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Elaine Mitchener: SWEET TOOTH

Thu 23rd Nov, 19:30 at the Bluecoat (Liverpool)

Photo by Pier Corona

Join us for the premiere of SWEET TOOTH, a powerful music theatre performance interrogating historical links between sugar and slavery, by acclaimed vocalist and movement artist Elaine Mitchener.

This ambitious 50 minute music theatre piece uses text, improvisation and movement, to stage a dramatic engagement with the brutal realities of slavery revealed by the historical records of the sugar industry, and to reveal its contemporary echoes.
SWEET TOOTH marks the culmination of five years’ research by Mitchener into our love of sugar and the historical links between the UK sugar industry and the Transatlantic Slave Trade.

Premiering SWEET TOOTH at Bluecoat engages the work directly with the history of colonialism and transatlantic slavery. The location is especially resonant, as in 1717 the building was originally a charity school for orphans that relied on subscriptions and donations from many families involved in slavery or slave-related industries like sugar, tobacco and cotton.

SWEET TOOTH has been supported with public funding from Arts Council England. Commissioned by Bluecoat in partnership with the Stuart Hall Foundation, London and The International Slavery Museum with further support from PRSF Open FundEdge Hill UniversityCentre 151 and St George’s Bloomsbury.

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Photo by Pier Corona