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Theatre Royal Stratford East to release audio play in response to George Floyd’s death

Hira Desai

By Hira Desai First Published 16 July 2020, Last Updated 16 July 2020

Following George Floyd’s tragic death in May this year, BAFTA Award-winning and Olivier Award-nominated playwright Roy Williams brought together 14 writers to respond artistically to the murder and the Black Lives Matter Movement.

The audio play entitled 846 features a collection of short pieces, each of which is a standalone exploration of racial inequality and oppression. Together they form a powerful tapestry of voices.

Directed by Ola Ince and featuring a soundscape by Donato Wharton, the audio play will be available to listen to for free at www.stratfordeast.com/846 on Monday 20 July.

846 will also be adapted and performed live as part of the Greenwich+Docklands International Festival on Saturday 12 September. Casting for 846 Live will be announced in due course and tickets will be available from www.festival.org/gdif-846 from Thursday 6 August, so be sure to keep your eyes peeled!

Commenting on his reaction to the murder and the inspiration behind his latest work, lead playwright, Roy Williams, said: “As shocking as it was, the little voice inside my head was saying ‘You know you are going to write about this, so what are you waiting for? Get going!’ I did, but I knew I couldn’t do this alone. I reached out to a group of Black and Asian writers that I belong to on Facebook. They were as shocked and as sickened as I was. I told them what my little voice was telling me, that we should respond!“

Stratford East Artistic Director, Nadia Fall, said: “In normal times, we’d be front and centre with an artistic response to the George Floyd murder and the activism which has followed it. And though are doors are currently closed we were passionate about producing work that speaks to this moment and adds its voice to the vital push for change that is happening with the BlackLivesMatter movement.”


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