This year’s production was set in a retirement home in Toronto. The premise of the play is that all these senior citizens from various cultures and walks of life reflect among fellow residents about their history, culture, and experience once arriving in Canada. They also reflect on when immigration reform started in Canada and the interesting history of Caribana – Canada”s biggest Annual Caribbean festival. This play took the audience on a journey through time and space, visiting various places including Sri Lanka, Trinidad, Africa, Jamaica, and of course Canada. The night concluded with a talent showcase highlighting the history of various genres of music as well as poems and dances about self-love, inclusion, and equity.
The team performed for two TDSB elementary schools in the Scarborough area and held 2 public performances open to the public.
The beauty of these plays is that in practicing and rehearsing these productions the youth not only teach their community valuable information about Black History, but they’re also learning and retaining a great deal of knowledge about black history through drama, dance, song, and spoken word.