Presented By Jeanefer Jean-Charles

Black Victorians

Sat 29 – Sun 30 August | 2pm, 3.30pm, 5pm

Duration: 20 minutes

Type: Dance, Music, Theatre

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Tickets: Free

This 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 ruined Victorian St George’s Garrison Church, this is an opportunity to experience history as told through choreography.

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Site Access

There is level access to the performance location. Ramps will be in place and trackway provided for grassy areas.

Viewing area

A priority area for disabled audiences will be marked with a sign or flag. Space for wheelchair users, and a variety of seating options will be available. GDIF volunteers will offer directions.

Blue badge parking

Powis Street, Woolwich.

Accessible Toilets

Vincent Road, Beresford Square.

Photo route

A photo route to St George’s Garrison Church can be found here.

Contact Alex if you have any Access questions: | 07899 893 935

Show Access

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


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 can be found here.

Accessibility: Wheelchair accessible | Digital Access Available | BSL interpreted | Captioned Performance

What to expect: Family Friendly

Content & Trigger Warnings: This piece addresses hidden histories of Britain that some audience members may find thought provoking.

BSL interpreted description and Audio Description about the show can be found here.

BSL and captioning will be provided on Sunday only. Sunday performances will be captioned using the ‘Difference Engine’. Please download the App before arriving.

Text is interwoven into the piece, but not integral to the understanding. A large print copy of the poem will be available on request.

Where to find it

Black Victorians will be performed in St George’s Garrison Church, Woolwich.

St George’s is on the A205 South Circular – Grand Depot Road in Woolwich, South East London (SE18)

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.


Conditions of Entry

For the preservation of this historic building (St George’s Garrison Church) 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.

Artistic Director and Choreographer: Jeanefer Jean-Charles
Designer: Marsha Roddy
Creative Consultant: Martha Stylianou
Composer: DJ Walde
Poet and Writer: Anthony Anaxagorou
Assistant Production Manager: Viviana Rocha
Producer: Alison Holder
GDIF Producer: Greenwich+Docklands International Festival
Dancers: Kloé Dean, Cherilyn Albert, Bafana Solomon Matea and Rhys Dennis

Thank you to Pearl Jordan, Máire Clerkin and Vicki Igbokwe for their time and support and thank you to English Touring Theatre for the generosity in providing space.

We would like to acknowledge and thank Historic Royal Palaces for their financial support during the first two stages of research and development in 2019.

This piece was inspired by Black Chronicle II, curated by  Renée Mussai at the Autograph Gallery, London.

Supported by

Black Victorians is supported by Historic Royal Palaces and R&D investment through Without Walls Blueprint. With thanks to the St George’s Garrison Church Trust. 

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. Black Victorians is accompanied by a display of the Black Chronicles’ Exhibition In A Box presented in association with Autograph, London.

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