Autograph presents a pop-up photography display at English Touring Theatre's new production of The Importance of Being Earnest, showcasing studio portraits depicting sitters of African, Caribbean and South Asian descent during the Victorian era in Britain.
The display is part of Black Chronicles – The Missing Chapter, an ongoing curatorial research programme led by Autograph, focused on unearthing nineteenth century photographs of black presences in Britain’s archives. The portraits offer a unique snapshot of black lives and experiences during the decades following the birth of photography in 1839. They portray a diverse range of people living and working in Britain at the time, from politicians to performers to service men and women. Many of these images lay buried deep within the archives for decades, unseen for more than 125 years.
In autumn 2023, Autograph will publish the Black Chronicles – The Missing Chapter book, featuring more than 200 photographic portraits from the 1850s – early 1900s, a majority published in print for the first time.
Oscar Wilde's genius humour meets contemporary culture in a theatrical rollercoaster packed with shade, wit and plenty of gags. This is a classic satire, vibrantly retold about dysfunctional families, class, gender and sexuality.
2021 RTST Sir Peter Hall Director Award-winner, Denzel Westley-Sanderson breathes fresh new life into Wilde’s sharpest and wittiest comedy: The Importance of Being Earnest.
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