The newly digitised ‘Sweet Sugar Rage’ (1985) by Sistren Theatre Collective will be screening at Grand Union between 1-9 July 2022, with a response by researcher, writer and curator Natasha Bonnelame.
Premieres: 1 July 6–8.30pm (there will be two screenings: 6-7pm and 7.30-8.30pm)
Continues: 2 July, 8 July, 9 July, 12–5pm
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Sweet Sugar Rage shows the work of, and explores the methods used by the theatre collective Sistren to highlight the harsh conditions facing female workers on a Jamaican sugar estate.
Sistren Theatre Collective, which means ‘sisterhood,’ was founded in 1977 in Kingston, Jamaica by working class women in the social, cultural and political context of Jamaica’s socialist experiment of the 1970s following the first decade of independence. Since 1977, Sistren has used art as a tool for social change for the discussion and analysis of gender-based violence and to provide solutions through organisational networks. The founding members included Vivette Lewis, Cerene Stephenson, Lana Finikin, Afolashade (then Pauline Crawford), Beverley Hanson, Jasmine Smith, Lorna Burrell Haslam, Beverley Elliot, Jerline Todd, Lillian Foster, May Thompson, Rebecca Knowles and Barbara Gayle.
Natasha Bonnelame is a London based researcher, writer and curator with a specialism in archives and digital media.