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Ages 7+

Calendar Icon Event Ended: 12 Mar 2022
Age Rating IconAges 7+
Clock Icon60 minutes

Josephine Baker, the little girl from Missouri who became an original 20th Century icon. Dancer, actor, activist, campaigner, spy and mother to the multicultural Rainbow Tribe, Josephine broke the mould and high-kicked the pieces to the kerb.

But, almost 50 years after her death, Café Josephine, a down-at-heel New York diner dedicated to her memory, faces closure. Nobody remembers Josephine, who she was, what she did, what she stood for. And she just can’t allow that.

With a sultry, Harlem Renaissance-inspired score, Charleston dancing and a hatful of historical figures, Josephine blurs the real with the imagined as we follow one woman’s incredible journey from the slums of St Louis via the bright lights of Paris and into the hearts of the world.

Josephine is presented by The Egg, Wales Millennium Centre and Oxford Playhouse and is is a Holm Theatre production.

For schools’ booking please contact beccy@halfmoon.org.uk


“**** This is a drama with a seriousness of intent and commitment to Baker’s life story…. A toe-tapping show wise to the adage that you cannot enjoy the rhythm and ignore the blues…. The play’s nuanced dialogue about the banana skirt Baker wore in her most famous dance is a testament not just to fine scriptwriting but also to the duo’s regard for how perceptive young audiences are.”

The Guardian

“Restless, glamorous, fabulous all-ages show…. How do we talk to children about race? Taking its inspiration from a half-remembered children’s picture book about the astonishing life, times and achievements of Josephine Baker, this all-ages show takes on the challenge with charm, power and passion.”

The Daily Info

“I took my two daughters to see Josephine yesterday; we were blown away by the quality throughout, the script, production, and acting – congratulations!”

Audience member

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