Strange Fruit captures the sadness, defeat & violence embodied in the song popularised by Billie Holiday in 1939. Emblems of racism from the South are cast in black against a flaming backdrop of darkness & danger. The main protagonist is a small black doll hung from a branch, swinging & swaying, evoking innocence & defencelessness. The original Holiday song has been re-interpreted to give modern context. While the material is specific to a particular time & place, the message is universal & serves as a reminder. Man’s inhumanity to man is an endless stream. It is easy to look the other way from a position of safety in racial majority. We need to be reminded of atrocious things past so that they will not be repeated.
The Zipper is a short humorous piece - no spoilers