Spora Stories launches its new ‘In London’ series: plays about amazing Africans in London, past and present, looking at what they gave to London and what London gave to them.
In 1773, an enslaved teenager comes to Aldgate and kick-starts the African-American poetry and literary tradition. Phillis Wheatley: It-Girl. Literary Prodigy. Celebrity. Slave. The first African-American (and only the third American female) to publish a volume of poetry, she was the toast of the town. According to Voltaire, 'she proved black people could write poetry.’ She arrived from Boston when other writers in Georgian London - Olaudah Equiano, Ignatius Sancho, Granville Sharp - were agitating against slavery, and when British-Americans back home were agitating against colonialism. But finding the chance of freedom, will she return? A striking and dramatic moment in both Georgian London history and the African diaspora story.
In tribute to the late, great Maya Angelou, whose own first collection of poetry was published 200 years later.
Spora Stories tells the dynamic stories of the African diaspora. see website:http://www.sporastories.com
Ade Solanke’s play ‘Pandora’s Box’ was nominated for Best New Play in the Offies.
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