Youth Group’s “H.I.S.T.O.R.Y.” Explores the Journey from Slavery to Freedom

Terri Mello (Bermuda Sun) writes about Troika’s new production: H.I.S.T.O.R.Y. (“Having ­Insight Surpassing Thoughts of Remembering Yore”), focuses on celebrating the historical journey of slavery from Africa to freedom. The show will run from August 26-28, 2010, at 8:00pm nightly at City Hall Theatre, located at 17 Church Street in Hamilton, Bermuda.

TROIKA is a group dedicated to providing opportunities of theatrical training and ­exposure to Bermuda’s young aspiring artists, while educating and giving them an outlet for self­ ­expression through the arts by creating innovative works. Nishanthi Bailey, the youth theater group’s creative director explains: “That’s the goal of TROIKA. Everything we produce and create are original works that aim to enlighten entertain and educate audiences. It gives young people a voice on issues through the arts… It’s an original work where young people are presented with several concepts and they actually write and create the piece as we go along. [. . .] It’s a cultural celebration.” A group of 23 teenagers between the ages of 13 and 19 created the production themselves, under the guidance of Ms. Bailey, choreographer Seldon Woolridge, and technician Shoa Bean.

TROIKA aims to bring hope to the community by way of educating, entertaining and enlightening audiences of all ages, from all walks of life, through their original works. It’s also recently been the recipient of the Ministry of Culture and Social Rehabilitation’s Cultural Legacy Fund.

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