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Streets Paved with Gold by storyteller - Victor Richards
at NN Cafe Northampton, Time 7pm
“Streets Paved with Gold” is a story written by Victor Richards. The story is set in the present, but explores recent history from the 1950’s onwards. In his story, Victor Richards explores African-Caribbean migration, and themes of hope, identity and change. The story line of “Streets Paved with Gold” weaves together a thrilling and informative picture of the collective experiences of Black British Citizens resulting from their new surroundings.
Between 1948 and 1964 thousands of people left their homelands in the Caribbean to come to England, having been disillusioned and pushed out by the unfortunate economic circumstances, while at the same time being encouraged and swayed by advertisements for jobs in Britain placed by London Transport and NHS. These people left their homes and travelled to the unknown in search of opportunity and a brighter future for themselves and their children. This, then, is the subject matter of the thought-provoking story “Streets Paved with Gold”. The story is based on the reality of people bold enough to plunge themselves into the unknown, into another period of flux in a collective social history fluid with new beginnings and strange places full of threats and promises. Victor Richards introduce you to the character of Augustus Cleveland Johnson, who arrives in London at Tilbury docks in the 1948.
This story was originally written as theatre one man play, Victor has been touring across the U.K. as well as overseas with his trilogy of plays ‘Streets Paved with Gold’ ‘Return to the Caribbean’ and ‘Children of the First Generation’
Victor now has a new way of telling the story with his deep sweet voice in a cozy intimate space.