Submitted by Dr Jumai Ewu
Such A Long Journey is an outcome of a collaboration between myself and two other colleagues, from the School of The Arts, University of Northampton, Dr Victor Ukaegbu and Richard Hollingum, with technical support from Carl Kirk. It comes on the back of an earlier collaboration between Victor and myself with local artists drawn from the Northamptonshire community in 2008 as part of a performing histories project titled Who Can Tell?…!, and which was supported by Northampton Black History Association.
Update: the rehearsed recording of Act I can now be listened to online.
On 19 June 2013, Dr Victor Ukaegbu, Dr Jumai Ewu and Richard Hollingum were joined by five performers (Original Who Can Tell?…! lead actress, Myrle Roach and four undergraduate drama students from the University of Northampton) to rehearse the first episode of Oladipo Agboluaje’s new radio play, Such A Long Journey.
On the evening of 5th June 2013, Dr Victor Ukaegbu and Dr Jumai Ewu hosted a very special re-union of the production team and cast members behind the 2008 JAWI Theatre collective production, Who Can Tell?…!.
This community based play was based on material from the oral history archives of the Northamptonshire Black History Association (NBHA) and gave theatrical voice to black people’s experiences of living and growing up in 1960s Northampton.