Sankofa Storytelling Arts is a drama business that is centred in using conversation and performance to imagine alternative outcomes to perceived obstacles. Our remit is solution-based, applied drama. This involves creating a safe space to try out ideas through role-playing and social drama. I also look at paradigm-shifting storytelling, which explores what makes you think and why you think it. An example of this practice is in dealing with difficult or important issues – we present a story, and then I add obstacles in that story and give people the opportunity to create a new ending. For instance,with Hansel and Gretel, I turn the crumbs into balls of paper that represent fears such as feeling anxious about making a decision. With 20 years in community arts and education, I have identified the systems that unintentionally lead to barriers, as well as recognising issues of access and socio-economic inequality.
Camden really is a kaleidoscope of enriched communities and organisations. We have a great opportunity to work together to tackle social injustices, seek participatory equity, and find new collaborative adventures, building on a multiplicity of fantastic ideas in our borough. Reach out to #WeMakeCamden for more details.