Josephine Baker. The little girl from Missouri who became an original 20th Century icon. Dancer, actor, activist, campaigner, spy and mother to the multicultural Rainbow Tribe, Josephine broke the mould and high-kicked the pieces to the kerb.
But, almost 50 years after her death, Café Josephine, a down-at-heel New York diner dedicated to her memory, faces closure. Nobody remembers Josephine, who she was, what she did, what she stood for.
And she just can’t allow that.
With a sultry, Harlem Renaissance-inspired score, spring-heeled Charleston dancing and a hatful of historical figures, Josephine blurs the real with the imagined as we follow one woman’s incredible journey from the slums of St Louis via the bright lights of Paris and into the hearts of the world.
By Leona Allen and Jessie Briton
“A brilliantly physical performance”
Josephine comes with free online school access to an innovative and unique Learning Portal, providing a kaleidoscopic insight into Josephine’s life.
Adults & Children from £10
Concessions from £10 (65+ and those in receipt of unemployment benefit)
Schools from £10
Babe in arms: £1 (children under 12 months)
Access tickets can be booked over the phone or via email for all performances. If you want to find out more or inform us of any particular needs, then just get in touch. We’re happy to help.
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Age Suggestion - 8+
Polka Theatre creates a range of productions to be enjoyed by children from 0-12 years. Whilst all children may attend our productions, we feel that this story is best suited to the suggested audience. This may be due to the themes or presentation style. We encourage you to consider this when booking tickets.
Directed by Jesse Briton
Designed by Debbie Duru
Composer & Musical Director - Nadine Lee
Composer - Simon Lee
Movement Director & Choreographer - Ingrid Mackinnon
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