Battersea Arts Centre presents salt: dispersed, Online


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Selina Thompson, a Black British artist with African and Caribbean heritage stands in a large white dress on rocks by the ocean. She holds a large sledgehammer in one hand and three large blocks of pink salt in the other.

A journey to the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean.

In February 2016, two artists got on a cargo ship, and retraced one of the routes of the Transatlantic Slave Triangle – from the UK to Ghana to Jamaica, and back.

Their memories, their questions and their grief took them along the bottom of the Atlantic and through the figurative realm of an imaginary past.

It was a long journey backwards, in order to go forwards. This show is what they brought back.

With the original stage show salt. performed as part of the British Council Showcase 2017, salt: dispersed is artist Selina Thompson’s film adaptation of her award winning show about grief, Black British identity and colonialism in a powerful and intimate screen experience. Premiered as part of Battersea Arts Centre’s spring 2021 season, Wild Times

Winner of The Stage Edinburgh Award
Winner of the Total Theatre Award for Experimentation, Innovation and Playing with Form
‘A piece that offers the gift of seeing the world through different eyes’
★★★★ The Guardian

‘This is in every sense a work of art’
★ ★ ★ ★ ★ The Times

‘A spiritual diasporic journey’
★ ★ ★ ★ ★ WhatsOnStage

‘It is a phenomenal piece of writing’
★ ★ ★ ★ ★ The Upcoming

Original stage performance directed by Dawn Wilson, commissioned by Yorkshire Festival, Theatre Bristol and MAYK. Supported by the National Theatre Studio. Part of the British Council Showcase 2017. Funded by Arts Council England and 200 kind and generous supporters who donated towards their voyage across the Atlantic.

The film presentation is funded by Arts Council England, supported by Battersea Arts Centre.

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