Giselle © Sadler's Wells

Where to Celebrate Black History Month in London 2019

4 October 2019 | London Calling

Waiting for myself to appear at the Geffrye Museum of the Home
This time-bending one woman-show will particularly grab theatregoers with roots in East London. It tells the story of Alisha, a young British Caribbean woman who works at the Geffrye Museum in Hoxton, and living in a rapidly gentrifying Hackney, who in turn discovers the story of a black woman from Jamaica who was the wet nurse to Grace Belmore Sweeney, also living in a time of dramatic change. With a shorter running time, this is a good jumping-off point for those looking to start teenagers on a Black History Month journey.
Giselle at Sadler’s Wells
This reimagined version of the classical ballet Giselle is sure to have you dancing about your living room for days afterwards. Giselle tells the very tragic story of a young woman who falls in love with a deceitful nobleman in disguise. This heart-searing, imaginative version, featuring a contemporary score by South African composer Philip Miller, is choreographed by Dada Masilo, who also dances in the main role, and features traditional Tswana dance styles. This production puts a more feminist spin on the story, with Giselle finding guidance in a Sangoma, a traditional healer.
Anansi the Spider at Unicorn Theatre
If you’re celebrating Black History Month with the little ones in your life, take a gander at this exciting production at the Unicorn Theatre telling the traditional West African and Caribbean stories of Anansi, the spider trickster. The tales Anansi spins are always enchanting, and this production promises to totally immerse the audience, with kids and adults sitting together on the floor in Anansi’s world.
Dutchman at Tristan Bates Theatre
Written by the American civil rights activist Amiri Baraka and first shown in 1964, Dutchman tells the story of the relationship that develops between Clay, a black man, and Lula, a white woman. This stirring production draws parallels between the civil rights movement and Black Lives Matter, asking difficult questions about what has changed in the fight for racial equality over the past half a century.
House of African Art Part 2 - Seeing Sounds at Copeland Gallery
After the success of the first House of African Art show earlier in the year, the exhibition is back with a bang showcasing artists Derrick Ofosu Boateng, Emmanuel Unaji, Euan Roberts, Moufouli Bello and Williams Chechet. And this isn’t just an exhibition. As well as having traditional African snacks on hand to make sure nobody goes hungry while taking in the art, there will also be poetry performances, live music and talks alongside the exhibition on selected days throughout the week, which require a paid ticket, but otherwise the exhibition is free to enter. 

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