A Celebration of Black History
The Liverpool Playhouse
The Liverpool Playhouse recently staged a Community Showcase, featuring
mainly young people, in celebration of Black History Month.
“It was a memorable occasion in which we helped recognise the achievements
and skills of individuals, groups and organisations who have contributed
to the rich and varied cultural life which Liverpool has to offer,”
said a Black History Month spokesperson.
The poet and urban griot Levi Tafari, who is a great ambassador for the
black community in Liverpool, opened the show with a selection of his
perceptive and often witty writings.
An all female dance group ‘Dance Alive’ then produced an energetic
and engaging performance in a piece called ‘The Journey’.
Tracing the development of Jazz dance over the past 100 years, It was
a homage to those involved in Jazz who had discovered, experimented and
created this art form.
‘Homeland’ - performed by members of the Liverpool Everyman
and Playhouse Young People’s Theatre - explored the hopes, expectations
and experiences - via drama and music - of people travelling from Jamaica
to England in the early 1950s, who were often treated like lepers on their
arrival to this country.
The props on stage although basic, nevertheless helped adequately to convey
the message underlining the narrative of the story.
The events described were based on the actual experiences of people who
came to Liverpool during that period.
The gospel group, ‘One Heart, One Voice Choir’, opening the
second part of the show, worked well together, despite a few technical
hitches with the sound equipment, in a rousing and joyous performance,
including a fine version of ‘Lean on Me’ by Marvin Gaye.
An unusual theatre piece by Black Out Productions, themed around carnival
and riot titled ‘Carnival 8’, also included music by Marvin
Gaye, featured 12 youngsters, who finished their act, wearing colourful
and eye catching costumes.
The Showcase ended on a dynamic note with Fade2 performing their own written
music and choreographed dance routines, together with the ‘Rap Crew’
Fade2 and DANGER FORCE are part of the innovative Liverpool based POSITIVE
IMPACT creative arts training project.
There were many excellent events during Black History month, too many
to cover here but check out if you would like to contact the organisations