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Monuments: A Donmar Local Project

As anti-racism movements sweep the globe, young people are pushing for political action, drawing our attention to the racialised power structures embedded within society. Change is on the horizon.

The Donmar is located on the edge of Westminster, streets away from the historic heart of the British Empire, where statues are, for many people, a reminder of slavery and colonialism. MONUMENTS is a Donmar Local Project led by Resident Assistant Director Sara Aniqah Malik which explores how the legacy of the Empire continues to impact our community.

Working with Sara, writer Nessah Muthy, director of photography Fẹ́mi Awójídé and movement director Kane Husbands, a company of twelve Black, Brown and multiracial young Londoners have produced a bold short film exploring their own experiences of everyday racism.

An audio described version of the film is available here:

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Eugene Adamah
Kezia Augustin
Daniel Brooks-Emem
Alexandra Elliott
Mojahed Mohammed Khair
Mia Lobban
Rhea Paul-Fry
Solyana Samuel
Jada Samuels
Emma Stromberg
Omar Williams

Conceived & Directed by Sara Aniqah Malik
Written by Nessah Muthy with the Company
Director of Photography Fẹ́mi Awójídé
Produced by Abiola Rufai-Awojide and Phil McCormack
Sound Designer & Composer Xana
Movement Director Kane Husbands
Dramaturg Elayce Ismail
Artist Mentor Nadia Latif

Post Production Trisenz
Sound Recordist Rufus Ambler
1st Assistant Camera Juan Minotta
Spark Nathan Gallimore
Sound Mix Xana
Make-up Designer Chloe Rose
Make-up Designer Assistant Alex Holmes
Stage Manager Lizzie Donaghy

With special thanks to
Reah Jeska Joygopaul, The Mayor of London: Sadiq Khan, Christopher McQuiggin, Stuart Frost, Femi Nylander, Bijan Sheibani, Sophie Wheelans, Joseph Hancock, Anthony Dow, Eddie Gower & S L Vision, the Donmar Warehouse staff

MONUMENTS was filmed in December 2020, with cast and crew adhering to Government guidelines throughout the shoot.

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The Donmar Warehouse is a 251-seat, not-for-profit theatre in Covent Garden, led by Artistic Director Michael Longhurst and Executive Director Henny Finch. We have won more than 100 awards in our 28-year history.

We bring together a wide variety of people at our intimate warehouse space and elsewhere to create, witness and participate in thrilling, world-class theatre.

Through our work on and offstage, we aim to create a more cohesive, functional and creative society by broadening horizons, inspiring empathy and offering outstanding entertainment.

We develop new artists and future audiences through our renowned training programmes and our Discover activity with schools and communities.

We believe that representation matters; diversity of identity, of perspective, of lived experience enriches our work and our lives.

Welcome to important stories, thrillingly told, widely shared.

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18 comments on “Monuments: A Donmar Local Project

  1. fabulous work – great juxtaposition of images and compelling narrative. Thank You for making and sharing this. Sun

  2. I love it 👏🏿👏🏿👏🏿 well done to all involved in this production👏🏿👏🏿👏🏿 I am so proud of the young people who created this. I can’t wait to see more from them. This is truly amazing and so powerful, thank you 🙏🏿💖

  3. Very powerful and a talented group of young people, great filming as well. Thank you Donmar

  4. Excellent film. Well done to all the young people involved. Great project Donwar.

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