Friday, March 23, 2018 ‘Sancho: An Act of Remembrance’ to be performed at the National Black Theatre April 18 to May 6

Ignatius Sancho: An African Man of Letters

Reyahn King et al.

National Portrait Gallery of the U.K. (1997)

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Sancho: An Act of Remembrance” is a play that chronicles the life of an African man named Charles Ignatius Sancho. Born on a slave ship, Sancho became known as a composer, social satirist and—above all else—an abolitionist. He was regarded as a man of the refinery in English society during the 1700s and, in 1774, he was even the first person of African descent to cast a vote in an English election. Famed artist Thomas Gainsborough painted Sancho, and he was known for his plays, poems, and music. A financially secure householder, Sancho socialized with artists, intellectuals, and constantly challenged the status quo.

The one-man show is a comedic and witty retelling of Sancho’s extraordinary life and how he rose above the issues that faced him such as xenophobia, poverty, and prejudice.

The play is presented by The Classical #Theatre of Harlem and will run from April 18 to May 6, 2018, at The National Black Theatre in New York City and London’s Wilton Music Hall from June 4 -16, 2018.

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