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Freedom and Revolution

17 November, 2020, 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

This is an online event.

This one-off online talk will be an unmissable opportunity to join a discussion between researchers and the National Youth Theatre playwright, director and sound artist involved in the ‘Freedom and Revolution’ project.

In 1807 French prisoners of war from Napoleon’s navy were held on prison ships in Portsmouth bay. A group of them wrote and performed a historical drama on board tackling the incendiary topic of the uprising in Haiti in 1793. The manuscript has survived and is the starting point for ‘Freedom and Revolution’, a collaboration between researchers from the University of Warwick, English Heritage’s Shout out Loud project and the National Youth Theatre.

You’ll gain new insights into both the research uncovered by Warwick researchers and the creative process of reconceptualising the prisoner-of-war play with young participants from both the local community and the National Youth Theatre. There will also be plenty of opportunities to ask questions.

The project addresses issues of slavery, race, and revolution in the haunting setting of Portchester Castle, drawing on the site’s unexpected history to give space to the unheard voices from the past which demand creative expression.

Those attending the event may be interested to explore the exhibition in Portchester castle’s keep.

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English Heritage/ National Youth Theatre

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17 November, 2020
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
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Online: University of Warwick
University of Warwick
Coventry, CV4 7AL United Kingdom
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