Europe, Obama & Me
“I am a cog in the wheel of Free Movement.
I am my ancestors’, my contemporaries’,
and my descendants’ wildest dreams.”
While Barack Obama is fulfilling his American Dream as the first Black president of the United States, Sylvia Arthur, a Black Brit, is in Brussels in pursuit of the European version.
Working at the political heart of Europe, tasked with promoting Freedom of Movement, she zigzags the continent proselytising the benefits of a borderless Union.
But as the President faces resistance to his agenda, so does she as nativism, authoritarianism, misogyny, and racism sweep through Europe, and the world, and dreams begin to crumble.
Interweaving music, video, and images with spoken word, Europe, Obama & Me takes on the big issues of Brexit, Trump, US and EU race relations, and the global refugee crisis in a powerful, compelling narrative that explores the meaning of identity, politics, power, and belonging in the post-post-racial 21st century.
Written by Sylvia Arthur
Supported by Arts Council England and Talawa Theatre Company