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Waiting for Myself to Appear - Michael McMillan at the Geoffrey Museum, London

Updated: Sep 22, 2019

Performances between 3 and 27 October 2019

Thursdays and Fridays at 7pm and 8.30pmSaturdays and Sundays at 3pm and 4.30pm

Suitable for ages 14+

About the performance

Writer Michael McMillan creates an immersive performance for the historical Geffrye almshouse accompanied by music and visuals from Dubmorphology. Costume and choreography by Christine Checinska.

Actor Esther Niles weaves together contemporary and historic stories on black female identity, independence, migration and gentrification.

Waiting for myself to appear is set in and inspired by the restored 18th century almshouse at the museum.

We meet Alisha, a young British Caribbean woman, growing up in a gentrified Hackney.

Alisha works at the museum and spends time looking through the archives. She reads of a black woman from Jamaica who worked as a wet nurse for Grace Belmore Sweeney. Grace grew up and married the Geffrye almshouse chaplain, but nothing more is documented of the nurse. In her curiosity, Alisha reimagines and embodies the nurse as Mary Anne.

Both Alisha and Mary Anne live in times of dramatic change for Hackney and the wider world. Through their histories we see parallels emerging across generations.

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