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Paterson Joseph as Ignatius Sancho

Monday / December 14, 2015 / 8 p.m.

Sancho: An Act of Remembrance
Written and performed by Paterson Joseph
Produced in association with the Oxford Playhouse
Co-directed by Simon Godwin
Music by Ben Park

Born on a slave ship in 1729, later the first black person of African origin to vote in Britain and a man of letters, Charles Ignatius Sancho (1729-1780) led a life full of surprising, moving, and comical events. On the day Thomas Gainsborough paints his famous portrait, we discover the forgotten but true story of a black man who voiced his political opinion with wit and charm, and who dared to become a writer, a musician, a composer, and, alongside his friend David Garrick, an actor. A tour de force written and performed by Paterson Joseph—currently featured in HBO’s The LeftoversSancho is the compelling tale of a man who achieved the distinction of being both wholly African and wholly British.

The work previews here at Lafayette in advance of its NYC debut at the Brooklyn Academy of Music (Dec. 16 – 20).

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Monday / December 7, 2015 / 12 noon

Williams Center for the Arts, Room 108

PATERSON JOSEPH on his career and the making of Sancho

A noontime talk with actor Paterson Joseph on the inspiration, research and writing of Sancho: An Act of Remembrance.  This one-man historical play about the life of Charles Ignatius Sancho, the first Black Briton to vote and the subject of a Thomas Gainsborough portrait.

Patterson Joseph is a leading British actor. He has worked regularly at the National Theatre in London (WhaleSaint Joan, Royal Hunt for the Sun, The Emperor Jones, Elmina’s Kitchen) the RSC (Julius Caesar, seen at BAM in 2013; and Don Juan, Troilus and Cressida, Love’s Labours Lost, King Lear, The Pretenders) as well as the Royal Exchange, the Gate, Almeida and Young Vic Theatres. His television roles include featured characters in the BBC’s “The Hollow Crown” (PBS) “The Leftovers” (HBO) and in Danny Boyle’s “Babylon”. Paterson is a season regular in “Law and Order UK” and “Peep Show”, he has also appeared in “Doctor Who”, “Hustle” and “No.1 Ladies Detective Agency” (all BBC). In 2015 Paterson has been seen co-starring with Christopher Ecclestone in “Safe House”, a major four-part drama for ITV and is appearing on Sky and NBC this autumn in “You, Me and the Apocalypse”. Sancho marks Paterson’s first play as a writer.

The lecture is free and open to the public.