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Blood Lines

Visual Arts

This enlightening theatre project sees two sisters recount power struggles across family, slavery, sex and race in the Scottish-owned slave plantations of Jamaica. The stories are told with the help of live ska music for a moving and immersive experience.

The project is written, directed and performed by Lou Prendergast; joined on stage by her sister, Sophie. Their uncle Neil Stewart drums, Michael Abubakar on keys, and Graham Campbell on bass and storytelling.

Lou draws upon Scots-Caribbean experience to raise questions about Scotland’s involvement in the slave trade and how the Commonwealth’s themes of humanity, equality and destiny come together when combating racism, capitalism, feminism and homophobia.

This is a play about power and power struggles. It uses the themes of bloodlines, paternal love, enslavement and the history of the British Empire to impart is message to the audience.

Designed by Colin O’Hara, the production’s visual aesthetic creates a web of intrigue as the sisters reflect upon their Glasgow childhood in the 1960s/early 70s with their late father, ‘Flash’ Harry Prendergast, and his dealings in the criminal underworld.

Blood Lines blends elements of the trilogy of works Waiting for My Daddy (Citizens Theatre, 2012); Whatever Happened to Harry? (The Arches, 2012); Fifty Shades of Black (Citizens Theatre, 2013) and Fifty Shades of Black (Dub Version) (CCA, 2013) to create a full-length theatre production, funded by Creative Scotland’s 20 for 14 investment programme. 

Blood Lines – the Arches from Wednesday 2–Saturday 5 July 2014 at 18.00. Tickets £12/10

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