Now-Here: Hidden Histories

NST’s Now-Here festival discovering Hidden Histories.

10 July, 2018 - 12 July, 2018

    Nuffield Southampton Theatres presents

    Now-Here: Hidden Histories

    Tuesday 10th - Thursday 12th July at NST City

    Supported by Black History Month


    The Now-Here three day arts festival returns to explore the theme of Southampton’s hidden histories, inspired by the story SS Mendi that was hidden for decades.  The programme of events supported by Black History Month South, includes free workshop exploring Chinese stories, a performance of the critically acclaimed “Raising Lazarus”  which charts the experiences of one man who left Grenada to fight for England in the First World War,  debate, spoken word/rap from Newtown group Alfa,  African music from African Activities and an exhibition of photography.

    All events are Free

    Nuffield Southampton Theatres’ (NST) annual festival of performance, exhibitions, storytelling, music, workshops and lunch time talks, Now-Here, returns from 10-12 July.

    This year, Now-Here will celebrate the reclamation of identity and people’s true place in history, sharing hidden stories of race and the whitewashing of history of those forgotten through a series of events.

    The three-day festival begins with a seminar and workshop from Moongate Productions and Yellow Earth Theatre on the themes of migration, art and labour, and is followed by Experiment, a scratch performance night of new theatre based on the theme ‘Hidden Histories’.

    On Wednesday 11 July, performance poet Kat Francois presents her critically acclaimed play Raising Lazurus, which charts the incredible story of Kat’s relative Private Lazarus Francois, who left the Caribbean island of Grenada to join the fight for Britain during the First World War. NST will also host a panel discussion on untold stories.

    The festival concludes on Thursday 12 July with workshops from African Activities as well as poetry readings around the theme Hidden Histories.

    Running across all dates is an exhibition showcasing lesser known or forgotten stories about Southampton’s history from local residents.


    Now-Here is produced by NST and supported by Black History Month South.

    Black History Month Southampton was established 14 years ago and remains a popular fixture in the City’s calendar. It’s main objective is to promote knowledge of black history and experience and achieves this by a concentrated series of events, workshops and celebrations around the month of October every year.

    This year BHM South are pleased to be working with the NST on a number of productions. We are supporting the Now-Here festival which is discovering “Hidden Histories”; where we have a special interest. BHM are also running an exhibition of photographs and images which represent the 500 years that Black people have been a presence in Southampton. We are also assisting and supporting the "SS Mendi: Dancing The Death Drill" production and helping to develop further links with BME communities.


    WHAT'S ON?

     

    Tuesday 10th July

    Forgotten Experiment
       

    Wednesday 11th July

    Alfa Raising Lazarus
       

    Thursday 12th July

    The Good Neighbour Aysha and the Connell Brothers