Streets Paved with Gold
[The Reminiscences of a Black British Citizen]
Other Plays by Victor Richards
Richards, Victor (British playwright, 19__-____), “Streets Paved with Gold [The Reminiscences of a Black British Citizen],”
a 55-minute drama in English, set in the present but exploring recent history from the 1950s onwards, 2007,
© 2007 by Victor Richards;
• in Victor Richards’ Streets Paved with Gold (London: The Author, 2007);
• script/rights available from Victor Richards, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Narrator (m), adult, spokesperson for the African-Caribbean migration to the United Kingdom.
“‘Streets Paved with Gold’ is a short play written and performed by Victor Richards. The play is set in the present, but explores recent history from the 1950?s onwards. In his one man show, Victor Richards explores African-Caribbean migration, and themes of hope, identity and change. The story line of ‘Streets Paved with Gold’ weaves together a thrilling and informative picture of the collective experiences of Black British Citizens resulting from their new surroundings.
Produced by V Jay Theatre Productions, 6 Fairburn House, Aikman Avenue, New Parks, Leicester, LE3 9JT, England, telephone 0116 287 4878, cell 07786 853232, e-mail email@example.com, http://www.vjaytheatre.net; produced in conjunction with Red Gate Gallery, 209a Goldharbour Lane, London SW9 8RU, England, telephone 0207 326 0993, July 27, 2007.
• Windrush Achievement Award Finalist.
• “This show has been specially put together for schools, colleges and organisations throughout the world for conferences, group discussion and workshops. This play works well in intimate spaces.
• “Between 1948 and 1964 thousands of people left their homelands in the Caribbean to come to England, having been disillusioned and pushed out by the unfortunate economic circumstances, while at the same time being encouraged and swayed by advertisements for jobs in Britain placed by London Transport and NHS. These people left their homes and travelled to the unknown in search of opportunity and a brighter future for themselves and their children. This, then, is the subject matter of the thought-provoking play ?Streets Paved with Gold?. The play is based on the reality of people bold enough to plunge themselves into the unknown, into another period of flux in a collective social history fluid with new beginnings and strange places full of threats and promises. Victor Richards introduce you to the character of Augustus Cleveland Johnson, who arrives in London at Tilbury docks during the 1950s.”—Red Gate Gallery, http://www.redgategallery.co.uk/events.html, accessed July 25, 2007.
African-Caribbean migration to United Kingdom, black British citizenry, change, hope, identity, immigration.