In commemoration of London hosting the 2012 Olympic Games, Sidley is the major sponsor of a production of the play “1936” at The Lilian Baylis Studio at Sadler's Wells Theatre. The play dramatises Hitler’s manipulation of the Olympics to further the aims of Nazi Germany and includes the triumph of the iconic Jesse Owens in the face of racism.
Alongside the production, an educational resource pack will be prepared for use in workshops at interested schools to support classroom and further study of past Olympics and Olympians and the events and characters of “1936”. The targeted schools will be in areas populated by young persons from diverse ethnic minorities and socially disadvantaged communities. There will be a special schools matinee performance. In addition, an Olympic Arts project will focus on the history of the Olympics with links to “1936”. Drama workshops will be delivered to groups of young refugees and asylum seekers living in deprived areas of London.
“Sidley is proud to sponsor this unique theatre production and educational programme. The play raises questions about integrity and inspires reflection on the core values that Sidley and its clients share with the Olympics – equality, respect, collegiality and excellence. These values unite us all regardless of colour, faith or national origin.” Elizabeth Uwaifo, London Diversity Chair, Sidley Austin LLP
This event is not an official London 2012 Olympic event and has been organised independently by Sidley Austin LLP.