Edinburgh Centre for Global History

Freedom to Believe: A theatre in education project exploring Caribbean social and religious history

Professor Diana Paton is working with Talawa Theatre Company, the National Archives, and other partners to make her research on African-Caribbean diasporic religion and its suppression accessible to secondary school children.

Children in a Theatre in Education workshop
Children at Addey and Stanhope school in London explore 'freedom' in a Theatre in Education workshop as part of the Freedom to Believe project.

Background

In this project Professor Diana Paton is working with Talawa Theatre Company, the National Archives, and other partners to make her research on African-Caribbean diasporic religion and its suppression accessible to secondary school children. Talawa Theatre Company have used her research to develop Theatre in Education workshops about slavery, the aftermath of slavery, and religion, and are piloting these workshops in four secondary schools in 2017. The project will also lead to the production of an education pack and other online educational material, and to a public database documenting trials for religious crimes in the Caribbean from the late eighteenth to the twentieth century.  The project is funded by the AHRC through its Follow on Fund for Impact and Engagement.

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