1867 is a moving new play inspired by the story of Madam CJ Walker, who was the first self made, African American female millionaire. 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, race 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 Delilah McAndrew agents.
Cast: Shakella Dedi, Davina Cole, Caroline King-Gadekah, Regine Mont-Louis, Jennifer Nichols, Tania Wilks, Karlina Grace, Victoria Strachan, Sarah Griffin, Nana Nkansah, JD Marsh, Neil Hoskins, and Jonathan Taylor.
Writer: Theresa Roche
Director: Rodney Williams
1867 is at the Brockley Jack from 27 – 31 October, 2009 at 7.45pm.
Address: The Brockley Jack Theatre, 408-410 Brockley Rd, London SE4 2DH
Box Office: 0844 847 2454
ATN Review of 1867