One woman, a stage and a collaborative story – the re-writing of dreams at Embrace Arts

Posted by er134 at Oct 11, 2013 02:17 PM |
First production as part of Embrace Arts' Black History Month season

Issued by Embrace Arts on 11 October 2013

What life awaited the people who journeyed from the Caribbean to England during the 1950s?

In the first production of Embrace Arts’ Black History Month season, Michelle Vacciana’s Journey Cakes uses first-hand accounts and dramatisations to explore what it was really like moving from the Caribbean to England in the 1950s and 60s.

Michelle’s 50-minute solo performance looks at the adaptability and resourcefullness that all those answering the British ‘call’ for workers, had to show.

Co-director of Embrace Arts, Louisa Milburn, commented on the forthcoming performance:

“Michelle uses Journey Cakes to ask some very big questions such as ‘Is there a sense of belonging amongst Caribbean communities in Britain?’ But she also draws on some very personal, smaller observations from the people who made that brave journey.”

Journey Cakes will be performed on 17 October starting at 8pm.

The Black History Month Season continues with Fall poetry workshops and performances on 27 October, Jean ‘Binta’ Breeze’s Creative Salon on 2 November and the family-friendly performance The Freedom Bird, on 10 November.

Tickets can be purchased online at or by calling the Embrace box office on 0116 252 2455.

Embrace Arts is located at the Richard Attenborough centre on Lancaster Road near the fire station (LE1 7HA). There is free secure car parking for the performance of Journey Cakes, complimentary soft drinks will be available before the performance, and the licensed Arts Bar café will be open.


Notes to Editors:

Further details on this release are available from Lucy Stevens, Marketing Communications Assistant, Embrace Arts, email, tel 0116 223 1525.

Embrace Arts

As the University of Leicester’s arts centre, Embrace Arts offers opportunities to everyone to participate without barriers in ways that challenge and inspire. Its welcoming 120-seater performance area, dance and art studios, gallery and bright foyer space enable people to engage with the arts as audiences, performers and learners.

Purpose-built to provide inclusive access to all, Embrace Arts provides a focal point for cultural life on campus and in the wider community. It is currently fundraising to match a £600,000 capital grant from Arts Council England to extend its existing gallery space for the display and interpretation of contemporary visual art and increase access for disabled people.

More information is available at

Embrace Arts, Richard Attenborough centre, Lancaster Road, Leicester LE1 7HA. Box office: 0116 252 2455; e-mail:

Arts Council England

Arts Council England champions, develops and invests in artistic and cultural experiences that enrich people's lives. We support a range of activities across the arts, museums and libraries - from theatre to digital art, reading to dance, music to literature, and crafts to collections. Great art and culture inspires us, brings us together and teaches us about ourselves and the world around us. In short, it makes life better. Between 2011 and 2015, we will invest £1.4 billion of public money from government and an estimated £1 billion from the National Lottery to help create these experiences for as many people as possible across the country.

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