Presented By Jeanefer Jean-Charles

Black Victorians

City of London, 31 August - 2 September | ‎Woolwich, 10 & 11 September

Duration: 40 minutes

What to expect: Dance, Music, Theatre


This powerful and moving dance performance by Artistic Director and Choreographer Jeanefer Jean-Charles is inspired by nineteenth century studio photographs of black men, women and children. Exploring a complex, but often forgotten black presence in pre-Windrush Britain, this performance calls attention to previously hidden figures and challenges historical and contemporary perceptions.

Presented in the resonant location of the Guildhall Yard, against the backdrop of London’s historic Guildhall, performances of Black Victorians will be accompanied by an outdoor exhibition and presented as part of the City of London Corporation Outdoor Arts Programme, A Thing of Beauty.

Originally previewed at GDIF 2020, this full production of Black Victorians will return to St George’s Garrison Church in Woolwich on 10 and 11 September.


Site Access

Coming soon. 

Show Access

Access content will be available online via your mobile phone. Please bring a charging pack if you are concerned about battery use.


  • Wheelchair Accessible
  • Assistance Dogs Welcome
  • BSL Interpreted
  • Audio Described (Digital)

Digital Audio Description available for all shows.

A BSL Interpreted show will take place on Tuesday 31 August at 6pm.


Large-print and Easy Read versions of the festival brochure will be available to download in advance or to pick up on the day.

An Audio brochure and BSL interpreted brochure are coming soon.

BSL interpreted description and Audio Description about the show coming soon.

Where to find it

Black Victorians will be performed at:

Guildhall Yard, City of London | 31 August – 2 September, 1 & 6pm 

St George’s Garrison Church, Woolwich | 10 & 11 September, 2 & 6pm

St George’s Garrison Church, Woolwich is on the A205 South Circular – Grand Depot Road in Woolwich, South East London (SE18). Please note: the postcode on some maps SE18 6XJ is not quite right; the location is not on Mill Lane, but between the A205 and Woolwich New Road.

Guildhall Yard, City of London

31 August - 2 September

St George's Garrison Church, Woolwich

10 & 11 September

Conditions of Entry: St George’s Garrison Church

For the preservation of this historic building and enjoyment of all, the following Conditions apply to this event. We will all avoid: unlawful possession or behaviour, smoking, damage to St. George’s, nuisance or annoyance to other persons present or nearby, Hazardous Material or environmental damage, bbq (authorised caterer apart), open fires or pyrotechnics, act inconsistent with St.George’s consecrated status, unauthorised sale or supply of food drink or merchandise.

Visit for more information about this wonderful historic venue.

About the company

A globally respected Creative Artist and Producer who has worked in over 21 countries, and whose accomplishments includes work on the London 2012 Olympics ceremonies.

Jeanefer Jean-Charles & Associates are industry leaders in developing, directing and delivering creative responses for large-scale events and offer ambitious, with innovative and empowering responses.

Designer: Marsha Roddy, Producer: Alison Holder, Composer: Danilo DJ Walde, Poet: Anthony Anaxagorou, Rehearsal Director: Annie-Lunnette Deakin-Foster, Writer: Hassan Mahamdallie Creative Consultant: Martha Stylianou, Stage Manager: Cynthia Franklin.

Creative Dance Artists: Melissa Bravo,Dani Harris-Walter, Oluwaseun Olayiwola, Nosiphiwo Samente, Duja Sinada.

Supported by

Black Victorians is produced and co-commissioned by FESTIVAL.ORG, Brighton Festival, Hatfair and Without Walls and is currently touring across the UK.

Black Victorians is inspired by Black Chronicles – The Missing Chapter, an ongoing archive research programme led by Autograph focused on unearthing nineteenth century photographs of black presences in Britain.


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