Saturday 7 June 2014


To mark the 2014 Commonwealth Games, we are inviting you to take part in creative workshops based on themes around slavery and emancipation. You will gain skills in your chosen art form, meet people from different cultural backgrounds and learn about Glasgow’s links to the slave trade and its abolition.

You can choose from dance, drama, photography, carnival costume making, singing and percussion all with an African or Caribbean theme. Your workshops will be lead by experienced, professional artists.

All workshop participants will be invited, if they wish, to participate alongside our professional cast in Emancipation Acts. If they simply wish to be part of the workshops, they are welcome to do that.

Emancipation Acts is a series of site specific performances in Glasgow’s Merchant City bringing to life the story of the city’s role in Caribbean slavery using drama, dance and music.

We are particularly looking for people from an African or Caribbean background. However, ALL nationalities are welcome and our aim is to bring people together so non African & Caribbean participants are also essential.

Time Commitment

If you are a workshop participant your time commitment is 12 hours between mid June and the end of July. That equates to 6 workshops of 2 hours on average.

If you are participating in the professional performances you must be available for rehearsals at various times from 19 July until the dress rehearsal on 29th July and performances on 30th, 31st July and 1st August. You will be told what that rehearsal schedule is in week 2 of your workshop and YOU decide if you want to join the performance. If you don't, you will simply continue with your weekly workshops.

How we can help?

If you are on a low income we can help with the cost of public transport to get to and from workshops and rehearsals. Childcare will also be provided at each workshop for those who need it. You need to let us know in advance that you require childcare.


Get in touch if you are interested in taking part in this exciting set of workshops. For more information, please contact Anne McLaughlin on or call 07729 858 157.

Emancipation Acts will be written and directed by Alan McKendrick.

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