‘Ride!’ the big man says, ‘you’re going for a ride!’
The American Deep South. A pickup truck carrying white supremacists. An African-American man abducted. Hate-crime in the age of Donald Trump as the ugly face of racism reasserts itself. A true story from the past is reimagined and reset in the present. A one-man show where an actor (Shaquille John) plays different roles, providing a visceral account of the violence of racism.
RIDE! is a play about a very important subject – racism, a theme never absent from human interaction but which has come into sharp focus recently. Following the decision to leave the EU, naked aggression came to the fore with a 78% rise in race-hate crimes. In the US, Donald Trump was sensationally elected president, emboldening racial attacks, both verbal and physical, with extreme right-wing organisations such as the Klu-Klux-Klan re-emerging as a violently fascist presence.
The history and background of this case are subject to intensive research, although the dramatisation is a free
adaptation, an imaginative interpretation uninhibited by factuality. The modern-day narrative was inspired by the racist murder of James Byrd, an African-American killed by white supremacists in Texas, June 1998. Byrd was chained to the back of a truck and dragged three miles along an asphalt road. Conscious throughout, he died when his body hit a culvert.
RIDE! will dramatise the highly pertinent theme of racism as part of Black History Month.
Written by John Foster, performed by Shaquille John and directed by Charmaine K Parkin.
The show’s next performance will be:
Forest Arts New Milton: 7th February 2018 BOOK TICKETS
RIDE! has toured at the following:
Premiered at Forest Forge Theatre Company: Saturday 7th October
Brockenhurst College: Thursday 12th October
Charter Academy: Friday 13th October