Royal Court presents Passages: Marking 70 years of V Empire Windrush’s Arrival

“7 Films for 7 decades”

To mark seventy years after the arrival of passenger liner V Empire Windrush at Tilbury Docks, Essex, and in response to the recent Windrush scandal, writer/director Lynette Linton has commissioned and is curating Passages: A Windrush Celebration, a series of seven monologue films presented by the Royal Court Theatre.

Writers include Rikki Beadle-Blair, Natasha Gordon, Kwame Kwei-Armah, Lynette Linton, Jamael Westman,Winsome Pinnock and Roy Williams. The films, which focus on the British West Indian experience, will be released weekly online later this year.

Passages: A Windrush Celebration will culminate in a day of celebration which will include food, music and a screening of all seven films, held at the Royal Court theatre.

Lynette Linton, who is of #Guyanese heritage, said;

‘I always knew I wanted to create something around the #Windrush generation. It’s a part of British history. Yet, I hadn’t been taught about it at school. Why? If it hadn’t been for my own personal connection, I wouldn’t have known much about this period at all. And then the scandal happened. And I wasn’t even surprised. I was and am still angry. Frustrated. Desperate to do something. I wanted to find a way of celebrating how much our parents and grandparents have contributed to this county while acknowledging the struggle too. So I spoke to those with West Indian heritage around me, as well as artists I respected, and asked for their opinion. How do we honour this anniversary? What did we want to say? How do we give a voice to our community in a time where we should be celebrating our legacy but instead we’re worrying for our grandparents’ safety? Passages: A #Windrush Celebration is our contribution to the debate. I am thrilled to be working alongside so many artists from my community that I admire and respect. We wouldn’t be here without the Windrush generation. It is time for us to tell our story using our own words.”

Passages: A Windrush Celebration will be produced by Lynette Linton and Christopher Haydon with support by Black Apron Entertainment, #MisfitFilms and the #Royal Court Theatre.

The event will take place on Saturday 13th April 2019 check back here for more info.

Royal Court Passages (Photo credit Niall McDiarmid)

Read our interviews with Natasha Gordon and  Kwame Kwei-armah

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