Fio Presents The Mountaintop
In October 2017, Fio announced that the highly acclaimed production of ‘The Mountaintop’, funded by Arts Council Wales and Creu Cymru, touring throughout Wales. As part of the tour, Fio also hosted a special event at The Senedd.
‘The Mountaintop’ by Katori Hall is the fictional depiction of the Reverend Martin Luther King Jr's last night on earth before his assassination on April 4, 1968. Set in a motel room in Memphis, Tennessee, an exhausted King returns from a prophetic speech during the sanitation workers’ strike and is visited by a mysterious maid, Camae, with a much greater mission than delivering his coffee. In association with Black History Month Wales 2016 and Stand Up To Racism, Fio produced an extremely successful production and subsequent Welsh tour of this highly acclaimed and award winning show.
Fio went to the following venues:
The Other Room, Porters - Cardiff
Powys Dance - Llandrindod Wells
Span Arts - Narberth
Blackwood Miner's Institute
We offered a range of educational and outreach workshops and opportunities associated with the production and themes of the play in The Other Room, Porters. Here is a glimpse of how both the production and our Speak Easy event, in partnership with Stand Up To Racism, impacted audience and those involved:
This project was made possible with generous support from Arts Council Wales.
What the critics said:
★★★★ The Stage
'Shayek’s production is a strong one that drills home Dr King’s repeated line: “We’ve still got so much work to do.”'
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★★★★½ The Reviews Hub
''The Mountaintop' is a truly inspiring, moving and compelling performance. Do not miss this – it’ll stay with you for a very long time.'
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★★★★ Young Critic Gemma Treharne
'This is theatre that will pack a punch, leaving you sweating, crying and completely rung out. There are no other words to say than ‘wow’.'
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What the audience said:
Fio at The Senedd 2017
"How do we deal with the white man?"
Camae - The Mountaintop 2017
To kick off our tour of The Mountaintop across Wales and to celebrate Black History Month, Fio hosted a special event at the Senedd. We brought people together to be a voice; to have conversations and to continue to break down the barriers that are unfortunately still very prevalent in Wales.
Fio believes that everyone has a story to tell and we want to bring people together to listen and respond. Fio believes it is important to have a discussion about race in a building, which is majority white. We want to promote and celebrate the diversity of Wales and put all voices on the national agenda.
This event was hosted by Isaiah Hull (who has performed with Lemn Sissay and Skepta, as well as appearing at Radio One’s Big Weekend and TedXManchester). This special event attracted Special Guests and included a host of other powerful music, spoken word and open discussions. The creative team of The Mountaintop also shared their experience and talked about the exciting tour.
This was a chance for Fio to invite everyone to honest and frank discussions about race within Wales with key decision makers, organisations and individuals who are responsible for change.