Elaine Mitchener, SWEET TOOTH performance at Bluecoat

Towards the end of Bluecoat's 300th anniversary year, vocalist and movement artist Elaine Mitchener premiered SWEET TOOTH, an experimental music theatre piece, which dealt with the historical links between sugar and slavery. Commissioned by Bluecoat in partnership with the Stuart Hall Foundation and the International Slavery Museum, this 50-minute cross-disciplinary music theatre piece using text, improvisation and movement, staged a dramatic engagement with the brutal realities of slavery as revealed by the historical records of the sugar industry, revealing its contemporary echoes. The piece marked the culmination of five years’ research by Mitchener into our love of sugar and the historical links between the UK sugar industry and the Transatlantic Slave Trade.