London institutions are marking Remembrance Day with lockdown-proof online talks, workshops and performances to honour those who have given their lives in the defence of the nation
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1 One Voice: Remembrance at The Old Vic
The Old Vic in Waterloo is marking Remembrance Day by reviving five solo performances curated by Arinzé Kene in 2018 to mark 100 years since the Armistice. The One Voice: Remembrance series brings together these solo performances to shine a light on the powerful, poignant and surprising stories often hidden in the shadow of conflict. Remembrance will be streamed for free over five days at 8pm from Monday 9 November on The Old Vic’s YouTube channel. The performances run as follows: The Lily Parr Fan Club written by Monica Dolan and performed by Melanie Kilburn on 9 Nov; The Hulk written and performed by David Ireland on 10 Nov; An Elephant Alone written by Rachel De-Lahay and performed by Inès De Clercq on 11 Nov; Blue Buttons written by Arinzé Kene and performed by Jade Anouka on 12 Nov; Come on Home written and performed by Ben Bailey Smith on 13 Nov.
2 Royal Museums Greenwich x Black Poppy Rose
Royal Museums Greenwich (RMG) is hosting various online events to mark Remembrance Day 2020 on Sunday 8 November. In light of the Black Lives Matter Movement and RMG’s extended Black History Month programme, the cultural collective has partnered with Black Poppy Rose, which highlights the contributions of African, Black, West Indian and Pacific Island communities to the both the First and Second World War. Events taking place on 8 November include a family art workshop, a spoken word performance and a panel discussion on why the impact of the wars on Black and African communities has yet to be studied. all are free to join via Zoom – just register in advance here. The online Remembrance Day events start with an introduction by keynote speaker Selena Carty of Black Poppy Rose at 12.55pm, followed by a family workshop exploring the history and service of Black and African people in the armed forces at 1pm (you’ll need pens, paper and a glue stick). From 2.45pm-2.55pm you can watch a spoken word performance titled Second-hand War Stories by Douggie John, which was commissioned especially for Remembrance Day, and from 3pm-4.30pm you can join a panel discussion, chaired by Patrick Vernon OBE, co-author of 100 Great Black Britons, on why the contribution of Black and African communities is under-represented in WW1 and WW2 history.
3 The Royal British Legion
Based on Borough High Street, with its iconic poppies made in Richmond, the Royal British Legion is a national institution with its roots firmly in London. The Poppy Appeal has been hit hard by Covid-19. restrictions, with millions of people unable to leave their homes to find a poppy and collectors unable to carry out face-to-face collections. In response, the Royal British Legion has unveiled a range of new ways for people to show their support remotely, from donating for poppies through the post for your local community to undertaking a virtual Poppy run, or simply donating online or displaying a poppy in your window. There’s also a template for kids to colour in their own poppy here. People are also being encouraged to mark Remembrance Sunday by observing a two-minute silence on their doorstep, much like the popular Clap for Carers social movement that swept the nation this summer.
Find out more at britishlegion.org.uk
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