Presented By Jeanefer Jean-Charles

Black Victorians

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

Duration: 20 minutes

Type: Dance, Music, Theatre


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

General release tickets available from Thursday 6 August at 12 noon


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

Details coming soon.

Accessible Toilets

Details coming soon.

Photo route

Coming soon.

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

Show Access


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 will be available online.

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.

An Audio Description about the show will be available online in advance.

BSL interpretation about the show will be available online in advance.

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.


Terms and Conditions

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.

Supported by

Black Victorians is supported by Historic Royal Palaces and Without Walls.

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 assocation with Autograph, London.


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