In Her Shoes

SEACA, are really pleased to announce our collaboration with Blown Fuse and the production that Michelle and Ellie have created has finally got an opening date.

We are very excited to invite you to the Preview of our new interactive installation, In Her Shoes at Queen’s Theatre, Hornchurch on Sunday 23rd January 2022.

Blown Fuse’s In Her Shoes is an immersive installation experience exploring the concepts of identity, stereotypes, and relationship to home, told through the lens of the Essex Girl stereotype.

Along the way, you’ll meet real women from Essex, past and present. As if by magic, their stories are brought to life by 3D audio and cutting-edge technology. The shoeboxes will transport you to the Bata Shoe Factory & Estate, Kynochtown and Thames Explosive Works and the Marconi Factory. You’ll visit Zimbabwe, Jamaica, and Southend Seafront in an intimate adventure that asks you: what is an Essex Girl? Will you take a walk In Her Shoes?

Your 20-minute adventure begins as you step inside a shoe shop built for one. With former Bata Shoes employee Joan as your guide, you’re transported through time through simply opening a shoebox.

To book your time slot, please RSVP here.

In Her Shoes has been funded by Arts Council of England, Magic Little Grants and supported by Queen’s Theatre.

We hope to see you there as we celebrate the forgotten stories of Essex Women.

Eleanore, Michelle and Roxanne

Blown Fuse Theatre

Black History Month Southend 2021

South Essex African Caribbean Association (SEACA)


The Story of Lovers Rock

A Menelik Shabazz Film 

Often dubbed ‘romantic reggae’, Lovers Rock is a unique British sound developed against a backdrop of racial tension. Starring; Janet Kay, Maxi Priest, Denis Bovell, Robbie Gee, Eddie Nester, among others. It combines comedy, live performances, interviews and archive footage and it shed light on the music and the generation that embraced it.

On; Tuesday, 2nd November 2021 

Arrival: 7.00p.m.

Venue: The Havens Community Hub, 138-140 Hamlet Court Road, Westcliff-On-Sea, SS0 7LN

Free, but online booking is required

Funded by 


Know Your Roots Project

Has been a roller coaster as we have been traveling around Essex delving interactive workshops which includes a physical and online presentation. Looking at the diverse aspects of African Caribbean Culture and exploring attitudes towards education about and treatment of hair. We have been engaging with participants who have contributed stories and share their knowledge of the history of Black hair and natural Hairstyles and the significance it holds. This month we were in Basildon and one of the highlights was the presentation by Shannon Creary looking at and focussing on trichology and general hair care. Also, Sheda from Holda Poetry who performed a wonderful original piece of Spoken Word about hair and head wraps.

Hamlet Court Road In Harmony Festival

An event to help our community come together after the terrible events and impact of the COVID19 pandemic.

Sunday 19th September 2021, from 11am to 3pm

Hamlet Court Road will be transformed with stalls offering arts, crafts and food. There will be a showcase of local talent, artists, musicians and performers, creating an inclusive space for everyone to come together and enjoy each other’s company. There are so many different communities and groups in Milton Ward, we’re one of the most diverse in Southend; we want to celebrate all the things we have in common: food, music, dance, spoken word, making and creating. 

We hope that as well as being a great event, it will help businesses along Hamlet Court Road, by reminding visitors that it’s a great shopping destination in its own right.  We’d like to run it as an annual Southend on Sea event.

Call-out for talent, makers, groups and stall-holders

If you would be interested in having a stall or know someone who would; if you know local talent needing a showcase; if you can offer any support or suggestions – please get in touch! We want Hamlet Court Road in Harmony to reflect our communities and this can only happen if we work together. 

We look forward to enjoying a time when we can celebrate all that is beautiful and vibrant about Westcliff and the amazing talent in Essex.

Hope you will join us and put the date in your diary now, for Sunday, 19th September 2021.

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