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Wild Scenes at Cardiff

June 12 @ 7:00 pm - June 13 @ 9:00 pm

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Butetown, in 1919, saw 4 days of race riots. This is the story, now told on stage 100 years on.

National Theatre Wales and The Heritage & Cultural Exchange
12-13 June 2019, 7-9pm
Butetown Community Centre

Created and performed by Mike Pearson and Ali Goolyad

‘Wild Scenes at Cardiff’ declared the South Wales Echo.
‘Blacks Hunted By a Furious Mob’ proclaimed the South Wales News.

National Theatre Wales and The Heritage & Cultural Exchange present an evening to mark the centenary of the Cardiff Riots of June 1919.

In mid-June 1919, our city was plunged into four days and nights of violent mayhem that left three dead, many in hospital, and buildings wrecked and burnt.

Its causes were a complex knot of post-war frustrations following demobilization – lack of housing, lack of jobs, lack of opportunity. But most shocking was the racial aspect, as local troublemakers, ex-servicemen and Colonial soldiers clashed with Yemeni, Somali and Caribbean seamen, in front of vast crowds of on-lookers.

The ‘Cardiff race riots’: one of those moments in a city’s history that lingers – in family stories, in popular myths – but for which there is no complete official record.


June 12 @ 7:00 pm
June 13 @ 9:00 pm
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Butetown Community Centre
40 Loudoun Square
Cardiff, CF10 5UZ United Kingdom
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