Cost: £775 for 2 shows in one day
Key stage 2 & 3
60 mins
Setup Time:
1.5 hours
Tue 8 - Thu 10 Feb 2022

A vibrantly stylish performance about Josephine Baker, the girl from Missouri who became an original 20th Century icon.

Be captivated by the toe tapping dance and irresistible rhythms. Be gripped by the true story and emotions.

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.

"A toe-tapping show wise to the adage that you cannot enjoy the rhythm and ignore the blues" Guardian, November 2021.

Watch the show trailer here

School Information

Required performance space: 5m x 5m

Josephine comes with free online schools access to an innovative and unique Learning Portal.
Watch the video

It aims to enrich the experience of the show for schoolchildren, support creativity within the curriculum and explore different curriculum-related opportunities for interacting with theatre.

The portal is a teacher-led, digital, choose-your-own path experience, that will allow classes to digitally explore and journey through the worlds of the play, supporting learning within the KS2 and KS3 curricula. In total, there are more than 26 different scenes, films, activities, interviews and experiences embedded within the digital experience which can be travelled through and around at the leisure of each participating school in a personalised viewer journey.

Key Themes / Values

black women in history, identity, choices, witnesses

To Book

Email or call 0116 261 6893

Discounts available for members of The City Classroom, contact us for details.