ART MATTERS: Democracy Art and Freedom ‘In Conversation’
Cultural eXchanges is thrilled to be hosting actor David Harewood MBE and the film and theatre director Jeremy Weller.
David Harewood MBE is an actor, director, author, and activist. With a career spanning almost 35 years, David has performed on stage with some of the most prestigious theatres and across TV and Film on some of the biggest networks in the world. Credits include Homeland, Blood Diamond, The Night Manager amongst many others. During his work with DC Comics and Warner Bros show Supergirl, David made his directorial debut, adding yet another string to his bow of creativity and talent. He is set to direct his first feature film later this year. David has become a driving force for systematic and cultural change. From his documentary ‘David Harewood: Psychosis and Me’ highlighting his battle with mental health in his twenties, to the influences and injustices that come from simply being born as a person of colour in documentaries such as Black is the New Black, Could Britain Ever Have a Black Prime Minister and Why Is Covid Killing People of Colour? In September 2021, his first book ‘Maybe I Don’t Belong Here: A Memoir of Race, Identity, Breakdown and Recovery’ was published to critical acclaim along side his return home to the UK.
Jeremy Weller is a writer and director. Jeremy has written and directed plays in over 15 countries and won 25 prizes for his radical theatre and film in which untrained actors tell their stories. He has been commissioned and created new works for Radio 4, The National Theatre, and countless theatres and also been Artist in Residence for NHS Scotland, The Royal College of Art, RADA (the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art) and many prisons, where he has worked with inmates to develop new drama . His first film was commissioned by the Danish Director Lars Von Trier, Limboland, winning for Jeremy the Robert Prize (Danish Oscar). Jeremy’s life and work was the subject of a BBC Imagine Series programme The Foolish Young Man, which was the story of the making of the play of the same name with David Harewood.
Together they will be discussing art democracy, freedom, and truth in these hyper mediated times that we live in. Jeremy and David worked together on the ground breaking devised production, The Foolish Young Man, (the subject of BBC Imagine Series program) in which David played the lead (the foolish young man of the title) alongside a cast of 15 untrained teenage actors drawn from drop in centres, pupil referral units (for young people excluded from school), and young offender Institution’s. Jeremy and David also collaborated on a devised production in New York at the Armory Centre Harlem, with a cast of 35 young people from the local community, who were or had been involved in gang activity. This project was a commission from P.A.L (The Police Athletics League).
For DMU’s Cultural eXchanges Festival they’ll be discussing their work and passions including The Foolish Man. This is not to be missed! Get your tickets from event brite! Early booking advised.