Selina Thompson (UK)

salt.

Performances
PHOTO: RICHARD DAVENPORT

The Transatlantic Slave Triangle connected Africa with Europe and the Americas; it was the transport route for innocent masses stolen in the name of racism and greed. Some of us look away from this tragic history, while others have the courage to face it head-on. Among the brave is Selina Thompson, and in this gripping performance she recounts her journey along one stretch of the route by cargo ship. Speaking directly to the audience, she holds forth on the past, both recent and distant; on confinement, both physical and mental; on the ways in which people forget and the choice they can make to remember…

Combining ritual, ceremony and oratory to powerful effect, Thompson’s work is as social as it is theatrical: she works to generate discussion about the ways we might heal and change. For all its communal power, though, salt. is an intensely personal work. It offers us large-scale history through the prism of one disquieted soul.

Some shows feel as if they need to be made: that they serve a deeper purpose for the maker. [This is] one such show. —The Stage 

PHOTO: BRYONY JACKSON

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When

January 24–26
POST-SHOW TALKBACK: JAN 25
60 minutes, no intermission

8PM

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Single tickets $39
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Credits

WRITER, PERFORMER Selina Thompson DIRECTOR Dawn Walton DESIGNER Katherina Radeva LIGHTING DESIGNER Cassie Mitchell RELIGHTS Louise Gregory SOUND DESIGNER Sleepdogs Collective DRAMATURGICAL SUPPORT Maddy Costa, Season Butler & Bryony Kimmings PRODUCER Emma Beverley PRODUCTION MANAGER Louise Gregory PHOTOGRAPHER, DOCUMENTER Richard Davenport COMMISSIONED BY Yorkshire Festival, Theatre Bristol and MAYK SUPPORTED BY Arts Council England and 200 kind and generous supporters who donated towards the voyage across the Atlantic.

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