Greenwich Theatre, London
★★★★ Say It Loud
Powered by heart-rending songs of humanity from West Africa, the Caribbean and Southern USA, Nitro staged a dramatic reconstruction of the events surrounding one of the most notorious and significant episodes in the history of the slave trade.
An African Cargo was based on transcriptions from the landmark court case in 1783, heard by Lord Mansfield, concerning the slave ship “Zong” and the terrible fate of 132 Africans who were thrown overboard for the sake of expediency.
Starring the stunning Julie Hewlett as Dido Belle, a black girl being raised by the white Lord Mansfield, Nitro told a story that still resonates today.
The story was later made into the hit film Belle in 2013.
Written by Margaret Busby
Directed by Felix Cross
Musical Direction: Allyson Devenish,
Designed: Nicolai Hart-Hansen
Lighting Design: Nigel Edwards.
Trevor A Toussaint