the two islands, Great Britain and Jamaica, the storyteller is faced with contradictions in her in-betweeness as she contemplates the slave trade and the expansion of the British Empire. This colourful and challenging performance weaves together storytelling, spoken word, dubpoetry, live art, autobiography, and reggae music charged with political content surrounding migration, colonialism, racism, and the crucial shifts needed in the perception of our British cultural identity.