Client: Malmo Theatre (Sweden) and other UK partners tbc
Imagine armed troops blocking you from going to school. In 1957? In 2019?
Little Rock is the second of my current projects with Dritero Kasapi (director of Nina – a story about me and Nina Simone) supported by an Arts Council/British Council International Artists Development Award.
Little Rock is a co-production with Malmo City Theatre, using a similar process to the one used to develop Nina –pan international creative teams, R&D in UK and Sweden, show being rehearsed and created in Sweden and playing in both countries.
The work’s starting point is the Little Rock crisis in the fall of 1957. Governor Orval Faubus ordered the Arkansas National Guard to prevent African American students from enrolling at Central High School.
70 years later one of the Little Rock nine recalls what happened, sharing her story with a child little older than she was then.
Dritero Kasapi is being joined by Iranian writer Behrand Behjdou to tell this special story.
Development period: First R&D in Malmo, Autumn 18
Second R&D in UK, Spring 19
Opens Malmo, Autumn 19
Plays the UK in Spring 20
What we are looking for: UK Partner venues