Monica Ross and Children of Class 4: Act 47

Anniversary – an act of memory

solo, collective and multi-lingual recitations from memory of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

a performance series in 60 Acts

Closed workshops in November: Cathedral Primary School of St Saviour and St Mary Overy

Public Performance: Tuesday 13 November 2012 at 1.30pm

Southwark Cathedral, London Bridge, London SE1 9DA


During November artist Monica Ross has been working with children from The Cathedral Primary School of St Saviour and St Mary Overy in Southwark to internalise the rights and responsibilities to which every human being is entitled. Cathedral Primary School was the first school in the borough to achieve a Rights Respecting School Award from UNICEF.

At Southwark Cathedral on 13 November, the children of Class 4 will join Monica in a collective recitation – from memory – of the entire text of The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) – Plain English version.

Act 47 is the first recitation delivered by children in Monica Ross’s ongoing performance series, Anniversary – an act of memory. 

The Children of Class 4 are between 8 and 9 years old. Click here to read some of their reflections on taking part.

Recitation in Southwark Cathedral with Children of Class 4

Act 47 is presented by Beaconsfield in association with Cathedral Primary School and Southwark Cathedral. Anniversary – an act of memory UK tour 2011-2013 is produced by Michelle Hirschhorn and supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.

Click here to download a press release for this project. 


Act 47 is a development of Beaconsfield’s longstanding relationship with the Anniversary – an act of memory project.  This began with the first presentation of the solo performance rightsrepeated — an act of memory in Hayley Newman’s Woodshed in the exhibition Chronic Epoch, at Beaconsfield, 2005 and the publication of the limited edition poster rightsrepeated, December 2005. On 13.09.2010 Beaconsfield and Jason Bowman presented Act 13, an extraordinary recitation in 17 languages by 58 artists, and in association with Live Art Development Agency, hosted the launch of the double dvd acts of memory 2005-2010 in June 2011.



Top: Monica Ross, Anniversary—an act of memory, photo by Bernard G Mills

Lower: Monica Ross with Class 4 of The Cathedral Primary School, Act 47: Anniversary an act of memory, Southwark Cathedral, London, photo by Bernard G Mills