Enfield’s best loved inclusive theatre Chickenshed is pulling out all the stops for its latest production, Blowin’ In The Wind.
With approximately 300 performers, the performing arts school in Southgate is unveiling a new songbook musical which will feature blues, gospel, folk and a narrative thread that links protest songs and civil disobedience from the 1960s to the present day.
The show is inspired by the historical resonances of two key events of 1963: the release of Bob Dylan’s Blowin’ in the Wind, and Martin Luther King’s I have a dream speech in Washington DC.
The production will take the form of an imagined voyage- almost like a magical mystery tour that follows a journey of hope and freedom.
Featuring video projection, stunning set design, poetry, dance and physical theatre, the piece is a musical celebration of those ordinary people who have fought for an extraordinary ideal: the right to question how things are, and to dream of things as they could be.
Jojo Morrall has performed in a number of Chickenshed’s productions, including In The Absence Of Silence, which explored the tender subject of domestic abuse, and their most recent Christmas musical, Adventures To Oz.
She also completed a foundation degree course in 2011 and since then has worked in the Education And Outreach department.
She will take the lead role of Rosa Parks in Blowin’ In The Wind. Rosa was an American civil rights activist who the US called “the mother of the freedom movement. In 1955, she refused to obey a bus driver’s order to give up her seat in the “coloured” section to a white passage, after all the white section was filled.
She resisted bus segregation and was arrested for civil disobedience in violating Alabama segregation laws. However, this act of defiance became known as the “Montgomery Bus Boycott” and it became an import part of the modern Civil Rights Movement.
Rosa became an international icon of resistance to racial segregation. She organised and collaborated with civil rights leaders including Martin Luther King. Although she was widely honoured for her part the civil rights movement, it also took its told. She was continually fired from jobs and received death threats for years afterwards.
Jojo is looking forward to tackling the role and represent the “voices of protest across the world”.
She says: "Playing Rosa Parks has been incredible experience, I am enjoying every second of this remarkable production.
“It's a privilege to represent the voices of protest across the world and across the years through the vision of this iconic individual who was both ordinary and extraordinary without particularly knowing it."
Blowin’ In The Wind, Chickenshed Theatre, Chase Side, Southgate, N14 4PE, until Sunday, April 2, 7pm, details: 020 8292 9222, chickenshed.org.uk