The Powder Monkey

Brolly Production’s new opera with internationally acclaimed composer Errollyn Wallen in partnership with the Opera North and National Maritime Museum.

From Brolly Production’s website-

“Chukwunenye, an African Igbo boy, is the powder monkey born on a slave ship and one voyage away from buying his freedom. As the slave ship nears port on the ‘middle’ passage there is an uprising by the enslaved and he must choose which side he will take; his people or his freedom?

Set on board a slave ship in 1788 the opera places the Black male character of the ‘powder monkey’ centre stage of a diverse cast and integrates live performance, music and animation. The Powder Monkey opens the borders of the opera form by drawing on the traditional music of West Africa, the Indian subcontinent, the folk forms of North of England and maritime creole work songs to reflect the diverse and often hidden histories that have made contemporary Britain.”

Below are the performances and click here for tickets.

OCT 29 Din in THE POWER MONEY – 1 PM CHATHAM HISTORIC DOCKYARD, Kent

OCT 29 Din in THE POWER MONEY – 7 PM CHATHAM HISTORIC DOCKYARD, Kent

​OCT 31 Din in THE POWER MONEY – 7:30 PM THE ALBANY Arts Centre, Deptford

NOV 1 Din in THE POWER MONEY – 7 PM NEWHAM’S BLACK HISTORY FESTIVAL

NOV 5 Din in THE POWER MONEY – 7 PM The Great Map, THE NATIONAL MARITIME MUSEUM, Greenwich

 

 

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