A drama performance delivered by two professional actors illustrating the relationship between Christian Frederick Cole, the first Black scholar at the University of Oxford, and Joseph Renner Maxwell, both Sierra Leone students at the University of Oxford, 1876.


Maxwell has his image captured professionally; Cole depicted only as a caricature. The piece will depict a fictionalized meeting demonstrating their intense conflict, rivalry and spirited exchanges, interweaving the themes and issues of heritage, identity, class, social mobility, colourism, belonging and acceptance and the outsider within the establishment.


The exploration of what Cole experienced as a Black scholar has resonance for our times and the challenges felt by those labelled and perceived as different.


How would YOU re-imagine Cole will enable the audience to come away with a new appreciation of, and ability to challenge and question identity and its relevance to today’s contemporary society.


The Northern School of Art, Hartlepool, Monday 14th October 7.00 pm - 9.30 pm.


The Africa Centre, London, Tuesday 22nd October,  7.00 - 9.30 pm


M Shed, Bristol,  Friday 25th October,

7.00 pm - 9.30 pm.




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