Acclaimed playwright Roy Williams brought together 14 writers to respond artistically to George Floyd’s murder and the Black Lives Matter Movement. From this came 846 – a collection of short pieces. Each is a standalone exploration of racial inequality and oppression, but together they form a powerful tapestry of voices. 846 is directed by Ola Ince and features a soundscape by Donato Wharton.
The audio play will be released to listen to for free at www.stratfordeast.com/846 on Monday 20 July. 846 will be adapted and performed live as part of the Greenwich+Docklands International Festival on Saturday 12 September. Casting for 846 Live will be announced in due course and tickets will be available from www.festival.org/gdif-846 from Thursday 06 August.
Lead Playwright, Roy Williams, said:
“Like the rest of the world, I was of course sickened at the sight of that video. The blatant murder of a fellow black man. There is no other way to describe it. As shocking as it was, the little voice inside my head was saying ‘You know you are going to write about this, so what are you waiting for? Get going!’ I did, but I knew I couldn’t do this alone. I reached out to a group of Black and Asian writers that I belong to on Facebook. They were as shocked and as sickened as I was. I told them what my little voice was telling me, that we should respond!“
Stratford East Artistic Director, Nadia Fall, said:
“In normal times, we’d be front and centre with an artistic response to the George Floyd murder and the activism which has followed it. And though are doors are currently closed we were passionate about producing work that speaks to this moment and adds its voice to the vital push for change that is happening with the BlackLivesMatter movement.”