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Thursday 6 February and Friday 7 February 7.45pm

Theatre: Border Crossings present The Great Experiment

Dugdale Centre, Enfield Town, EN2 6DS  

image Image: Shiraz Bayjoo

The Dugdale welcomes Enfield-based theatre company Border Crossings: award-winning intercultural theatre-makers from Mauritius, Africa, India, Ireland and the UK!

‘I didn’t know that when slavery was abolished in 1833, it was the slave owners that were compensated. The biggest bailout until 2009’s bank bailout.

I didn’t know that Britain’s wealth had so much to do with empire and exploitation.

I didn’t know that Britain had never made an apology.

I didn’t know’

Slavery may have been abolished in 1833, but in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries over 2 million Indian migrant labourers were indentured to work in plantations around the world. The workers boarded ships that would take them thousands of miles from home in search of ‘a better life’, while the abolitionists, and Indian nationalists, called this a ‘new system of slavery’ and the ‘international shame of the Indian’.

The roots of our Mauritian, Asian-Caribbean, Malaysian & African-Asian communities are all buried in this history, known as THE GREAT EXPERIMENT.

As award-winning theatre-makers Border Crossings create their new play about these indentured migrations, the company of actors from the Mauritius and the UK begin to feel the weight of history in their own lives and their responsibility to the past. Join them as together they question who has the right to tell a story and who has the right to be heard.

Tickets: £16 | £14 concessions


Thursday 6th and Friday 7th February at 7.45pm
Dugdale Centre, Enfield

Tuesday 11th - Saturday 15th February at 7.30pm (Matinee Wed 12th at 1.30pm)
Post-show discussion: Tue 11th Feb
Tara Theatre, Earlsfield

Tuesday 18th and Wednesday 19th February at 7.30pm
The Playground Theatre, Kensington

Friday 21st and Saturday 22nd February at 8pm
Post-show discussion: Fri 21st Feb
Cutty Sark, Greenwich

Sunday 23rd February at 3pm (includes post-show discussion)
Museum of London Docklands, Isle of Dogs

Collection Day
Saturday 29th February, 11am - 3pm
National Maritime Museum, Greenwich

Further Collection Day dates to be announced soon.

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