Racial motive to Library play

Published: 30 October 2021
Reporter: David Upton

My Voice Was Heard But It Was Ignored

If you see something you don’t agree with, do you intervene?

It’s a question addressed in My Voice Was Heard But It Was Ignored by Nana-Kofi Kufuor at Oldham Library November 15–16.

It’s from Red Ladder Theatre Company supported by Oldham Coliseum Theatre and Leeds Playhouse.

When 15 year-old Reece is roughly accosted by police, his young, black teacher Gillian witnesses it all—but doesn’t question or intervene.

The consequences erupt the following day in a tussle of power and an interrogation of racial identity, featuring Jelani D'Aguilar and Misha Duncan-Barry.

Writer Nana-Kofi was working at a Pupil Referral Unit when a student took a knife to stab another student. “Once I’d calmed him down... police were outside, and took him. I saw him a few weeks later, and he asked why I didn’t help him? That rush of guilt changed to anger and quickly to sympathy as he saw me as his protector.”