The Great Experiment | A new play about the experience of indentured migrants

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Date and time: 
Fri 21 & Sat 22 February 2020 | Doors Open 7pm | 8pm Start
Admission: 
Ticketed
Price: 
£17
Location: 
Cutty Sark
Season: 
Cutty Sark Lates
Border Crossings 
in association with Dugdale Centre and Exchange Theatre
present
THE GREAT EXPERIMENT
 
Join us between the decks of Cutty Sark, as the ship is brought vividly back to life in a vibrant and challenging new play about the 19th century voyages across the Indian Ocean.
 
'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. 
 
16+ only. 
 
Image credit: En Famille No.5 - Shiraz Bayjoo 2017