Dangers of Common Sense – Photograph

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This colour image depicts a scene from a 1996 performance of ‘Dangers of Common Sense’, devised by Mán Melá . The play, directed by Dominic Rai, was an HIV awareness production aimed at youth, and toured various schools, colleges and youth centres in London. This image features Kiran D’Costa and Janice Grace Vydelingum in a performance in front of a school audience.

Date of Creation / Publication1996
CreatorWhitfield, John
Associated Person/ OrganisationRai, Dominic
Collection and Reference NumberMán Melá Theatre Company Collection (GB 2661 MM)
Catalogue NumberMM/PRO/DC/4
CopyrightThe Creator and/ or the associated person or organisation where applicable.
Access to originalsThe originals are located at SADAA
Series notesAs part of Mán Melá’s commitment to community issues and involvement, in 1995 the company devised a play entitled Dangers of Common Sense, which explored issues surrounding HIV and AIDS. The piece was commissioned by BHASEL (Black HIV AIDS South East London) and toured schools, colleges and youth clubs in 1996. The play was directed by Mán Melá artistic director Dominic Rai and featured Razia Sultana Ayub, Kiran D’Costa, Emilio Doorgasingh and Janice Grace Vydelingum as cast members. The play fused hard-hitting contemporary drama with bhangra music.
Collection notesThe Mán Melá Theatre Company Collection consists of digitised material pertaining to Mán Melá’s productions and its audience and project development work since 1993. The items include production and workshop photographs, flyers and information-based programmes.