Black History Month 2023 celebration at the New Vic

Black History Month 2023 celebration at the New Vic

3rd November 2023

The New Vic marked Black History Month 2023 this October with a celebratory event featuring the UK’s first Ethnically Diverse improv group Jumprov, music from Keele Gospel Choir, and Stoke-on-Trent poet Adrian McKenzie.  

Jumprov, a group of Black and Brown improvisation artists, perform comedy sketches on stage in the New Vic auditorium for Black History Month. Credit: Andrew Billington
Keele Gospel Choir sing a rousing number and raise the roof. Credit: Andrew Billington
Poet Adrian McKenzie shares a piece of his work with the audience before Jumprov take to the stage. Credit: Andrew Billington

Delicious Caribbean and South American cuisine, including curry goat and jerk chicken, was dished up before the show courtesy of Tunstall’s Brickhouse.

Audience members are served food from Tunstall’s Brickhouse in the New Vic café. Credit: Andrew Billington

Then, taking inspiration from this year’s Black History Month theme ‘Saluting our Sisters’ Jumprov entertained the audience with comedy sketches, scenes and songs created on the spot.

Two members of the Jumprov group share a heartfelt moment on stage. Credit: Andrew Billington
Audience members at the event show their appreciation and clap for the performers. Credit: Andrew Billington
Members of Keele Gospel Choir join the audience to watch Jumprov entertain. Credit: Andrew Billington

A free comedy workshop also took place prior to the show where participants could try their hand at improv themselves.

Gabriella Gay and participants of the improvisation workshop laugh together as they learn skills from the Jumprov group. Credit: Andrew Billington

The evening was created in collaboration with Gabriella Gay, Director of Kwanzaa Collective.

Gabriella Gay introduces the acts for the evening. Credit: Andrew Billington

Thank you to everyone involved for a joyful evening!

Article by Becky Loton

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