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Cultural Exchange Through Theatre in Education

Identifier: CETTIE

Scope and Contents

Wide remit of schools, museums, libraries, community groups. They initially focussed on African American individuals but in 1997 decided to focus on Black British individuals. This was originally suggested by Arif Ali. Original founder board members included Len Garrison, Shabaka Thompson, Shango Baku. Other board members include Keith Khan.

The organisation produced several teaching packs, games, cards and reports. They also had two school residencies during half term in February and October. projects were chosen with key people who would benefit the project.

Shango wrote around seven plays which were distributed and showcased widely, including abroad in Jamaica. All plays included teachersIra Aldridge, The IRA Aldridge (Bicentenary Project) Teaching pack 47pages (Author & Researcher Oku Ekpenyon.

Worked with a variety of Cultural Exchange Through Theatre In Education is an active company which has been running for over 26 years.

They developed a specific CETTIE module for any teachers to use, not just drama teachers but any other subject teachers. Name game, food bowl and sets were three trust games were consistently used as icebreakers. Games and cards were also used to encourage the students to improvise and to encourage confidence. There were usually half term residencies and then also residencies held during Black History month

International development work in Ghana.


  • Creation: 1987-2007

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11 Boxes

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Black Cultural Archives
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