2012 REVIVAL: Black Heroes in the Hall of Fame
IN ADDITION to producing the much-hyped Olympic Games, 2012 will also be the year that sees the return of the play Black Heroes in the Hall of Fame.
Originally staged in London in August 1987, the popular production created by writer Flip Fraser is set to return to the UK stage next year, to mark its 25th anniversary.
Celebrating well-known heroes including Bob Marley, Nelson Mandela and Marcus Garvey – the play was originally staged to mark what would have been Garvey’s 100th birthday – Black Heroes also celebrates lesser-known figures in the worlds of science, politics and law.
Following its debut at the Shaw Theatre, a wave of sustained runs at east London’s Hackney Empire followed, before the show broke new ground by running in London’s West End at the Astoria Theatre.
A short tour of the UK in 1989 introduced the musical to new generations of theatre goers, and went on to be the launching pad for highly successful overseas tours to Jamaica in 1990, followed by tours of the USA between 1992 and 1994.
To commemorate the production’s 25th anniversary, the Black Heroes Foundation will be established. Developed in partnership with British organisation SABA, the foundation will aim to initiate and deliver innovative community arts programmes and ‘edutainment projects’ that will engage the talents and participation of the community, particularly disadvantaged and excluded youths.
SABA’s managing director John Downie said: “We are proud to support and partner with the Black Heroes Foundation to achieve their objective and fulfilling their vision of unearthing and developing new talent from our communities.”