Distant Drums

Category: Show Related artist: Whispered Tales

Distant Drums is a dynamic and thought provoking performance that tells the story of Reggae Sound System culture and its role in the fight for racial equality. A handcrafted bespoke sound system stands proudly on a statue plinth. As the speakers power up, digital screens appear within the stack and two performers transport the audience from Africa to the Caribbean until they finally arrive suitcase in hand on the shores of the UK.

Written by Madu Messenger, narrated by Macka B, choreographed by Donald Edwards with a distinctive Dub soundtrack by Vibronics, Distant Drums is an exhilarating performance not to be missed.

“A real crowd pleaser for the bass chasers, dance fans and history buffs!” Trinity Arts, Bristol

Distant Drums is excellent. It makes a real statement,
telling an important story” The Lowry, Salford

“These stories need to get out there” Don Letts, BBC 6 Music

Distant Drums can be booked as a day or night time installation or as a 20 minute outdoor live performance.

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Show Details

  • Date Created: 2021
  • Length: 20 minutes live show
  • Performance area: 6m x 6m
  • Approx. get-in / get out: Get in: 2 hours and Get out 1.5 hours
  • Number. of people on road: 4
  • Workshops available: Yes
  • Access facilities: Captioning, Wheelchair access, Relaxed performances
  • Scale: Medium scale
  • Capacity: 500-2000
  • Availability: Has touring availability
  • Language: English
  • Audience type: All audiences, all ages

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