No Blacks. No Irish. No Dogs. That’s what the signs said. And here we are, fifty years later. I’m Jamaican. You’re Irish. Both British. But ain’t got no home nowhere. Not anywhere.
Niamh’s Irish but you wouldn’t know it, apart from the name nobody can spell. Paul’s black, well, Jamaican, actually, but English people don’t know the difference. Could be St. Kitt’s, Barbados, for all they know. And that’s the way he likes it. ‘Cos at night, at the club, they’re just kids, dancing, free in this new Britain, where you can be anything you want to be. Can’t you?
No Dogs charts the shared history of journeying and identity between Irish and Afro-Caribbean immigrants to the UK, exploring evolving notions of Britishness down the generations. Currently in development, No Dogs was shared as a work-in-progress rehearsed reading as part of Black History Month in October 2018, at the London Irish Centre, Durning Library and the Bernie Grant Arts Centre.
Robin Colyer is baking. Combining flour, water and salt, with a little help from some friendly microbes, he’ll repeat a process used around the world for over 6,000 years to produce our daily bread. Until 1961, that is, when the Chorleywood Bread Process sped up baking, stripped bread of its natural nutrition and made mass-produced loaves the norm. With the obesity epidemic linked to poverty, and as nutritional fads abound, a natural loaf will take shape beneath Robin’s hands as he probes pseudoscience, tells tall tales and ultimately asks – what’s in your daily bread?
Join Flintlock Theatre in an unforgettable live theatrical event as they invite you to knead, prove, rise and shape live on stage, exploring our relationship with one of the oldest links in our common history and sharing extraordinary stories with a very human heart.