Cartoon Empire Windrush boat sailing from Jamaica to the UK

Three Further Screenings Of A Joyous Jamaican Conversation!

Three Further Screenings Of A Joyous Jamaican Conversation!

Due to phenomenal demand, we are to show three more screenings of Wolverhampton Grand Theatre’s first ever self-produced film A JOYOUS JAMAICAN CONVERSATION, an in-conversation celebration of Jamaica’s Windrush Generation at Light House Cinema.

The film will be screened on Friday 2 September, followed by a further two screenings on Saturday 3 September. It shows a roundtable discussion hosted by Tonia Daley-Campbell featuring the personal memories of respected local resident Mr Reuben Campbell, who arrived in Wolverhampton from Jamaica in 1962 to forge a new life, which included running the city’s Rising Star Club.

In his 60 years settled in the UK, Mr Campbell had never been to Wolverhampton Grand Theatre, despite a huge love of music and theatre. It took the programming of RUSH Theatre Company’s A Joyous Jamaican Journey in November 2021 for him finally walk through the doors.

The film evolved from conversations that were held around the sell-out performance of RUSH Theatre Company’s A Joyous Jamaican Journey. RUSH Theatre Company’s Artistic Director is Owen Miller from Handsworth, Birmingham. He joins the conversation in the film with Ken ‘Dread’ McLean and Orvil Pinnock, members of RUSH Theatre Company who share their parents’ stories and their own memories of growing up within the Jamaican community in the Midlands.

Head of Programming & Production Co-Ordination, Tim Hession said; “it is through the programming of shows such as those by RUSH Theatre Company that we are able to widen the Grand Theatre’s appeal within our local community. The community is full of rich and diverse culture and as we are passionate about telling everyone’s story here and Mr Campbell’s is one that we are significantly proud to share.”

This is the story of a generation of seemingly ordinary people with extraordinary life stories to share, stories of being invited to leave Jamaica to help build a better Britain, of receiving houses and pardners, of hard work and success, of resilience and faith, and of joyous social gatherings and the sights, sounds and flavours of life in Jamaican family homes.

Heart-warming, honest and uplifting A JOYOUS JAMAICAN CONVERSATION is a celebration of those who arrived from Jamaica and settled locally, and who in the course of changing their own lives, made a contribution that changed British life forever.


Tickets to A JOYOUS JAMAICAN CONVERSATION are now on sale on the Light House Cinema’s Website, or available through their box office on 01902 92 52 25.