June 20 2018 - The Strangers' Case released!
Speeches by William Shakespeare, from the suppressed play Sir Thomas More, provide the word for a powerful short film directed by Peter Trifunovic, and featuring Ibrahim Knight as Sir Thomas More. It's co-produced with Tony Howard and presented by BBAShakespeare and the University of Warwick.
Filmed in Leeds, Peter Trifunovic's film places Shakespeare's scene of anti-immigrant rioting in a contemporary bar. It shows that xenophobia has not changed in four centuries, but also that the power of language and of empathy is undimished.
On September 19th the performance Against Prejudice was given a staged reading in the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse at Shakespeare's Globe. With Ray Fearon, Rakie Ayola and Justin Avoth, and with Una May and the Coventry Belgrade Black Youth Theatre. Jason Morell directed.
After the interval, in which the BYT choir took over the Globe foyer, Ira Aldridge's life and his continuing influence were celbrated in a discussion between: David Olusoga, Justine Themen, Martin Hoyles, Tony Howard, and the actors Joseph Marcell, Joseph Mydell - and the centenarian Earl Cameron CBE, who was trained by Aldridge's daughter Amanda,
In November Tony Howard and Joseph Mydell were invited to talk about Ira Aldridge's career and the 2017 UK events in Lodz, Poland, where ira Aldridge died in 1867.