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Matilda and Me – Thursday 25 June 7.30pm

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Matilda and Me Publicity PhotoPresented by Word of Warning, Divergency + Sustained Theatre Up North

Ria Hartley – Matilda and Me

“Matilda is my Grandma.She migrated from Jamaica to England in 1962.Now all of her memories have faded.I need to remember for her, for me, for us…”


Weaving together storytelling, spoken word, dubpoetry, live art, autobiography, and reggae music, this colourful and challenging performance offers a political viewpoint surrounding the lived experience of migration, colonialism, racism, and the current perception of British cultural identity. Performed solo, the piece is presented as a biographical mythology of Ria’s lived experiences, reflecting poetically on the story of her and her Grandma, and the 2 islands they are from.

Ria Hartley

An interdisciplinary performance artist, Ria works within the mediums of devised theatre, performance, live art, video installation, photography, spoken word, site-specific + durational performance; often autobiographical, her work is concerned with memory, identity, communication and human relationships. She has been an associate lecturer at Falmouth University since 2010.

Ria Hartley – Matilda and Me

Date: Thursday 25 June 2015, 7.30pm 

Venue: STUN Studio at Z-arts, 335 Stretford Road, Manchester, M15 5ZA 

Tickets: £5/3 | Please note there is a limited capacity. 

Box Office Tel: 0161 232 6089



Writer + performer: Ria Hartley | Training + methodology: d’bi young anitafrika | Additional dramaturgy: Misri Dey | Additional direction: Leo Kay

Initial creation and development supported by Arts Council England + National Lottery Heritage Fund; further developed with support of the SOLO Contemporary Performance Forum + Apples and Snakes.

www.riahartley.com | @RiaJadeHartley

Age advisory: 14+ With no interval, the show lasts approximately 1 hour. Spoken word, mainly English. For specific age and access information please email info@habarts.org or call 0161 232 6086.

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