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Change Makers

Barking Nuns & A Change is Gonna Come

illustration depicting young people taking photos and dancing in Barking

A two-day mashup of spoken word poetry, theatre, film and hip hop

Two days of high energy performance, poetry, dance, film and activities at the Broadway in Barking, brought to you by the Barbican in collaboration with Sydney Russell School, The White House, Company Drinks, Complicité, Boy Blue and local creatives.

Saturday afternoon will feature free workshops and activities from hip-hop dance, to spoken word that will fill up the foyers from 2pm. Drop in and share your poetry with Sofa Slam or try your hand at mocktail mixology with Company Drinks. Boy Blue are offering a dance workshop while you can get stuck into poetry workshops, film screenings and a photography exhibition from young photographers  before the show. 

More details announced soon. You can explore the evening programme below.

This project is generously support by the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund, Barking and Dagenham Council, Arts Council England and the City of London Corporation.

Friday evening

Barking Nuns + Futurist Women of Barking and Dagenham

7.30pm Friday 29 June, the Broadway

The students of Sydney Russell School work with theatre company Complicité to explore the role of women in religion throughout the history of Barking in a performance of theatricalised research.

The performance will be preceded by a short film, made by year 9 students at Sydney Russell with artist Eelyn Lee, inspired by local and family stories of female activists. 

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Saturday day

Saturday evening

A Change is Gonna Come

5pm Saturday 30 June, the Broadway

Come celebrate the spirit of experimentation at the Broadway Theatre as the Barbican Young Poets, past and present, come together with dancers from Boy Blue to share their personal experiences of the nation in which they find themselves living. 

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mikey and george on  a couch

In conversation: Michael 'Mikey J' Asante and George the Poet


Michael 'Mikey J' Asante (co-founder and co-artistic director of Boy Blue) and George the Poet share their thoughts on their creative process, the idea of community, and how art can transform lives.

The Broadway