About the show
Butetown Community Centre, Cardiff
Wild Scenes at Cardiff
National Theatre Wales and The Heritage & Cultural Exchange
12-13 June 2019, 7-9pm
Butetown Community Centre
Created and performed by Mike Pearson and Ali Goolyad
‘Wild Scenes at Cardiff’ declared the South Wales Echo.
‘Blacks Hunted By a Furious Mob’ proclaimed the South Wales News.
National Theatre Wales and The Heritage & Cultural Exchange present an evening to mark the centenary of the Cardiff Riots of June 1919.
In mid-June 1919, our city was plunged into four days and nights of violent mayhem that left three dead, many in hospital, and buildings wrecked and burnt.
Its causes were a complex knot of post-war frustrations following demobilization – lack of housing, lack of jobs, lack of opportunity. But most shocking was the racial aspect, as local troublemakers, ex-servicemen and Colonial soldiers clashed with Yemeni, Somali and Caribbean seamen, in front of vast crowds of on-lookers.
The ‘Cardiff race riots’: one of those moments in a city’s history that lingers – in family stories, in popular myths – but for which there is no complete official record.
More about the show
Wild Scenes at Cardiff takes up material from National Theatre Wales’ STORM.2: Things Come Apart, performed in the Tabernacle Church in Cardiff’s city centre in March 2018, and co-created by Mike Brookes and Mike Pearson.
The performance draws together local newspaper reports and period images to evoke what the Western Mail called ‘An amazing orgy of pistol firing, window smashing, and skirmishes’.
It will conjure up and remember people, places and incidents for which there are no monuments; and to imagine a landscape now completely changed, but that lies beneath the streets we tread every day.
An opportunity to hear other accounts of the riots from community sources and family stories and to see contemporary responses in the work of artist Kyle Legall.
Free Programme for Wild Scenes at Cardiff
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