School For Emigrants – 7:84 Theatre Company England


Paul Thompson was invited over from Theatre Passe Muraille, Toronto to direct. Paul wanted to reach out into post-industrial Britain so I arranged for the company to stay on a working class housing estate in Rotherham. Once driven by the heart beat of the thumping presses of the steel mills – their demise had left a community with little prospects of work. Into this world Paul brought Grahame Greene – a remarkable actor and passionate cultural activists on behalf of the First Nation Canadians. Graham later found fame starring against Daniel Day-Lewis in “The Last of The Mohicans”. But in Rotherham in the early 1980’s he was an unfamiliar sight – but the landscape was familiar to Graham from the mass unemployment and alcohol and drugs that was so symptomatic of his own upbringing on the Reservations.