Tales from the Front Line

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Autumn 2020

An online experience which will be available via talawa.com

Tales from the Front Line will document the contribution of Black workers at the front line of the Covid-19 crisis, creating a lasting historical record.

Overview

Using verbatim interviews from Black key and front line workers, and with humour and hope, Tales from the Front Line will be an online experience exploring the Covid-19 crisis and its impact on the communities most affected by the pandemic. 

Tales from the Front Line will document the contribution of Black workers at the front line of the Covid-19 crisis, creating a lasting historical record. It will explore their relationships with British society and how the pandemic has challenged their perceptions of belonging, especially in the wake of the Windrush Scandal and the global Black Lives Matter movement. 

  • Michael Buffong, Artistic Director, Talawa Theatre Company

    "If not for Covid-19, we would find our lives dominated by BREXIT and the Windrush scandal. Covid-19 exposes the fact the people most affected by these hostilities are the ones who are keeping the country alive, sustained and functioning. We want to gather and share these powerful stories from the front line to ensure that these contributions by Black British people cannot be erased from the historical record."

  • Talawa are speaking to people from a wide spectrum of key and front line workers, including Transport for London employees, supermarket staff, teachers, teaching assistants, social care workers and delivery drivers, and draws contributors from Talawa’s Croydon home and from across the UK. 

    Black artists will be given the freedom to use these testimonies to create a dramatised work featuring music, photography, movement, soundscapes and animations – whatever they feel best conveys the story. 

    Tales from the Front Line will document the contribution of Black workers at the front line of the Covid-19 crisis, creating a lasting historical record. It will explore their relationships with British society and how the pandemic has challenged their perceptions of belonging, especially in the wake of the Windrush Scandal and the global Black Lives Matter movement. 

    Tales from the Front Line will be available on Talawa’s website in Autumn 2020.

    Supported by Arts Council England and Croydon Council’s Culture Relief Fund

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