Stage Play: As The Mother of a Brown Boy…

02May09

Mother of a Brown Boy...INQUEST WILL BE HOSTING Q&A SESSIONS AFTER TWO PERFORMANCES BY CHICKENSHED THEATRE COMPANY OF AS THE MOTHER OF A BROWN BOY…

THURSDAY 7th MAY 2009The Bernie Grant Centre, London

THURSDAY 21st MAY 2009 The Drum Theatre, Birmingham

In May 2009, several of the families we have worked with following a death in custody will be taking part in question and answer sessions hosted by INQUEST in London and Birmingham following performances of As the Mother of a Brown Boy…, a production inspired by the life and tragic death of Mischa Niering who died following a police pursuit. It is a moving and powerful piece, using dance, physical theatre, live music and multimedia to present an extraordinary story of injustice, identity and love.  Mischa’s is a story which powerfully conveys the devastation wreaked by deaths in custody and INQUEST is honoured to be collaborating again with Chickenshed in bringing this important issue to the widest possible audience.

Members of the panel in London will include: Kim Williams, mother of Lexy Williams who died during a police pursuit in north London; Marcia Willis Stewart, solicitor at Birnberg Peirce and member of the INQUEST Lawyers Group; and Mischa’s aunt Christine Niering, director of dance at Chickenshed.

Members of the panel in Birmingham will include Caroline Bailey, mother of Michael Bailey who died in HMP Rye Hill, alongside other speakers from families of people who have died in custody.

Both panels will be chaired by Deborah Coles, co-director of INQUEST.

Last year, Chickenshed Theatre Company and INQUEST collaborated on a special benefit performance of As the Mother of a Brown Boy… at Toynbee Hall in London.

Reviews & Information

Chickenshed is an exceptional theatre company which has been providing pioneering opportunities for young people of all ages, backgrounds, race, ability and perceived disability to participate in inclusive theatre activities for 35 years.  It is a unique organisation that exists to open minds and empower individuals by encouraging them to see the creative potential and ability both in themselves and in each other, on and off the stage.

“Vivid and compelling” – Time Out, Critics’ Choice ****

“Dance at its best” – Three Weeks ****

“A cultural phenomenon” – The Stage

“Universally relevant” – The Observer

  • Tickets for the London event cost £10, £8 and £5 and are available from the Bernie Grant Centre online or by telephoning the box office on 020 8365 5450
  • Tickets for the Birmingham show cost £10 and £6 and can be booked online via The Drum website or by telephone on 0121 333 2444

Further information: INQUEST 020 7263 111  |  Chickenshed 020 8351 6161 (office)

  • See a video of As the Mother of a Brown Boy… in performance.
  • Watch another video of As the Mother of a Brown Boy… on stage.
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