Directed by Hilary Westlake
Sugar and Spice is an informative introduction to the horrors and greed
of the transatlantic slave trade that took place over two hundred years
ago. The show has been devised to commemorate the bicentenary of the abolition
of the slave trade. An empty stage and six actresses and actors with ongoing
film, sound and text, all express individual viewpoints bringing up important
issues concerning the past, present and future. It is interesting to listen
to the ways in which they all investigate this appalling industry.
I felt that the director Hilary Westlake had aimed to work on a play
that allowed the audience to mentally participate in the debate of past
and ongoing slave labour, allowing us to contemplate our way through historical
Liverpool as one example, acknowledging and questioning its history of
financial power and in what ways it is seen and not seen by many as a
prosperous and successful city.
The play is an investigation into crimes of humanity that unfortunately
still exist in our present day on a local, national and global level.
Well worth seeing.