Young actors from Mandala, Oxford’s newest theatre company, respond to work by artist Lubaina Himid in her exhibition, Invisible Strategies at Modern Art Oxford.
Eleven young people from diverse backgrounds have been taking part in a seven-week workshop with Mandala, led by the company’s artistic director Yasmin Sidhwa. Creating their own monologues on the theme of identity, they created a promenade performance before an audience of more than 40 on Saturday 29 April at 7pm, walking visitors through the exhibition and using it as stimulus and backdrop.
The seven-week residency used devised theatre, role play, creative writing and other exercises to help the young actors create, write and perform their monologues. The artist, Lubaina Himid, is one of the pioneers of the British Black Arts Movement. Her work challenges the stereotypical depictions of black figures in art history, foregrounding the contribution of the African diaspora to Western culture.