Emancipation of the Dispossessed is a deliberately positive title. It directs our attention toward forms of slavery that continue to this day in the shape of child trafficking and economic slavery. The docudrama, titled Blood Sugar, which formed part of this programme, concluded with images from Anti Slavery International.

 

The Slave Trade was abolished in the British Empire in 1807. Slavery itself was notabolished in British possessions till thirty years later. And Abolition cannot be dramatized without beginning with the roots of slavery itself three hundred years earlier.

 

The Emancipation of the Dispossessed programme formed part of the bicentennial commemoration and was a local history study working with schools, Lewisham Further Education College, a Community Theatre Company and The National Maritime Museum. Blood Sugar was staged at the Queen's House Greenwich and was researched, written and directed by John Turner.