Obama and Me

May 21, 2018 | News

The EU enshrines four basic freedoms – the free movement of goods, capital, services and people.

“It’s telling, that only one of those is controversial …”

Obama & Me is a play by  Sylvia Arthur. Sylvia is a British woman of Ghanaian descent. Having completed three degrees and a career in journalism, Sylvia went to Brussels, to the heart of the European Union, as a communications consultant working on Freedom of Movement.

“I am a cog in the wheel of Free Movement. I am my ancestors’, my contemporaries’, and my descendants’ wildest dreams.”

Obama & Me is funded by Arts Council England. This sharing is presented in association with Telegraph Hill Centre.

WHAT: The short play Obama & Me followed by a facilitated discussion to explore the issues it raises for the audience.

WHEN: Friday 25th May 2018, 7pm (to 8.45pm)

WHERE: Telegraph Hill Centre

BOOK (Tickets are £5): https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/thc 

Suitable for audiences aged 16+

a tour-de-force ★★★★ (Reviews Hub)

Read the full review here: http://www.thereviewshub.com/obama-and-me-old-joint-stock-birmingham/ 


About Obama & Me

While Barack Obama is fulfilling his American Dream as the first Black president of the United States, Sylvia Arthur, a Black Brit, is in Brussels in pursuit of the European version.

Working at the political heart of Europe, tasked with promoting Freedom of Movement, she zigzags the continent proselytising the benefits of a borderless Union.

But as the President faces resistance to his agenda, so does she as nativism, authoritarianism, misogyny, and racism sweep through Europe, and the world, and dreams begin to crumble.

Interweaving music, video, and images with spoken word, Obama & Me takes on the big issues of Brexit, Trump, US and EU race relations, and the global refugee crisis in a powerful, compelling narrative that explores the meaning of identity, politics, power, and belonging in the post-post-racial 21st century.

Find out more in this Q&A with writer and performer of Obama & Me, Sylvia Arthur

About Sylvia Arthur

Sylvia Arthur is a playwright and narrative nonfiction writer whose work explores themes of identity, diaspora, politics, and place.

In 2017, her short play, Haze, had a six-night run at The Vaults theatre in London as part of the Significant Other Festival.

Later in 2017, Sylvia’s one-woman show, Obama & Me, was performed at Brighton Fringe, showcased at Talawa Theatre Company’s Talawa Firsts Festival in London, before performing in San Francisco to a sold-out audience in October 2017. Having completed a European tour, Obama & Me is now tour in the UK.

“The past is lost to us, but there’s still time to reverse the future. That’s what the present is for”