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We're on the hunt for YOUR Hidden Histories

Posted on 4 March 2016

Are you a resident of Coventry and Warwickshire with family connections to the Caribbean during the 1950s and early 60s? If so, the Belgrade Theatre wants to hear from YOU.

To mark the opening of Red Snapper in Coventry, the Belgrade Theatre is appealing for Coventry and Warwickshire residents with family connections to the Caribbean to come forward to share their stories of the islands during the years 1950-1969.

The appeal has been launched to coincide with the opening of Liz Mytton’s debut play, Red Snapper, which is set in Jamaica 1962, during its year of Independence and stars BAFTA and Golden Globe nominated actress Cathy Tyson as part of an all-female cast of five.

Shining a spotlight on the stories of five women swimming against the tide of political and social change, Red Snapper is the stunning debut play by Liz Mytton and the first full production to come from the Belgrade Theatre’s acclaimed playwriting project, Critical Mass for emerging playwrights from Black and Minority Ethnic Communities.

The Belgrade Theatre is particularly interested in hearing from local residents with links to Jamaica during the years 1962 – 1969.

Any memories gathered as part of the Hidden Histories appeal will be go towards the creation of a temporary exhibition which will be displayed at the Belgrade during the show’s run in Coventry entitled, A Taste of Home.

If you have a memory, photo or experience that you would like to share, please contact Kate Evans (Communications Officer – Press and Digital Media) on Tel: 024 7684 6715 or email: kevans@belgrade.co.uk by no later than Fri 18th March.

Jamaica, 1962. The island is alive with the excitement of independence and the thrill of providing the setting for the iconic James Bond movie, Dr. No.

But for five women and their husbands on the council, this is a time of mixed fortunes and uncertainty, as personal and political tensions simmer against a backdrop of mass emigration and unrest. With local people increasingly excluded from the beaches, so as not to ruin the view for the growing tourist trade, a planned visit from nearby Cuba’s communist leader, Fidel Castro, has the islanders in a spin. Will the high profile visitor bring further prestige and glamour, or will his presence incite the island’s downtrodden fishing community to rise up?

With an all-female cast, including BAFTA and Golden Globe nominee Cathy Tyson, playing a collection of vibrant characters, and dialogue loaded with humour and pathos, this thrilling new drama will be directed by Belgrade Associate Director, Justine Themen who makes her directorial debut as part of an all-female creative team this March.

Red Snapper makes its stage premiere in B2 from Sat 5 – Sat 19 Mar. Tickets are priced from £9.50 – £17. Tickets are available from the Belgrade Box Office on 024 7655 3055 or via the Belgrade Theatre website at www.belgrade.co.uk

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