SWEET TOOTH by Elaine Mitchener
“They will remember that we were sold, but not that we were strong. They will remember that we were bought but not that we were brave.” William Prescott, 1937 (former slave)
Acclaimed vocalist and movement artist Elaine Mitchener gives the London premiere of SWEET TOOTH.
This ambitious cross-disciplinary music theatre piece uses text, improvisation and movement to stage a dramatic engagement with the brutal realities of slavery as revealed by the historical records of the sugar industry and to reveal its contemporary echoes.
The work was premiered in November 2017 at Bluecoat, Liverpool’s centre for the contemporary arts and later broadcast on BBC Radio 3’s Hear and Now programme on 30 December 2017.
Concept, Direction & Music: Elaine Mitchener
Movement Direction: Dam Van Huynh
Historical Consultant: Christer Petley
Lighting Design: Alex Johnston
Devised and performed by:
Elaine Mitchener, Sylvia Hallett, Mark Sanders, Jason Yarde
SWEET TOOTH has been supported with public funding from Arts Council England. Commissioned by Bluecoat in partnership with the Stuart Hall Foundation, London and The International Slavery Museum with further support from PRSF Open Fund, Edge Hill University, Centre 151 and St George’s Bloomsbury.