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New look at Liverpool slave trade history


Laurence Westgaph (third from left) with the Falling Doors team
Laurence Westgaph (third from left) with the Falling Doors team

Last summer, Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse Theatres worked with local historian Laurence Westgaph and Falling Doors Theatre to create a bespoke historical walking tour of the city, exploring Liverpool’s role in the transatlantic slave trade.

This year the collaboration has resulted in an educational digital series The Streets Where We Live, exploring four writers’ responses to Liverpool’s role in the transatlantic slave trade. The material is now available free from the theatre website (link below - set up a free account if you don't already have one, select "one" in the quantity box and download).

Producer Peter Greggs said: “These new free digital resources bring a lasting legacy to the 2021 Falling Doors and Laurence Westgaph collaboration. We hope this resource helps to bring Black voices into the classroom, with personal encounters on how slavery continues to have an impact on people today, as well as allowing schools and education providers to discuss Liverpool’s involvement in slavery and how it has shaped our city. "There are interviews from the writers, historical information from Laurence and the performed pieces from the tour. They are accompanied by an education pack, so teachers are supported in delivering this subject accurately to the classroom.” The free packis aimed at secondary school students and older, as well as people with an interest in Liverpool history and creative writing for theatre.


Download the free resource pack here