| THE GREEN STONE BEAD
IROKO Theatre Arts Project has been working alongside the British Museum since 2010 and
has been conducting workshops right upto 2015. IROKO has been busy exploring the An
cient collections of the 'Old World',
highlighting the time-travel through Art, Time, Space and naturally, 'Culture'.
IROKO has taken Department specialists, Teachers and Tutors through the collections of Ancient Egypt,
Greece, Rome, Aztec, Asia and Oceania.
It is not totally unpredictable that the latest project 'The Green Stone Bead' is a woven 'fabric of 10,000 years worth of Heritage and Legacy. The projet even had a 'Research department that worked with young people,
local people, Newham Residents (from Newham, along the Thames and Tate & Lyle) to
help identify the links across such Cultural integreations.
. . . "Yes, the living wants
We need to hand it over to them for
peace and harmony".
The Show has now toured over 4 venues including Ilford Library, Barking Library, Stratford Library
and now the prestigious British Museum The Director, Alex Oma-Pius, has been busy searching out
the 'Narratives that are all part of 'Our Shared Heritage'.
The shared heritage project goes through 'Tricksters', River Deities,
Thunder Gods, Animals, Cockrels, Hats,
ceremonial swords, cloths, Trees, Ananse, Monkey and the Artagitis.
One of the interesting messages that comes out of the Play is the responsibility to
'Look after' the precious things in life that seem to come naturally, but are however ignored?
Artagitis represents that notion, as the characters say she is
'Not the Green Stone bead', but 'The Green Stone Bead is Artagitis'.
. . . "It is now 1014 years and Olokun
is still holding on to the bead. Why?
"Like Water, river deities are essential to life but also very dangerous",
the booklet that accompanies the play says.
" As liminal beings they control boundaries of land but also grant safe passage
neccessary for trade and travel.
Water can be seen as purifying and healing, both physically and spiritually.
It is also unpredictable and can
house monsters and the unknown. River Goddesses are nourishing,
mysterious and untameable.
Their influence is widespread due to the constant movement of water.
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