American tales untold  II

(14 -18 yrs)

BY JEREMIAH FLEMING AT YOUR SCHOOL
TO BOOK ALL YEAR ROUND

Until we are all free, we are none of us free” – Emma Lazarus.

American Tales Untold II is a show of two gripping stories about discrimination and mistrust in the troubled black history of America. However, more than just two stories, American Tales Untold II is as relevant today as ever! There is a lot of anger and intolerance towards immigrants, migrants and refugees these days. What does it mean to be different in today’s society and why are countries so hostile to people fleeing economic crises and political persecution? By looking through the lens of a different time and place, students of today have the chance to see that racism and intolerance are twin evils that can rise up around them at any time.

 

American Tales Untold II strives to be much more than just an interesting show about America’s Jim Crow past. It wants to open up awareness within the young pupils of how they think (or perhaps don’t think!) about the minorities and underprivileged groups in their society.

Information

COST €795/Performance (or €1000 perfromance + workshop)
BOOKING TIME All school year
DURATION 60min
VENUE your school or another location that you provide
AGE RANGE 14 – 18 years old
LANGUAGE English (intermidiate)
ADVISED PREPARATIONS A small document with historical background about the stories of the performance is being provided prior the performance.
WORKSHOP Jeremiah offers the possibility to lead a workshop with the students either before or after the performance (also possible  in two different days). A storytelling workshop that explores the themes of the show. The students are given assignments related to the topic and they work on the creation of a story.
Workshop €250 (only up to 15 students)

Dare to ask questions! What do you think about rasism?

American Tales Untold  is a combination of two chapters from the American past both in the literal sense, literary sense and figurative sense. Jeremiah narrates a chapter from Richard Wright’s autobiography Black Boy and a chapter from Walter White’s autobiography A Man Called White; both of whom were African-American. These two autobiographies expose the racism & oppression that both men had to deal with growing up and living in the Deep South of America at the beginning of the 20th century.
Although both of the real life incidents that the authors talk about took place 100 years ago, they are as relevant today as they were last century.  In his lesson material and post-performance talk Jeremiah strives to show the correlation between what was taking place back then in America and the discrimination that refugees and immigrants are facing today in present day Europe, and wants the students to ask themselves some  important questions that perhaps they haven’t thought about:
Who is the other?
Why is he/she the other?
Who gets to define who the other is?
How do we treat the other?
American Tales Untold strives to be much more than just an interesting show about America’s Jim Crow past.  It wants to open up awareness within the young pupils of how they think (or perhaps don’t think) about the minorities and underprivileged groups in their society.

More about Jeremiah Fleming

Jeremiah Fleming, originally from the United States, is the actor of American Tales Untold II. He made the Netherlands his home for the last 8 years. Before he has trained and performed in America, Israel, London and the Netherlands. He has performed for young audiences before as well. In 1992 he starts producing his own shows with special interest in performing theatre which not only reflects America’s political and social heritage, but also create theatre that is enlightening, stimulating and touches the audience personally.

Booking and information

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