This panel discussion will reflect on the Freedom & Revolution project, a joint project by the University of Warwick, English Heritage and National Youth Theatre. The project explores the hidden Black history of Portchester Castle near Portsmouth through a new play that re-thinks race and gender in the French Revolution. The play, The Ancestors, written by Lakesha Arie-Angelo and directed by Jade Lewis, was rehearsed, staged and filmed at the Castle in August 2021 with a cast of young performers aged 18-25 from National Youth Theatre’s network of creative young people. The discussion will illuminate the power of theatre to communicate humanities research to new audiences. It will explore how the partnership can be a model for creative collaboration and how combining research and co-creation can be empowering for young Black people.