New African show on heritage stories comes to Stratford

PUBLISHED: 16:37 28 May 2015 | UPDATED: 16:37 28 May 2015

Green Stone Bead

Green Stone Bead


BBC, Royal Shakespeare Company and the British Museum theatre company star is coming to Stratford Library with his own theatre group and latest performance on Friday.

Alex Oma-Pius is hosting a performance at the Grove, Stratford library with his Iroko theatre company to tell the stories of some less well-known tricksters from Africa and other cultures through song and dance.

Alex Oma-Pius, 53, director, said: “The performance is from a research project and the all of the research and the whole process is now what we have used to create a performance and musical piece.”

The Green Stone Bead is the theatrical brainchild of an 18-month research project in collaboration with the British Museum and researchers from the University of East London, Goldsmiths and others, called Our Shared Heritage.

The project has been funded by a grant from the Heritage lottery fund and now seeks to show the understanding of connections with different cultures using stories of African tricksters and gods, along with their counterparts in Aztec, Islamic, European and Asian cultures.

Alex said: “We think we are far from one another but we are actually closer than you think through stories of our culture and that is what we feel this performance shows by seeing how the gods and tricksters get on with each other on there journey at sea.”

The long time theatre director from Newham started his own theatre group recently to send a message of how important culture is and sharing your stories.

Mr Oma-Pius added: “I started my own group to enable people to participate, share and understand the African culture because the more you understand someone’s culture the more you can have in common with that person.”

The Green Stone Bead will be performed at Stratford Library on May 29 from 3.30-4.15 with an accompanying exhibition starting at 3pm and admission is free.

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