THE GREAT EXPERIMENT
Border Crossings' next major production will be a new devised play about THE GREAT EXPERIMENT: the system of indentured labour that formed the economic basis of the British Empire after the abolition of slavery, and led to vast migrations of South Asian people.
In the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, more than a million Indians signed indenture contracts for work in the sugar plantations, mines, and other industries in South and East Africa, Mauritius, Reunion, Malaysia, Singapore, Fiji, and the Caribbean.
Working with researchers from the Universities of Edinburgh and Leeds, and partnering with Tara Arts and Exchange Theatre, Border Crossings will devise a new play that explores the history that shaped the globalised world, and our relationship with it today.
The project will be developed during September 2017, in a workshop directed by Michael Walling and including actors from Mauritius and the UK, plus Mauritian viusal artist Shiraz Bayjoo.