Windows of Displacement
“This was the most extraordinary production I’ve ever seen in my life, encompassing hundreds of years of history by brilliant spoken word wedded together with stunning and beautiful movement / dance. Akeim’s performance and passion came from his very soul, much was his story. The production integrated great music and a creative backcloth of incredible images and profound and moving stories, where a child’s pictures and voice towards the end, spoke volumes about the present. It is a work of genius and profoundly moving.” Allison Edwards - retired teacher / Researcher with Leeds’ Diasporian Stories Research Group
“This piece tells both an incredibly personal story and the story of so many others.It is an important piece, but it is also a piece which is funny, tender and welcoming. What I liked most about this piece was that Akeim was a friend to the audience.
It could have been easy to make the audience feel like ‘them’, but Akeim was able to tell his story in a way which was both incredibly challenging, but also made the audience feel like this was ‘us’. It was beautifully human kind. I thought the breaking of the third wall worked really well, the singing was lovely and the sel es.
It promoted action in me. It made me want to leave the theatre and make positive things happen in my community and the world. As well as feeling positive about being human.” Melanie Neal - Project Coordinator at Coactive Arts
“I had always thought that I understood the horrors of slavery and exploitation and their legacy, but I now realise that, while compassionate, my understanding was simply intellectual. Watching Windows of Displacement opened a portal in me full of outrage and tenderness, deep visceral horror at the desecration of humanity and awe in the face of the human spirit which survives to tell the story.” Glynis Roberts - Audience Member
“It was a privilege to have the beautiful and important Windows of Displacement as part of our programme for Refugee Week. It’s a fascinating piece, which generated a real energy in the audience and some brilliant discussion afterwards. Akeim is an electric performer and the piece is an engaging exploration of crucial contemporary issues.” Sophie Ignatieff - Programme Coordinator of Refugee Week, West Yorkshire Playhouse
“Energetic enthusiasm. Expressing the sadness that suffers until now the pain of colonialism. In a sadness time we became sad all of us because your body your face your song was sad. Excellent body language. You have creative spirit in you that put you inside of spectacle. I have never been to the kind of piece but you give to me the feeling of it. I was so happy when you recognised that Caribbean people are from African background. You need to celebrate your creations because you are among the greatest in Art. Thank you Toussaint.” Gandis Boanerges Boksurnaturel - Asylum Seeker from The Congo