Sea Shanties & Lascar Tales

Sea Shanties & Lascar Tales

Join students from local school Britannia Village Primary School and the London Sea Shanty Collective on the banks of the Thames at the new Greenhouse Theatre in Thames Barrier Park on Saturday 27 May 3-4pm.

This special Royal Docks Festival performance will feature poems, classic sea shanties and some with new lyrics exploring the hidden stories of Lascars - the Indian sailors who powered the empire's fleet and lived in London's East End. Britannia Village students worked with poet and sea shanty singer Laila Sumpton to craft their own lyrics, and they are looking forward to teaching them to the crowd for a big sing along!

The London Sea Collective will perform their songs of the sea and rivers - they are a non-audition community choir based in Dalston who have performed at the Cutty Sark, Natural History Museum, Maritime Museum, Fire in the Mountain Festival and more!

Inspired by Raqs Media Collective - The Waves are Rising, Britannia Village Primary school collaborated with Laila Sumpton from the London Sea Shanty Collective. Year 5 students rewrote sea shanty lyrics weaving colonial history, rising sea levels and shipping to capture the Lascar experience.

Time & date

Saturday 27 May


The Greenhouse Theatre (Thames Barrier Park)



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