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At Home I Speak

November 17, 3:00 pm - 4:45 pm

Over 300 languages are spoken by London’s children, yet language learning in schools is in decline, and the new Prime Minister is concerned that ‘English is not spoken by some people as their first language’.

Following an arts residency at Gearies Primary School in Redbridge, where the students speak over 45 languages, playwright Neela Doležalová and composer Richard Melkonian have created a new play that explores multilingualism in contemporary Britain.

Based on recordings with students, teachers and families, At Home I Speak will provoke, entertain and enchant. It will explore how the languages we speak shape our sense of community, culture and identity. What does it feel like to grow up in a multilingual environment when English fluency is increasingly equated with the right to belong? Does it matter what language we dream in?

After the play, join academics Malachi McIntosh, Godela Weiss-Sussex, Naomi Wells, and Amina Yaqin for a post-show discussion on contemporary attitudes to multilingualism.

In partnership with

Institute of Modern Languages Research, The Open World Research Initiative, Gearies Primary School, Wasafiri Magazine, The Space Between

Contact email address

modernlanguages@sas.ac.uk

Booking required?

Yes


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Date:
November 17
Time:
3:00 pm - 4:45 pm
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Website:
https://richmix.org.uk/events/at-home-i-speak

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Join us for a creative celebration of languages and how they relate to imagination and identity. Watch a new play developed in residency at an East London school where the students speak over 45 languages between them. Post-show Q&A.
Is booking required?
Yes
Contact email address
modernlanguages@sas.ac.uk
Event partners
Institute of Modern Languages Research, The Open World Research Initiative, Gearies Primary School, Wasafiri Magazine, The Space Between
Region
London
City/town
London
Accessibility information
Rich Mix is a fully wheelchair accessible. For accessibility information please contact the venue.
Image copyright information
Copyright: Neela Dolezalova. Photo credit: Lidia Crisafulli

Venue

Rich Mix
35-47 Bethnal Green Rd
London, E1 6LA United Kingdom
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Accessibility information
Rich Mix is a fully wheelchair accessible. For accessibility information please contact the venue.
Phone:
020 7613 7498
Website:
https://richmix.org.uk