Euton Daley MBE
Euton Daley and Unlock the Chains Collective make and produce theatre that explores the Black experience through the fusion of dance, music, song and spoken word/performance poetry.
Artist, Director, Mentor and Producer, I have over 40 years’ experience working in the arts. Having developed and managed Pegasus Theatre specialising in youth and community work for over 20 years, my focus is currently on developing my creative practice within the framework of the African- heritage experience.
“A nation that doesn’t understand its own history and the roots of its wealth will struggle to understand how power, finance, politics and economies work. A nation that doesn’t understand its past can’t understand its present….”
I have been a North Wall Arts Propeller Artist for the last two years. As a freelancer, the importance of having a base, can’t be underestimated and the North Wall has given me that support. Here’s a podcast I did for their #NWConnect podcast last year.
Listen to the podcast.
Find out more about my other latest projects here.
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Produced by Kuumba Nia Arts & Unlock the Chains Collective
"Every so often there is a piece that touches the soul. SOLD is one such show"
Musical Theatre Review
“SOLD is an intimate, involving experience, flawlessly directed by Euton Daley who creates an atmosphere that grips from the start” Reviewer
SOLD – Winners:
Best Performer and Best Supporting Performer in a production – OFFIES 2022
Best Show – Birmingham Fest 2021
Show of the Week – Vaults Festival 2020
Best Ensemble, Musical Theatre Review Award – Edinburgh Fringe 2019
Fresh from a London run at Park Theatre and London Metropolitan University, and from opening the 47th Bermuda Festival, this is the remainder of the tour:
23-35 June Arts at the Old Fire Station, Oxford
2-7 July Applause Rural Touring, Kent
14-24 July Physical Theater Festival, Chicago
28-31 July WOMAD Festival, Berkshire
23-25 Sept Feast Festival, Malvern
13 Oct Trinity College, Oxford*
14 Oct Christ Church, Abingdon*
The company will be running workshops throughout the Feast Festival Weekend.
* Black History Month 2022 Event
North West End UK ★★★★★
“..a hauntingly gripping presentation that stays with you long after the curtain goes down. Sold is a deeply moving representation of one woman’s extraordinary struggle to overthrow a world order she was born into”
“Sold’ is, in short, a masterpiece that demands to be seen. Told through an intoxicating mix of song, live drumming, dance and the West African tradition of ‘griot’ storytelling, these disciplines are brilliantly interwoven making for a seamless, expressive and at times very real depiction of Prince’s experiences. …this is a hugely enlightening and powerful piece. …a vital contribution to Black British Theatre and well-deserving of the huge acclaim it has so far received”.
“Euton Daley directs a resonant piece, the show both educational and entertaining to experience” Reviewer
#Ending the Silence
#Ending the Silence was launched in 2018 and he is now available for book and performance readings.
"It's a story not often believed"
#Ending the Silence explores the Black Diaspora experience and struggles for equality, justice and human rights through performance poetry.
I made an appearance at this year’s Oxford Indie Book Fair, Sat 2 April with a performance reading from this, my second published book of performance poetry.
It is the second year of this newly formed independent book festival. It’s free and open to all – lovers of books, stories, meeting with authors and publishers etc. Check it out!
Oxford Indie Book Fair
That fear of mistaken identity
Wrong place/wrong time
Born in the wrong skin/colour
Still Breathing emerged in response to the world-wide events surrounding the murder of George Floyd in 2020 and as an artistic response to the #BLM and Rhodes Must Fall campaigns in Oxford. In the renewed spirit of hope in the struggles for justice, equality and freedom, the script is an epic performance poetry piece fusing dance, music and song to voice the fears, frustration, fatigue, anger and resilience as yet another Black life is taken by the hands of those tasked to protect us.
29 Oct Sheldonian Theatre, Oxford*
Still Breathing continues an artistic exploration towards evolving a Black Arts aesthetic developing a fusion of music/song, dance and theatre with performance poetry/spoke word to create a storytelling protest form of theatre. The piece will also be developed into an outdoor theatre dance performance and a short film.
*Black History Month 2022 Event
Supported by TORCH (The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities), Dancin’ Oxford, The North Wall, Oxford Playhouse and Fusion Arts, alongside Arts Council England funding.
UNLOCK THE CHAINS COLLECTIVE
Unlock the Chains Collective share and celebrate African and Caribbean heritage, culture experience and stories.
Black Excellence Project
This is a weekly creative arts programme for young people, led by professional artists, to enable heritage young people to be inspired by their heritage and culture whilst developing and celebrating their own creative and artistic expression firmly rooted in tradition, fused with their experience of living in a multicultural 21st century. Supported by Oxford Brookes University, Oxford University Garden, Libraries and Museums, Museum of Oxford and the Oxford Cultural Education Partnership.
In collaboration with Amantha Edmead and visual artist Anne Griffiths, Belonging explores people, place and identity,
This is an ongoing project collecting stories, developing people’s sense of belonging to create a large piece of art and, depending on developments might result in a theatrical presentation. The next public engagement of this project is planned for the Queens Jubilee weekend beginning of June, Oxford Windrush on 25 June and for the Jamaican 60th anniversary in August – watch this space.
Oxford Cultural Anti-Racism Alliance
I have been involved in the setting up of the Oxford Cultural Anti-Racism Alliance which grew out of the events of 2020. We have developed a Manifesto for change and cultural partners have embarked on a training series and planning for radical change to the arts sector in Oxford so that those from the Global Majority (replacing the previously used term BAME) are fully and truly reflected in the leadership and decision making of organisations as well as the work produced in museums, theatres, concert halls etc.
Have a read of the Manifesto here