The bus ride that changed America
 On December 1, 1955 Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat to a white man on a segregated bus. Her name is now famous worldwide because of this single brave act of defiance. Although most of us know nothing else about her. Far from being a tired seamstress who had simply had enough on that one fateful day, Rosa Parks was, in fact, a lifelong activist and a campaigner for civil rights at a time when to do so was to take your very life in your hands. “Tired of Giving In” tells the story of Rosa’s life as a campaigner. Set against the disturbing background of the American South with its discriminatory laws and acts of shocking aggression by white people against their black neighbours, the play shines a light on the activism of some of the key players in the burgeoning civil rights movement of the 1950s. Rosa and her fellow activists played a vital role in the struggle for equality for all Americans. It is an inspiring and often heart breaking story. Using a four person all black cast the actors bring to life characters like Dr Martin Luther King: a young pastor new to Montgomery and to civil rights work. Claudette Colvin: a teenage girl who refused to get off a segregated bus only a few short months before Rosa Parks. Jo Ann Robinson: a woman who was instrumental in organising the 381 day boycott of the buses by black people following Rosa’s arrest. Georgia Gilmore who organised “the Club from Nowhere” a group of women who baked pies and cakes and sold them door to door to raise money to keep the bus boycott protest going. And Raymond Parks, Rosa’s beloved husband who she always said was “ the first real activist I ever met”. The story follows Rosa from the early 1940s through her growing political engagement and her fight against injustice of all kinds. Since 1955 when Rosa refused to give up her seat a lot has changed. Black people can register to vote, there are no more signs on public water fountains saying “coloured” and “white”, there are big cities with black mayors and America has seen a black president elected. The civil rights movement pioneered and maintained by Rosa and others saw the laws against segregation dismantled. Yet towards the end of her life Rosa Parks still felt that America had a long way to go if it was to approach the true equality she had fought for. The Rosa Parks story is a time ly reminder of the brave and determined men and women (some of whom paid with their lives) who fought for equal rights and equal treatment of black people in a frightening and discriminatory atmosphere rife with racial violence and abuses of white power and privilege.
﷯ Script
Musique original : ELISA LE CAM Mise en scene : LUCILLE O’FLANAGAN Avec : Marielle Compper /Kenia Labarre Saxon Kvodel / Yoann Menseau Distribution : en cours Films : DAVID TUCK Production : THOMAS LE CAM pour LE THEATRE EN ANGLAIS
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