9 October 2020

Black History Month: Are you sure we are awake? 

An online collaboration between artists in the South West and Zambia, this unique piece of theatre seizes the present moment and examines what is happening now and how we got to this point.

Inspired by recent events, the piece explores colonialism and Covid and thinks about the place for love in all of that. Come prepared to open your mind to the world.

Performed by Sheba Soul Ensemble assisted by Serah Chibombwe and Kumbukani Zulu, live from Zambia, and Daphine Arinda live from Uganda. Written and directed by Akulah Agbami.

Sheba Soul Ensemble are a women–led, Black theatre company formed in Bristol in 2017. Inspired by the histories and achievements of people of African descent, they take an African-centred approach to all their work, centring the audience at the heart of all their work.

This event is part of our Black History Month programme.

‘A very moving and beautiful evening. The work seems to have the audience – and the company’s relationship to them – at its heart. Fantastic!’ – Jesse Briton, Wassail Theatre.

‘The Sheba Soul Ensemble is incredible. They are a transformative force of nature.’ – Helen Compton-Harris, Director of Richard Wright Public Charter School for Journalism, Washington

The Sheba Soul Ensemble meant so very much to me. I’ll be praising and praising them for a long time.’ – Professor Carolivia Herron, Howard University, Washington.

How to watch

This free online performance will be held over Zoom. Please book your place below. Details of how to join the session will be in your registration email. Please check your spam folder if the email does not arrive. Bookings close at 2pm on Friday 9 October.

Although this talk is free, we would be grateful if you could consider making a donation.

Please visit the Zoom website for guidance on joining meetings. Please allow extra time before the talk begins to make sure everything is working correctly. It’s up to you whether you turn on your video but all guests will be muted once the talk begins. You are welcome to ask questions in the chat box throughout the talk.


With thanks to our Equality and Diversity programme sponsor: UWE Bristol.

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