Show Less
Restricted access

Mediating the Windrush Children

Caryl Phillips and Horace Ové

Josiane Ranguin

Mediating the Windrush Children analyses three plays by St. Kitts-born British playwright Caryl Phillips: Strange Fruit (1981), Where There is Darkness (1982), The Shelter (1984), and a film by Trinidadian-British filmmaker Horace Ové, Pressure (1975), as artistic depictions of the experience of the Windrush generation, a term that refers to the Anglo-Caribbean islanders recruited to help rebuild Britain in the aftermath of World War II. These works are vibrant calls to resist visuality as an authoritarian medium, and tools of resilience. The revival of Caryl Phillips’s Strange Fruit at the Bush Theatre, and ‘Get Up, Stand Up Now’, the celebration of Black British artists, among whom Horace Ové, took place in London during the summer of 2019. Both events put into perspective the 2018 Windrush scandal that saw members of the Windrush generation denied their rights as British citizens.
Mediating the Windrush Children should appeal to students engaged in drama studies, film studies and postcolonial literature, as well as members of the general public interested in artistic works focusing on the Windrush generation.

Show Summary Details
Restricted access



Abbany, Zulfikar, ‘Home Truths from a Man of the World’, review of A New World Order (Selected Essays), by Caryl Phillips, The Independent, 1 November 2001.

Adesokan, Akinwumi, Postcolonial Artists and Global Aesthetics (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2011).

Agier, Michel, La condition cosmopolite. L’anthropologie à l’épreuve du piège identitaire (Paris: La Découverte, 2013).

Anwar, Muhammad, ‘Immigration’, in The Oxford Companion to Black British History, ed. by David Dabydeen, John Gilmore, and Cecily Jones (New York: Oxford University Press, 2007), p. 218.

Bell, Rosalind, ‘Worlds Within: An Interview with Caryl Phillips’, Callaloo, 14.3 (1991), 593.

Brownmiller, Susan, In Our Time: Memoir of a Revolution (New York: Random House, 1999).

Bruner, Jerome, In Search of Pedagogy Volume II: The Selected Works of Jerome Bruner, 1979–2006 (London: Routledge, 2006).

Bunce, Robin and Paul Field, ‘Mangrove Nine: The Court Challenge against Police Racism in Notting Hill’, The Guardian, 29 November 2010, [accessed 1 August 2018].

Chambers, Eddie, Roots and Culture, Cultural Politics in the Making of Britain (London: I. B. Tauris, 2017).

You are not authenticated to view the full text of this chapter or article.

This site requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books or journals.

Do you have any questions? Contact us.

Or login to access all content.