Bee Arts CIC devised a number of free drama workshops to accompany the Dark Heritage installation experience which were to be booked by school and college groups, as well as community and youth groups.

We strongly recommended that groups familiarised themselves with the activities on offer before booking a workshop to ensure that the activity was suitable for their group. All workshops explore the Transatlantic Slave Trade using drama, and common cross-curricular links addressed in the workshops are to History, Citizenship, PSHCE, English and ICT.

The Central feature of Dark Heritage is The DARK Installation and every workshop included a show of The DARK

A Kingswood workshop in action - photograph by Alex Braun

Photograph Alex Braun, May 2007

Workshops are usually two hours in length but can be extended or shortened by request.

The Dark Heritage tour is the first time that The DARK will be offered to the public supported by specially produced creative educational workshops. The Dark Heritage workshops have been produced by Bee Arts Community Interest Company with Gail Molloy and Maria Oshodi in association with the children and staff of Kingswood Primary School in Lambeth, in London.

Drama Workshop 1 - Historical evidence

Drama Workshop 2 - Storymaking in the dark

Drama Workshop 3 - Soundscape theatre using ICT

Drama Workshop 4 - Constructing new narratives using music and mime

Drama Workshop 5 - Exploring identity

Drama Workshop 6 - Exploring moral issues

PRE-WORKSHOP PRIMER QUESTIONS, for primary schools (PDF download)

POST-WORKSHOP EXTENSION ACTIVITIES, for primary schools (PDF download)

You can book any of these workshops via the venues listed below:

15 May to 17 June: LONDON, The Old Royal Naval College

16 July to 10 August: IPSWICH, St. Nicholas Centre

17 August to 12 September: GLOUCESTER City Museum & Art Gallery

04 October to 29 October: University of Hertfordshire

05 November to 29 November: NORWICH Cathedral

21 January to 15 February 2008: MANCHESTER, Zion Arts Centre

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