A journey to the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean.
In February 2016, two artists got on a cargo ship, and retraced one of the routes of the Transatlantic Slave Triangle – from the UK to Ghana to Jamaica, and back.
Their memories, their questions and their grief took them along the bottom of the Atlantic and through the figurative realm of an imaginary past.
It was a long journey backwards, in order to go forwards.
This show is what they brought back.
“We imagine that we are on a journey, that life is a journey, but we are home from the beginning. This is not an easy thing to accept.“
Part of artist Selina Thompson’s wider body of work looking at Black British identity, the award-winning salt. focuses on grief, home, afropressism, the Black Atlantic, the forgetting of the UK’s colonial history and the impact that has on the daily life of Caribbean communities in the UK today.
Winner of The Stage Edinburgh Award
Winner of the Total Theatre Award for Experimentation, Innovation and Playing with Form
Winner of the Filipa Braganca Award for Best Female Solo Performance
Selina Thompson’s previous work at the Royal Court includes: Chewing the Fat (Beyond the Court). Director Dawn Walton returns to the Royal Court after bringing Black Men Walking here earlier this year.
The Big Idea: Post-Show Talk | Tue 21 May
Writer and performer Selina Thompson in conversation with Royal Court Young Agitators. This event is free with a ticket to that evening’s performance.