Story Circle was our free storytelling programme, which took place in October 2022.
The next term of Story Circle is inspired by DRUM, a new play by Jacob Roberts-Mensah premiered at Omnibus Theatre in Autumn 2022. DRUM tells the story of two Ghanaian icons who found success in London, photographer James Barnor and broadcaster Mike Eghan. In this joyful and poignant play the two meet for the first time at a DRUM magazine photoshoot in BBC Broadcasting House. Storytelling, music and dance is fused with archive material to capture a unique snapshot of London in the swinging sixties.
Inspired by the play, the Story Circle sessions explored our own perceptions of home, belonging and migrations. Our story tellers were encouraged to explore their lived experiences and limitless imagination through games and exercises led by writer, director and actor Nicole Acquah.
Every group member was also given access to a digitally streamed recording of DRUM to watch at home before joining us each Monday in the Omnibus Theatre Café Bar to enjoy some delicious food from across Africa whilst taking part in fun and social sessions.
The project created a social, creative and safe space for group members to tap into their boundless potential as storytellers.
Story Circle: DRUM was made possible with The National Lottery Heritage Fund.