Ode to the James Town Child

Stephen Collins (Artist), Nii Kwartelai Quartey (Artist)

Research output: Non-textual formPerformance

Abstract

A family in James Town, Accra, Ghana, has to confront a critical situation of either allowing their children to travel for ‘’better education and life’’ outside their community or put up with them in dire situation of severe famine and hardship. Torn between the devil and deep blue sea, the children were transported to a place strange to them where they experience first-hand the physical and psychic horrors of chattel slavery.But eventually the redemptive power of community and rebellion dawn on them.But how does one seek freedom in a place where one does not know the language, geography and at a time one is bereft of the resources and facility to transport back home. This play by Nii Kwartelai Quartey, directed by Collins S. Seymah based on the research by Stephen Collins (PhD) bends concepts of time and space in order to take the protagonists, Dede and Kpani, and the audience through the terrible ordeal that finds connection between the historic and contemporary sale in humans in cosmopolitan city of James Town. Join us for a BlackNificent theatre and engaging Q&A immediately afterwards facilitated by our Principal Investigator!
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 7 Jun 2019

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  • Activities

    • 1 Oral presentation

    'They would also eat stones': exploring modern slavery in James Town'

    Stephen Collins (Speaker)

    8 Jul 2019

    Activity: Talk or presentationOral presentation

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    Collins, S. (Artist), & Quartey, N. K. (Artist). (2019). Ode to the James Town Child. Performance