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A Shared History, A Shared Future: Chad Vale Video Performance

Shared History Shared Future
A Shared History, A Shared Futurecelebrates 200 years since the abolition of the slave trade.
Community based groups have been exploring the ways in which slavery in all its forms throughout history has operated, and how it relates to our lives in Birmingham.

Video Performance

A project with Chad Vale Primary


Chad Vale Primary, working with Birmingham Library Services, have pioneered the use of video performance in education.

Using sound and video clips, together with drama and other arts media, there is limitless potential for video performance to tell a story. Live performance introduces a potential for interactivity and editing control in a way a pre-recorded video can never achieve.


John Hill-Daniel, Jonathan Lee, and Tom Hollness have worked with Chad Vale Year 6 to explore slavery through games and activities, and devise a catalogue of images, video clips and some sound/music clips which can be mixed live to produce a live video performance.

The group explored issues of slavery, using images from library resources and the internet, together with their own video footage and drama performance, to create their own story of slavery, performed in the Library Theatre.

Comments from teachers and parents

'I was impressed how you brought it to their level. I had never seen slavery taught with such a young group before.' Teacher

'The performance brought me to tears. To see the real slaves on the screen, and the children acting out what the slaves were doing was so moving.' Parent


Find out more about the other projects under the A Shared History, A Shared Future banner.


A Shared History, A Shared Future
Breaking the Chains 2007