Invitation for women to take part in Bush Community Chorus

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The Bush Theatre is looking for women of all ages and experiences to join writer Mojisola Adebayo and director Omar Elerian to work with a company of professional actors and take part in a performance of The Interrogation of Sandra Bland. Those taking part would be needed from 10am-10pm on either the 23, 24, or 25 Mar 2017.

In response to a call out from Artistic Directors of the Future, in Jan 2016 theatre-maker Mojisola Adebayo sat down at her desk and transcribed the dash-cam recording of the arrest of Sandra Bland on 10 July 2015. Bland was pulled over by Police Officer Brian Encinia for a failure to signal. As events escalated, she was forcefully arrested and taken into custody. She was found hanged in her cell in Waller County, Texas, on 13 July. Sandra Bland was a 28 year old black woman. She was due to start her new job the next day.

This transcript is the starting point for a short performance that will feature as part of Black Lives, Black Words 23-25 Mar 2017. The transcribed recording will be read by a chorus of female performers in multiple voices. Each night will feature a group of women on stage who will be joined by a different chorus to bring this piece of evidence of police brutality to life.

Please RSVP to [email protected] by 15 Mar. Due to limited capacity for each day’s performance please specify your available dates (23-25 Mar) in order of preference along with a brief introduction to yourself.

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