14 & 15 OCT / 7:30pm
A play written and directed by Khareem Jamal
Africology Productions is pleased to announce ‘The Voices of Black Folk: In Unexpected Places’. The latest installment in their ‘Voices of Black Folk’ series dedicated to shining a light on the forgotten rich history of black voices across the UK and Europe.
The Crescent Theatre
Written and directed by Khareem Jamal, (playwright of Black Heroes In the Hall Of Fame and The Abolitionist), ‘The Voices of Black Folk: In Unexpected Places’ shares with us the fascinating lives of Septimius Severus, Queen Philippa of Hainault, Ottobah Coguano and Joseph Bolgone all who pop up in history in places we wouldn’t expect such as the Roman empire, the British Royal family and the French Revolution.
Delving deep into our history, we learn about the true character of black leaders such as Septimius Severus, played by Lloyd Reid, who was an African emperor of Rome, who campaigned in northern Britain in an attempt to subdue the Scots and expand the empire, and who for a short period made the city of York the de facto capital of the Roman empire.
We learn about Queen Philippa of Hainault, played by Misie Goode, who thanks to Netflix’s ‘Bridgeton’, has surfaced more prominently as a previous member of the British royal family. Married to King Edward III in 1328, Queen Philippa bore him thirteen children and in so doing sowed the seeds of discontent among the Plantagenets that would lead to the Wars of The Roses- a series of civil wars fought over control of the English throne in the mid-to-late fifteenth century.
The story of Ottobah Coguano is also told. Played by Tosin Olomowewe, Ottobah was a former slave turned abolitionist and political activist who was kidnapped at the age of 13 from the ‘Gold Coast’ and taken to the Caribbean. Purchased by a British merchant, he was brought to England and eventually given his freedom. Ottobah made London his home and fought tirelessly for the “immediate” abandonment of the evil institution of slavery, becoming the first African to be published in English. His book, ‘Thoughts and Sentiments of The Wicked Traffic Of The Slavery And Commerce Of the Human Species’ (1787) caused a sensation with its unapologetic demand for abolition.
Lastly, we learn of the irrepressible genius that was Joseph Bologne, Chevalier de Saint-George, played by Mico Simonde, a man with many talents, who was a French classical composer, virtuoso violinist, a conductor of the leading symphony orchestra in Paris, a renowned champion fencer and an anti-slavery abolitionist and commander of his own regiment in the French Revolution ‘the Légion nationale des Américains & du midi’- the first all-black regiment in modern European history.
This is show for all the family, book your tickets today for an experience that is both entertaining and educational and not to be missed!