PALLADINI PRODUCTIONS PRESENTS
FOR FIVE PERFORMANCES ONLY 1867 A STIRRING PRODUCTION INSPIRED BY THE LEGENDARY STORY OF MADAM CJ WALKER
A NEW PLAY BY THERESA ROCHE
DIRECTED BY R. VICTOR WILLIAMS
WORK-SHOP DIRECTOR TONNY A.
27TH -31ST OCTOBER 2009 AT THE BROCKLEY JACK THEATRE, LONDON
1867 is a moving new play inspired by the story of Madam CJ Walker, who was the first self made, African American female millionaire. She made her wealth through the creation and distribution of hair products for Black Women. Set during the late 1800’s and a few years after slavery has been abolished, the play celebrates the courage, strength and entrepreneurialism of Madam CJ Walker through the character Delilah McAndrew. Having been the first member of her family to be born free Delilah overcame the oppression, racial and sexual inequality to not only become a success but to also be renowned for her philanthropic work and willingness to help others. By the time of her death in 1919 Delilah McAndrew had built one of the largest black owned manufacturing companies in the world which included an international network of over 15,000 representatives of her firm.
Palladini Productions is the company behind the successful debut production I’m A Londoner, a play celebrating and exploring London’s diversity. I’m a Londoner first appeared at the Tristan Bates Theatre (a sell-out performance) and then – due to public demand – transferred to Jackson’s Lane Theatre, where it also sold out. It also featured in the Story of London Festival, in conjunction with the London Mayor and is set to feature in the Moore Scoop Festival in 2010.
As a company Palladini Productions is devoted to producing high quality entertainment including theatre, short and features films and shows for TV. The company are now producing their second play 1867 which will feature during this year’s Black History Month, playing at The Brockley Jack Theatre between 27th -31st October 2009.
Writer Theresa is a Bristol based freelance journalist who also works as an actress and dancer. Theresa’s journalism focuses strongly, although not exclusively, on the performing arts. She has contributed many previews and reviews of theatre shows to BBC Bristol over the years. She also writes features about life stories or historical characters for The Bristol Evening Post, her articles have also been featured in magazines. 1867 is Theresa’s first play.
Rodney Victor Williams is a Barbadian born Director/Cinematographer. He is the director of the film “Hold Me” which was featured in the short film corner at the Cannes International Film festival 2009 along with the film “Marcus” which he worked on as Producer. Other credits include “The Peculiar Blues of Melody Peach” as cinematographer. Rodney directed the award winning short “The Runaway Whore” 2009.
‘Filmaka’ review on the Runaway Whore “A true pulp Title… Cool all around production-wise and very suspenseful”. The Film Marcus is currently part of the Official Program for the Black Film Maker ‘s International Film Festival and will also feature in this year’s UK Black History Month. Marcus is a film addressing the issue of knife crime in the UK. Rodney Victor Williams also teaches Digital Film Making at SAE institute London where he studied Film Making on his arrival to the UK. He is the founder of Creative Disorder, a U.K based group of Artist dedicated to producing high quality Urban Films. He also works with Insight Theatre Productions as one of the In-house Directors.
Director Tonny A is a French born performance maker, movement director and writer. He grew up and studied in Paris where he graduated with Honours in History and Politics from La Sorbonne University. In 2004, he successfully launched Sweet & Sour (www.sweetsorsour.wordpress.com), a cross art form Cabaret night, showcasing a variety of work from emerging and established UK-based as well as international artists. His directing credits include In the Shadows of Senghor (The Space), River (Baron’s Court), Au Creux du Désir (Hackney Empire) and last year’s multimedia dance piece, Generation Next (The Pacific Playhouse). Also a performer in his own right, Tonny has presented his solo pieces at Chelsea Theatre, The Cochrane Theatre – as part of GFest 08 – and at the Blue Elephant theatre. Early this year he was invited to appear in Romeo Castellucci’s Inferno at the Barbican Pit Theatre. Tonny recently directed the movement in the critically-acclaimed Pedal Pusher, written and directed by Roland Smith of Theatre Delicatessen. His choreography was described as “beautifully stylised” and “impressive” in a review by Remotegoat.
Dates: 27th – 31st October 2009
Press Night: 27th October 2009 at 7.45pm
Start Time: 7.45 pm (Doors open 7.15pm)
Venue: The Brockley Jack Theatre.
408-410 Brockley Rd
Tickets Prices: £12.00 /£9.00
Box Office: 0844 847 2454 or www.ticketweb.co.uk
PRODUCTION TEAM – ALL ARE AVAILABLE FOR INTERVIEW
Writer: Theresa Roche
Director: R. Victor Williams
Work-shop Tonny A.
Cast: Shakella Dedi, Davina Cole, Caroline King-Gadekah, Regine Mont-Louis, Jennifer Nicholas, Tania Wilks, Victoria Strachan, Sarah Griffin, Nana Nkansah, JD Marsh, Neil Hoskins, Jonathan Taylor and Marcus Adolphy.
Producers: Saima Duhare & Shakella Dedi
Company: Palladini Productions