Actor Richard Blackwood, reveals new role tackling racism in the police

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Alder Tribute – Hull graffiti artist Preston Fox

source: Metro News
published: 19 February 2021

Hollyoaks’ Richard Blackwood has revealed that he hopes people will be ‘more receptive’ to his upcoming project in the wake of the Black Lives Matter movement.

Typical, a play by Ryan Calais Cameron, tells the true story of former paratrooper Christopher Alder, 37, who choked to death while handcuffed and lying on the floor of a police station in Hull in 1998. The inquest jury in 2000 returned a verdict of unlawful killing, and in 2002, five police officers went on trial, but all the officers were acquitted on the orders of the judge. The play originally premiered at the Soho Theatre back in 2019.

Richard – who portrays Felix Westwood in Hollyoaks — recorded the show in the summer of 2020 as Black Lives Matter protests took place all around the world following the death of George Floyd.

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Scottish Theatre to stage play inspired by death of Sheku Bayoh in police custody

Sheku Bayoh & Family
Sheku Bayoh Family Campaign

source: The Scotsman
published: 1 October 2020

The National Theatre of Scotland is to revive its major productions with the launch of a new stage show inspired by the case of Sheku Bayoh, a father-of-two who died in police custody in Fife.

Hannah Lavery’s play, which will be filmed on the stage of the Royal Lyceum Theatre in Edinburgh, which will explore the issues surrounding the case of the father-of-two using real-life testimonies.

However Lament for Sheku Bayoh is also billed as a “non-apologetic reflection on identity and racism in Scotland today.”

The three actors in the show will be filmed in front of an empty auditorium and the full play made available to theatregoers to watch online around the world in November.

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Stage play inspired by Sheku Bayoh to examine Scotland’s racist underbelly

Sheku Bayoh & Family
Sheku Bayoh & Family

source: The Scotsman
published: 7 August 2019

A powerful new play inspired by the case of a father-of-two who died in police custody in Scotland and intended to explore how racist the country really is, is being developed by one of its leading theatres.

The Royal Lyceum in Edinburgh is working with an acclaimed poet and writer on Lament for Sheku, which will examine how much prejudice exists in Scotland’s institu­tions and in our wider society.

Hannah Lavery, who has already created a spoken word show recalling her experiences of growing up in a mixed-race family in Edinburgh, said the play was aimed at revealing the human tragedy behind the Sheku Bayoh case, which triggered accusations of racism within Police Scotland.

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