Early in 2004, the Gazebo Theatre-in-Education
Company presented “Home” in primary schools
across Wolverhampton and Walsall.
“Home” is a compelling story relating the
experiences of minority ethnic peoples settling in Britain
from the 1940s to the present day.
“Home” was inspired by the Black and Ethnic
Minority Experience (BE-ME) project. BE-ME was established
in 1998 to record and preserve the experiences and contributions
of African-Caribbean and South Asian men and women who
came to Wolverhampton in the 1950s and 1960s. To date,
BE-ME has recorded over 100 audio and video interviews,
a selection of which is available on-line at www.be-me.org. “Gazebo
Theatre Presents ‘Home’” is one of
eleven learning resources developed by BE-ME in its work
to promote models of good practice in education. BE-ME’s
emphasis on incorporating the experiences of Wolverhampton’s
black and Asian communities into the curriculum set the
task for Gazebo in developing ‘Home,’ and
many of the stories preserved in the BE-ME archive were
incorporated into the script.
Enter the story of “Home.” Explore its development
as a script, its production in schools across the region
and reception in the classroom. Uncover the value of
theatre in education and discover new ways to teach key
areas of the national curriculum through local archive
projects such as BE-ME.