First Winter [Digital Event]
- 25 Mar 2021
- 25 Mar, 19:30pm
The Retired Caribbean Nurses’ Association (Bedford) has been awarded an Arts Council England grant to commission playwright Yasmin Joseph to write a play inspired by their stories of living and working in the UK. This is a rehearsed reading of the play, read by the nurses themselves.
The RCNA enables the history of Caribbean nurses to be recorded and told, through collaborations with community stakeholders, and retired and serving nurses in Bedford. Established in 2011, the group has gathered some oral histories of members deposited in Reminiscence Suitcases at the Higgins Museum, Bedford, the University of Bedfordshire, and Kempston Mobile Library Services. These artefacts contributed to an exhibition held at The Higgins for Black History Month 2018.
Yasmin Joseph is an up and coming playwright, born in London with family links to both Bedfordshire and nursing. She is one of Theatre503’s resident playwrights, and an alumna of the Soho Theatre Young Writers Lab. Recent credits include Sugar, as well as short plays, The Place of Shining Light, and Do You Pray? Yasmin’s much acclaimed debut full length play J’Ouvert opened in London in May 2019 to rave reviews. In 2020 she completed a residency with the Royal Court Theatre.