Over the last three months the International Slavery Museum education team have been working with a group of young actors from the Street Life Foundation. The group used the painting by William Windus, 'The Black Boy', on display in the International Slavery Museum, as the starting point for a new play 'The Stowaway' written by group leader, Caroline Ihiekwe.
As part of their research the group worked closely with the education teams at the Maritime Museum and Museum of Liverpool, to find out what everyday life was like in Victorian Liverpool and how it affected children and young people of all classes. Mark, a member of the Street Life acting team, tells us more:
This is my second show I have had the privilege to perform for Street Life. 'The Stowaway' rehearsals were intense, but I have loved every minute of it. Since October we have rehearsed every Sunday at the International Slavery Museum and now, three months on, have a finished show.
Our performance will be on Tuesday 19 February at 1.30 and 3pm. Unlike our previous show, we have a lot of group scripted work, which was a challenge for some of us but throughout the creative process the group have grown stronger and stronger and now, eventually, the show is complete. We are also in the process of filming the play in and around the Maritime Museum and Museum of Liverpool, so look out for that exciting film debut to come!
So please everyone come and see a show that has had a lot of time and effort put into it, and see how we have interpreted the William Windus painting, ‘The Black Boy’.