The Powder Monkey

The Powder Monkey

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Chukwunenye, an African boy of the Igbo people, is the powder monkey born on a slave ship and now 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 this powerful new opera engages with the sensitive history of Britain’s role in the trans-Atlantic slave trade and places the Black male character of the ‘powder monkey’ centre stage of a diverse cast.

This powerful new opera created by Brolly, Rachana Jadhav and Dominic Hingorani and internationally acclaimed composer Errollyn Wallen MBE create a stunning spectacle combining live performance, music and animation that engages with the rich musical heritage of West Africa, South Asia and England that has made modern Britain.

Age Recommendation: 10+

Date & time

Show ended
Thu 31 Oct, 7.30pm
Runtime: 1 hr


Douglas Way, Deptford SE8 4AG London, UK · Get Directions

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