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18 - 20 Feb
"1867 - Me Wants the Moon"
By Theresa Roche
Directed by Saima Duhare

“1867 is an engrossing play inspired by the life of Madam CJ Walker...truly captivating...a real success...an excellent choice for celebrating black history.” Afridiziak Theatre News

A new play inspired by the legendary true life story of Madam C J Walker, America's First Self-Made Black Millionaires

Following its sell out debut performance during Black History Month in 2009 this enthralling show now returns, hosted by RichMix - London's vibrant up and coming cultural centre.

Palladini Productions are delighted that this popular play is being showcased as part of RichMix's Retrospective 2010 season; inviting the audience to look back into the past and learn from our history. Madam Walker's life is the perfect choice for this theme and 1867 is a celebration of her life told through the character of Delilah MacAndrew, a courageous yet at times stubborn woman, who, at times, you both admire and dislike.

Born after the end of the American Civil War Delilah was the first member of her family of former slaves to be born free. By the age of 7 Delilah found herself a penniless and illiterate orphan. She starts her working life as a laundry maid and at the age of 14 marries a violent drunkard. Following a divorce she then marries a decent man only to have her dreams of happiness shattered when he is cruelly murdered by the Ku Klux Klan; leaving her a widow at the age of 20 with a baby daughter in her arms.

1867 tells the moving story of how she triumphs over adversity, battles against racial prejudice, breaks the gender boundaries of the late 19th century and sets up her own phenomenally successful hair products and skin cream business especially designed for African-American women. By the time of her death in 1919 she had built the largest black owned manufacturing company in the world with over 15,000 employees. Tough, shrewd and tenacious, Delilah never forgets her long hard journey to wealth and she became a great philanthropist whose influence will reach to The White House itself.

Playwright, Theresa Roche, says:

"RichMix is widely being hailed as the ‘new Barbican’ so I am delighted that this play is being performed in a venue that is becoming a world cultural centre for excellence across a broad spectrum of the arts; a place that invites the audience to explore and sample different cultures. This is so appropriate for the play which itself is the result of a diverse artistic collaboration between an Asian production company, a white playwright and a predominantly black cast".

1867 is directed by Bollywood actress, Saima Duhare who is also the founder of Palladini Productions, a company devoted to producing high quality entertainment across the fields of theatre, short and feature films and television shows. The company has enjoyed great success in 2009 both with 1867 and with I'm a Londoner, a show that featured in The Story of London Festival in conjunction with the Lord Mayor of London and is scheduled to feature in The Moore Scoop Festival in 2010.

Time: 7.30pm
Address: Rich Mix, 35-47 Bethnal Green Road London E1 6LA
Info: www.richmix.org.uk

Related links
ATN review of 1867 at The Brockley Jack
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