Abolition – An evening with Gabriel Gbadamosi followed by Q&A
7th March 2024 at 7:00pm
Gabriel Gbadamosi’s play Abolition unfolds a dark, inglorious undercurrent of ‘Enlightenment’ Britain. Arresting and deeply troubling, Abolition gives us the voices of people caught up in the original sin of slavery and fighting to survive it, profit from it, ignore it, or end it. Underpinned by impeccable research and uncanny fidelity to the language of its time, the play depicts a society both conflicted and very comfortable with the trade in African bodies.
Gabriel Gbadamosi is an Irish and Nigerian poet, playwright, and critic. His London novel Vauxhall won the Tibor Jones Pageturner Prize and Best International Novel at the Sharjah Book Fair. He was AHRC Creative and Performing Arts Fellow at the Pinter Centre, Goldsmiths, in European and African performance; a Judith E. Wilson Fellow for creative writing at Cambridge University; and Writer in Residence at the Manchester Royal Exchange. His plays include Stop and Search, Hotel Orpheu and the radio play The Long, Hot Summer of ’76 which won the first Richard Imison Award. He presented BBC Radio 3’s flagship arts and ideas programme Night Waves and is the founding editor of Writers Mosaic.
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