Coincidentally, this year’s Caribbean Carnival of Manchester (CCOM) is in commemoration of the 70th anniversary of the arrival of the ship, Empire Windrush at Tilbury Docks, Essex, in June 1948.
Amid the current Windrush scandal entangling Theresa May’s government, it is perhaps fitting that the organisers of this year’s festival bring the recognition of both the generation and their impact upon British soil.
Lead organisers of CCOM, Mike Bisson & Arthur Mottershead, have extended their support to local playwright and actress, Nicola Gardner.
Gardner will produce her show The Community Centre on the Friday before carnival weekend 11-12 August.
In 2016, TNT News featured Gardner just before the premiere of the show.
The show, which demonstrates the hilarity of our everyday lives whilst celebrating our city’s multiculturalism, will essentially open the carnival celebrations.
The performance is ticketed and scheduled to take place at The Windrush Millennium Centre on Friday, 10 August.
An established performer, Gardner has performed in prime-time TV productions such as Coronation Street, Emmerdale, The Royal and Brookside.
With roles in ‘A Raisin in the Sun’ at the Green Room Theatre and ‘A Caribbean Abroad’ at Manchester’s Library theatre, Gardner has experience in the theatre.
‘I wrote a show that would give significant roles to artists from ethnic minorities and enable us to showcase our talents on a bigger stage and in a more significant way’, she told TNT.
After joining forces with other similar talented professionals from ethnic minorities, she decided to ‘write my own show and make my own luck’.
Gardner hopes the show will be a platform for ‘underused minority artists’ from the world of acting and film production’.
TNT Arts & Culture