1000 People Learn GRT History

Crystal’s Vardo performed to over 1,000 people, in Kingston, as part of Gypsy, Roma and Traveller History Month.

Kingston Council and Surrey Community Action organised four performances of Crystal’s Vardo, three in schools in Kingston and one at St Mary’s University (Twickenham) as part of Gypsy, Roma and Traveller History month (GRTHM). GRTHM is held every year, for the whole of June, and is an opportunity to come together to celebrate the rich culture and heritage of Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities.

Crystal’s Vardo is a captivating and inspiring production in which a young girl named Crystal travels through time on an extraordinary journey through Romani history.   Brimming with a wealth of colourful characters, humour, music and storytelling, Crystal’s Vardo brings to life the rich tapestry of Gypsy, Roma and Traveller history and culture.  The aim of the play is to raise awareness of the persecution of Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities through the centuries and to reflect on the ways this manifests as anti-Gypsyism today.

The performances were thoroughly enjoyed by all ages, Mrs Keogh Headteacher of Ellingham Primary School said ‘It was an incredibly moving and educational depiction of the Gypsy & Traveller history. The children were so engaged and we can’t thank the theatre group enough’. The Mayor of Kingston, Councillor Diane White, also joined us for one of the productions.

Watch the video here