New play about the Caribbean slave trade to be performed in William Wilberforce’s church as part of Black History Month

New play about the Caribbean slave trade to be performed in William Wilberforce

Young Arts Council-funded theatre company BurntOut Theatre presents ‘Muscovado’ a new play about the British involvement in the trans-Atlantic slave trade, performed in the Clapham church where William Wilberforce began his abolition campaign; written by emerging disabled writer Matilda Ibini (BBC Writersroom10 winner); performed as part of Black History Month 2014.

Set between the Abolition of the Slave Trade Act and the abolition of slavery, ‘Muscovado’ takes place on a sugar plantation in Barbados in 1808 and tells the interconnected stories of the Fairbranch family and their slaves.

"The abolition of the slave trade in 1807 felt like a hollow promise to slaves, as the passing of the act and its intention didn’t have immediate impact. The play explores the tragedy of knowing freedom but never experiencing it”- Writer Matilda Ibini

Following performances at the V&A Museum in June as part of ‘The Other Georgian Story’, ‘Muscovado’ will be staged at Holy Trinity Church, Clapham Common, for 8 performances only from 1-12 October 2014, as part of Black History Month.

“William Wilberforce and The Clapham Sect’s Abolition cause was a campaign that joined up movements and passions in churches, neighbourhoods and the nation. ‘Muscovado’ serves us well in keeping alive a debate about probably one of history’s most callous and wicked crimes.” – Canon David Isherwood, Rector of Clapham

The production will be sewn through with an original score composed by emerging composer for theatre and TV James Reynolds (ITV, BBC, C4), performed live by five choral singers.

Muscovado was commissioned by Clemmie Reynolds following the discovery of family archives from Barbados. It has been developed through Research & Development with slave trade expert Steve Martin, dramaturgical support from ArtsTrust and Farnham Maltings, and scratch performances with the Young Vic Theatre and V&A Museum; Supported with public funding from Arts Council England.
‘An ambitious and interesting project…we absolutely applaud your efforts’ – Adrian Lester and Lolita Chakrabarti, Lesata Productions

Performance dates: Wed 1st, Tues 2nd, Thurs 3rd, Mon 6th (BSL Translated), Tues, 7th, Wed 8th, Thurs 9th, Fri 10th October 2014; all at 7.30pm
Venue: Holy Trinity Church, Clapham Common, SW4 0QZ
Tickets: £5-£10
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Start Date: 01/10/2014
End Date: 10/10/2014
Start Time: 19:30
Venue: Holy Trinity Church
Venue Address: Clapham Common North Side
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