Discovering the ancient traditions of the travelling community

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09/06/2010 by mcmakarolyn

(L-R) Sarah-Jane Miller, Rachel Drazek and Candis Nergaard performing 'O Romani Tober'

Manchester Creative and Media Academy (MC&MA Girls) was immersed in the history and culture of international traveller communities when a theatre company performed and ran workshops with our year 7 students.

The Romany Theatre Company presented their current production ‘O Romani Tober’ to pupils using music and performance, and undertook  mini projects with them throughout the day.

The event was part of Gypsy, Roma and Traveller History Month which, alongside celebrating traveller culture, aims to tackle negative stereotyping and prejudices.

‘Continual struggle’

‘O Romani Tober’ actor Rachel Drazek said: “The play draws attention to Romany history and the continual struggle, and some of the obstacles and issues that we face as people.

“The characters include an old Romany lady who’s lived on her land for 40 years and doesn’t want to be relocated. The council want to redevelop the land so we’re looking at that struggle.”

She added the aim of the workshops were to encourage students to think about these issues: “Hopefully in the workshops the kids will get why is occurring and what’s been done to move the situation on.

“We really get to engage with the kids then.” 

Take a look at some of the pictures from the workshopshere:

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