Network supported four QMUL second year drama students, with Dr Maggie Inchley and mentored by Professor Ali Campbell, to make a documentary film of The Mending Room in collaboration with Tony Cealy, theatre practitioner. The undergraduates are: Folasade Shonibare; Regina Agard-Brathwaite; Morayo Okungbowa; Jasmine D’Arcy Johnson-Cole.
The Mending Room is a cornerstone project of 81 Acts of Exuberant Defiance – a ground-up cultural programme to mark the fortieth anniversary of the 1981 riots in Brixton. It provides a safe space to bring Brixton residents who have experienced racism together across generations where peer-led strategies of resilience and resistance can be creatively explored.
Devised and facilitated by Tony Cealy, the project uses design fiction to create speculative and often provocative scenarios narrated through designed artifacts. Proposed ‘mends’ arise from this. Tony Cealy is a leading drama facilitator, theatre practitioner, arts activist, and creative producer who makes projects and programmes designed to engage the public in issues that are important for social and behavioral change.