Musical Flying Squad

Poster

On the right is the poster from our first production: "Jellicoe" The Musical at The Shaw Theatre, London, in October 2003

This production toured 25 Camden schools during Refugee Week and Black History Month, 2004, and was rated by teachers as 'an absolute success... Music and movement really captured pupils' imagination' (Refugee Education Team Survey).

The multi-cultural cast portrays students answering the question: "What does being British mean?"

  • They do a rap 'newscast' of migration into Britain since Roman times.
  • Olaudah Equiano sings of his experience in "Slave Trade"
  • Irish immigrant Thomas Murphy fights for democracy in 1850s St Pancras
  • A Lascar sailor describes Bengal's prosperity in agriculture and textiles before the coming of the East India Company
  • A Somali tells how straight lines drawn on a map by Europeans destroyed a way of life. A poem by young Somali Abdullahi Botan describes London today
  • French refugees from the Revolution came to Somers Town - which was a centre of revolutionary agitation with Mary Shelley, William Godwin, and the Correspondence Society. Spanish refugees in 1820 held meetings by an old oak in Euston Square which they called The Guernica Tree, and in Fitzrovia, 'South American heroes' including Simon Bolivar worked for the independence of their continent.

His surgery in West Euston was fire-bombed because he a leader of the anti-apartheid movement.

Community Involvement: We have a professional core of performer/tutors, and use our work to stimulate community involvement in writing and performing. And we are always grateful for help. If you would like to be involved, onstage or backstage, please contact Rob Inglis, Artistic Director, Jellicoe-Neville Performing Arts

Beryl Gilroy survived widespread racism in the 1950s to become Head of Beckford Primary, West Hampstead. A successful novelist, she wrote stories for her students based on their own lives, and believed in literature that could "heal".

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"White" pupils are intrigued by Beryl Gilroy, their first Black teacher: "Miss, can I touch your hair? Cor, ain't it soft!"

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