When Dundee Rep announced they were touring The Yellow on the Broom we welcomed the opportunity it presented to connect with the history of Traveller people in our region and with contemporary traveller life: a chance to give space to some of the rarely heard voices of the past and of the present.
Our exploration of these potential connections led us to MECOPP (Minority Ethnic Carers of People Project) who curated the Moving Minds Exhibition, which opens our Conversation on 23 August, sharing the experiences of today’s Gypsy/Traveller women. Alongside the literature, photography and discussion events – including the spectacular storytelling and live music of The Yellow on the Broom - this exhibition brings us together to share and celebrate our identities and memories, and the keepsakes that bring them close to mind.
There will also be a talk from author Eleanor Thom on Thu 30 Aug, exploring cultures in transition and the idea of post-memory - the impact that memories of 'those who came before' have on current and future generations. Interested in reading the sign up to our Book Group who are discussing Betsy Whyte's story at their first gathering or share a treasured photo or a photo of something special to you in our first Photo Competition.
We’d be delighted if you’d get involved and add your voice to this season’s Conversation.
Julie Ellen (Artistic Director)