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Josephine and I

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Cush Jumbo

Published by Methuen

0 Male 1 Female

One-woman show about Josephine Baker - captivating performer, political activist and international icon, who lived from 1906 to 1975

From the ragtime rhythms of St Louis and the intoxicating sounds of 1920s Paris, to present-day London, Josephine and I intertwines the story of a modern-day girl with that of one of the greatest, yet largely forgotten, stars of the twentieth century

Cush Jumbo's debut play centres on the legendary American entertainer and her impact on a contemporary young woman

Music combines with dance to bring to life the contemporary legacy of a woman Ernest Hemingway described as " ... the most sensational woman anyone ever saw, and ever will"

Reviews

"Ingenious ... a sparkling show with a light touch and a big reach" Sarah Hemming, Financial Times

"An exploration of the difference a black woman can make - now as well as then - and, incidentally, a celebration of the power of theatre to tell the human story ... sensational ... Shocks, surprises and political points are deftly popped in among the laughter and the glitz" ~ Heather Neill, The Stage

"An exhilarating whizz through the star's life ... From the ingenious trickery of its opening scene ... to its half-triumphant, half-elegiac ending, Cush Jumbo's solo show, based on the life of Josephine Baker, effervesces with energy and charm ... by turns funny, touching and thought-provoking" ~ Jane Shilling, Telegraph

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