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50 Voices for Malcolm X @ The Old Vic 11-13 June

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50 Voices for Malcolm X
Presented by Ujima Radio in association with Bristol Old Vic, with support from Voluntary Arts

Marking a new and unique relationship between Bristol Old Vic and Ujima Radio, tickets are released  for a three night event, 50 Voices for Malcolm X.

Joining forces to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the assassination of civil rights leader Malcolm X in 1965 – and to celebrate 50 years of civil rights – 50 Voices for Malcolm X will explore how social change affects us all.

Featuring 50 voices from local artistic and community groups, each voice will make a 5 minute creative piece, responding to the quest for change. Coming together over the course of three evenings, the voices come from varied Bristol communities such as the Misfits, Unity & Full Circle: St. Pauls’ Youth and Family Project, and the Somali Media Group, along with contributions from six commissioned artists including a filmmaker, a musician, a dancer, a visual artist and two spoken word artists.

Respected community figures such as Roy Hackett, and political figures such as Marvin Rees, will also make an appearance, alongside professional artists from Breathing Fire Theatre Company and Knowle West Media Centre.

This kaleidoscope of personal responses, recollections and brand new pieces of work marks the beginning of a unique relationship between Bristol Old Vic and Ujima Radio, supported by Voluntary Arts. The performances will see Bristol Old Vic Studio transformed into a cabaret space, inviting the audience to engage with the performers in an informal atmosphere. Ujima Radio will also broadcast features and interviews from this unique event. Organised quickly in response to the election season, 50 Voices… responds creatively, and from the community, to capture a historic moment.

With local artists and communities given this platform for their voice, they will explore how social change can be effective, stand witness to what Malcolm achieved, and how the monumental change made by the civil rights movements of the 1960s still resonates today – around the world and in our own city.

The event will culminate on Saturday 13 June with a reading by Roger Griffith, Director of Ujima Radio, of Malcolm’s most iconic speeches.

James Peries, Literary Associate, Bristol Old Vic said: “50 Voices for Malcolm X is about standing up and being heard, with local voices rising from amongst the audience to tell, sing, report, express or testify. It’s a creative coming together of individual artists and community groups sharing the quest for social change, and finding new connections in the process – like this first ever partnership between Bristol Old Vic and Ujima Radio. It’s a perfect example of theatre responding to events in such an immediate way – something that only this art form can achieve. It’s especially poignant given Bristol’s historical relationship to social change and protest.”

Director of Ujima Radio, Roger Griffith said: “The performances and project will welcome some of the excellent and diverse talents from different parts of Bristol to the esteemed Bristol Old Vic stage for the first time. By using the theme of Malcolm X’s life 50 years after his death through his reinvention and social activism, we also aim to educate audiences of the impact of using the arts as a way of building and strengthening communities in partnership.”


50 Voices for Malcolm X
Bristol Old Vic Studio
11-13 June
£6 (plus booking fee)
Box Office: 0117 987 7877 |



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