Young, Gifted & Black: A month of theatre, performances, events and exhibitions to celebrate Black History Month – October 2019
Every Friday evening throughout October, we welcome you into our foyer for a series of Spoken Word, debates, Q&As and Open Mic. So come along for FREE and take part in the Black History Month celebration… check back for details!
SMILE-ING by Kay Rufai
16 Oct – 22 Oct | Free
An exhibition in our foyer depicting black boys and young men by artist Kay Rufai, to challenge the stereotypes portrayed in the media.
Black History Month: Junior Jam
21 Oct | 11am & 1pm | £10
For ages 3+. Come party, play and perform at the best junior jam in town!
Join us for a fun packed morning. Games, Bouncy castle, sweet treats and more! Your little ones will smile all the way home and they may learn a thing or two as well.
Hosted by Darren hart who you may have seen on Cbeebies in show like Justin house, Gigglebiz and apple tree house to name a few.
Generation of Love (spoken word):
24 Oct | 6pm | Free
12 young people from Jeugdtheaterschool in Amsterdam take part in a cultural exchange project. Don’t miss their creative event at the end of the exchange, where these talented young artists will share work surrounding racial identity and nationality and celebrating their origins and diversity.
New Perspectives presents
by debbie tucker green
directed by Jack McNamara
Welcome to the Caribbean. Where the sun is hot and the living is uneasy.
Meet three women. An unlikely trio. Different ages, backgrounds and attitudes. Each has a unique relationship with the island. A home. A regular holiday haunt. A first time visit. Through language that fizzes and sparks, we begin to discover that they share one surprising thing in common.
Dates: 17 October | 7.30pm plus post-show Q&A
Ticket Price: £12 (£10 concession)
Love Thy Fro: The Musical
“School photo day is coming up and Kemi has a crisis – her hair isn’t right.
After many failed attempts to try and tame it, Kemi goes on an unexpected journey to the 1970s where she meets a familiar face and discovers there is something deeply special about taking pride in her big, beautiful afro hair.
The question is – will she get it right in time for photo day?
An adaptation of Casey Elisha’s debut children’s book, Love Thy Fro: TheMusical teaches there is much pride to be had in loving the skin you’re in.”
Thursday 17th October – 10.30am & 1.30pm
Friday 18th October – 7.15pm*
Thursday 24th October – 11.00am & 2.00pm
Friday 25th October – 3.30pm & 7.00pm
Saturday 26th October – 11.00am & 2.00pm
Ticket Price: £12 / £6
56 Black Men Live
A concept where storytelling meets performance and the arts, ‘56 Black Men Live’ echoes the original campaign in its pledge to positively spotlight black men. Hear from some of the 56 men and enjoy performances from our guests.
56 Black Men is a liberating social enterprise founded by Cephas Williams, which has been challenging the negative stereotypes surrounding black men by amplifying exceptional achievement within the community.
Join us for the ‘Live’ launch with an evening of real conversations and raw talent in our steps towards changing the narrative forever.
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Date: 20 October
Price: £25 (Early bird £15 General £20)
by Gail Egbeson
It’s a celebration of the tapestry of different cultures in London, told through the lens of a Nigerian chef and her fiancé. Historically, Africans have debated who makes the flavourful dish best. The question is… what’s really at stake?
Dates: 22 October | 8pm
Ticket Price: £9
King Soloman and the Queen of Sheeba
Acclaimed composer and singer Juwon Ogungbe’s new music-theatre piece brings to life the Ethiopian legend of King Solomon and the Queen of Sheba.
Influenced by African musical genres and Opera, the legend of the first Emperor of the Solomonic Dynasty is told by two female Rastafari devotees, travelling in Ethiopia.
To coincide with Black History Month, King Solomon and the Queen of Sheba will be performed at Theatre Peckham by classical singers of diverse heritages and a youth chorus from Theatre Peckham in a semi-staged presentation.
Supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England
Dates: 26 October | 7.30pm (followed by post-show Q&A)
Ticket Price: £7 (£5 concession)
Want to perform in King Soloman? Aged 8-16?
This half term Juwon would like to work with a chorus of young people from Peckham towards his semi-staged performance on Saturday 26th.
Workshop dates: Mon 21 – Fri 25 | 10am – 1pm (there may be an evening rehearsal, performance 26 Oct at 7.30pm)
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