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African Snow archiveAfrican Snow tells the story of the meeting of two men - cast from opposite sides into the hell of the slave trade. An African, Olaudah Equiano, seized from his home in West Africa and an English sailor, John Newton. Both survived to write remarkable accounts of their experiences and both were urged by Yorkshire MP William Wilberforce to testify before parliament in the eighteenth century campaign for abolition. Together, Equiano and Newton seem to Wilberforce to provide the most cogent argument in winning the political battle. Bringing them face to face, however, is perhaps beyond the scope of human reason. Can victim and abuser ever be reconciled? African Snow takes us to the heart of the human condition, to the place where two men are compelled to confront each other. 25 March 2007 marks the bicentenary of the Act, passed in the House of Commons, abolishing the Trade in African Slaves. African Snow website.

Author Murray Watts.

Archive listings for African Snow

Work type: Play.


Producer York Theatre Royal. Company Riding Lights Theatre Company. Director Paul Burbridge. Design Sean Cavanagh. Music Ben Okafor. Lighting Ben Cracknell. Performer Israel Oyelumade. Performer Roger Alborough. Performer Mensah Bediako. Performer Emmanuella Cole. Performer Antonia Kemi Coker. Performer Chris Jack. Performer Rex Obano. Performer Kenny Thompson.
6 Jul 07 to 7 Jul 07Theatre Royal, York :: V954
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26 Jun 07 to 30 Jun 07Tameside Hippodrome, Ashton-under-Lyne :: V478
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19 Jun 07 to 23 Jun 07Brighton Dome, Brighton :: V655
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12 Jun 07 to 16 Jun 07Redgrave Theatre, Bristol :: V858
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4 Jun 07 to 9 Jun 07Hull New Theatre, Hull :: V934
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29 May 07 to 2 Jun 07Hackney Empire, Outer London :: V309
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24 May 07 to 25 May 07Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham :: V140
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22 May 07 to 23 May 07Theatr Clwyd, Mold :: V810
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24 Apr 07 to 5 May 07Trafalgar Studios, West End :: V420
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30 Mar 07 to 21 Apr 07Theatre Royal, York :: V954
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