The Malcolm X Elders’ Theatre Company recently revived their 2012 show, We Have Overcome, updating and re-devising in the light of the Windrush scandal. The show follows the story of when the Elders first moved to Bristol, the struggles they faced and how they overcame them. A crowdfunder campaign supported the revival of the show, which was also supported by Quartet.
The performances took place at the acta theatre in Bristol, and then toured, first to the Malcolm X Community Centre in St Pauls and then to the Strike a Light festival – a community centre in Gloucester. Both community shows sold out and enjoyed standing ovations from delighted audiences, 90% of whom were African Caribbean themselves and could directly relate to the stories they saw on stage, laughing at the jokes and singing along to the songs…
A very personal story – really powerful when acted by the people who experienced it.
The women with their full, amazing lives – positivity and resilience.
You could laugh and make us laugh with you.
We are delighted to announce that the show has recently secured funds to extend the tour later this year, taking it back again to Malcolm X Centre, as well as a second community performance in Lockleaze. Then in the Autumn term, the elders will take a workshop performance to five Bristol schools, all with a high proportion of Windrush descendants – Glenfrome Primary, Dolphin Primary, City Academy, Cotham School & Colston’s Girls’ school.