Let Her Witness It

In this film, Sidelong Glance reimagine celebrated readings given by Mary E. Webb, the African American actor. Webb toured Britain in the 1850s with her husband, the writer Frank Webb, visiting leading abolitionists and giving stirring dramatic readings from classic and contemporary literature.

In July 1857, Mary read at the Royal Institute in Liverpool. In July 2021 and with the help of Dr Hannah Murray, Sidelong Glance recreated one of those occasions on the steps of the Old Welsh Chapel on Chatham Street, now home to the Management School at the University of Liverpool.