Adapted from Matthew Crampton’s recent book ‘Human Cargo: Stories & Songs of Emigration, Slavery and Transportation’, singer and storyteller Crampton, whose previous show ‘The Transports’ won a five star review in The Guardian, joins forces with acclaimed song collector and musician/singer Jeff Warner, a legend of old-time traditional music who has been called “the best folk singer in America”, for an epic night focusing on the history of human migration. Linking the past to the present, and the universal to the local and particular through specially researched case studies from Bristol and beyond, this will be a deeply moving and intense exploration of one of the most important subjects in all history, and an essential background to any understanding of the contemporary refugee crisis.

This Bristol performance includes stories researched locally. Also, as part of the Parallel Lives project, the show is delighted to partner with Bristol Refugee Rights, and Bristol City of Sanctuary who will be present at St George’s to talk about their work. The show is also proud to link with Refugee Week 2018 (18-24 June).

‘Matthew Crampton has taken a fresh look at the worlds of slavery and emigration.

He’s unearthed some fascinating stories and, crucially, added folk song to let us hear from those whose voices are usually silenced.

Songs give such a distinct perspective on history – and this book gives us an elegant, vital insight into human suffering and survival.’  CERYS MATTHEWS


Thursday 17 May

Human Cargo with Matthew Crampton & Jeff Warner

£18, £16, £5 Students/U18s (limited availability)

A £1 postage fee is charged where applicable

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