SWEET TOOTH – Reviews & Interviews
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)
SWEET TOOTH premiered on Thursday 23 November 2017 at Bluecoat Liverpool with further performances in London and Southampton.
This ambitious cross-disciplinary music theatre piece by Elaine Mitchener 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.
“SWEET TOOTH is a vital black British addition to those seminal creative statements of resistance and defiance from the African Diaspora.” Kevin Le Gendre, Jazzwise Magazine —> Read
A Q&A with Elaine Mitchener about her performance piece Sweet Tooth – a visceral, overwhelming indictment of the role sugar and the slave trade played in building the British Empire. Chris Bohn, The Wire —> Read
Elaine Mitchener spoke to Gilane Tawadros, the Vice-Chair of the Stuart Hall Foundation, about SWEET TOOTH and the process of research that led to this incredibly powerful, thought provoking and much acclaimed performance. —> Read
Click here to find out more about SWEET TOOTH and watch the trailer.
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.