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Sancho: An Act of Remembrance

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Part of the 2015 Next Wave Festival, this one-man show features Royal Shakespeare Company actor Paterson Joseph as he explores the life of Charles “Sancho” Ignatius, the first British-African to cast a vote.

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He was born on a slave ship but never a slave, was immortalized by the great English painter Thomas Gainsborough, and in 1774 became the first British-African to cast a vote. In the New York premiere of this revealing, funny one-man show, celebrated Royal Shakespeare Company actor Paterson Joseph inhabits the curious, daringly determined life of Charles “Sancho” Ignatius—composer, social satirist, general man of refinement—while casting new light on the often misunderstood narratives of African-British experience.

 

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"The play bears the marks of Mr. Joseph’s research, and he has clearly absorbed the style of Sancho’s writing, though he takes care to make it playable...What’s here is much more episodic than dramatic...The few moments of action feel contrived...Yet if the monologue Mr. Joseph has written isn’t quite the costume drama he intended, he has created a detailed portrait of a man who was an interested witness to the events of his day and who helped to shape them." Full Review

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