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Frozen, directed by Jenny Runacre is a dark tale of two very opposing worlds colliding.

The affect two total strangers can have on each other when events spiral out of control, when people are thrown together one night by chance.

Contains bad language and some scenes unsuitable for younger listeners.

Starring: Jack Bowman and Josephine Hart

Jack Bowman
Josephine Arden

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Written by: Gareth Parker, Edited by: Morgann Runacre Temple

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BLACK SPARTACUS, Episode 4

4 Part Series

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Black Spartacus - Episode Four

In Episode four of Black Spartacus, as Toussaint’s alliance with the French goes from strength to strength the resentment of the mixed race Mulattoes reaches boiling point. Was their leader, Rigaud, behind the conspiracy to assassinate Toussaint?

After General Laveaux, names Toussaint his Commander-in-Chief, a river has been crossed over which there can be no return. When Dessalines discovers a secret plan for a Mulattoe State, can a bloodthirsty struggle to the death between blacks and Mulattoes be averted?

Soon Toussaint, and his increasingly restless generals Dessalines and Christophe, must face an even bigger threat in the form of an invasion from France’s new leader, Emperor Napoleon, sworn to throwing these “gilded Africans” back into bondage. While storm clouds gather across the Atlantic Marie must take refuge in a cave and undergo the rituals to become a Voudou priestess.

Will the Voudou god, Damballa, finally reveal himself to her so she can take her rightful place as a bold spiritual leader in the struggle ahead?

Starring : Judy Hepburn, Lavern Archer, Geoffrey Burton, Willie Jonah, Allister Bain, Robert Maskell, Bhasker Patel, Ewart James Walters, Joe Charles, Olive Miller, Anthony Maddalena

Ben Onwukwe
Lavern Archer

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Written By: Anthony Maddalena,  Sound Effects: Adrian Leibowitz, Sound Engineer: Freddie Cox (Art 19 Studios) Produced by Thee Black Swan Theatre and Opera Company theeblackswan.co.uk

With thanks to Kay Johnson, Alan Guy, Vivien Guy, Joe Marcell (Board of Thee Black Swan Theatre and Opera Company) and Lucia Hinton and Halo Jones of Art 19 Studios

Music used in Black Spartacus: 1] Signature tune Dame Marie Selphia “Sesenne” Descartes, National Cultural Hero of St. Lucia. Running Time : 43 Minutes

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BLACK SPARTACUS, Episode 3

4 Part Series

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With thanks to Kay Johnson, Alan Guy, Vivien Guy, Joe Marcell (Board of Thee Black Swan Theatre and Opera Company) and Lucia Hinton and Halo Jones of Art 19 Studios

Black Spartacus - Episode Three

In Episode Three of Black Spartacus as the Slave Uprising consumes the Caribbean colony of St.Domingue, redefining the terms “master” and “slave”, Toussaint L’Ouverture and his rebel army , now encamped in the hills, desperately need supplies to sustain them.

Having joined the rebels, Marie is tormented by the spirits of the dead in her sleep. Could this be a sign that her powers are maturing and she will soon be ready to take her place as a Voudou priestess?  Mambo Cecile thinks so! Enthralled by an impressive young officer, Dessalines, who takes her under his wing, she is increasingly smitten.  But with his enigmatic moods and tortured soul will love between them manage to find a way?

Soon much needed support for Toussaint and his tattered rebel army comes in the form of an offer of an alliance from General Laveaux, leader of the French Army in the Colony.  Should Toussaint accept the alliance, or should he commit himself to fighting to the death with the nation that once dared to call him and his people “slaves”? 

Starring: Joe Charles, Judy Hepburn, Lavern Archer, Willie Jonah, Geoffrey Burton, Ewart James Walters, Robert Maskell, Alan Guy

Ben Onwukwe
Lavern Archer

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Written By : Anthony Maddalena, Directed By : Joe Charles, Sound Effects: Adrian Leibowitz, Sound Engineer: Freddie Cox (Art 19 Studios)

Music used in Black Spartacus:

1] Signature tune

Dame Marie Selphia “Sesenne” Descartes, National Cultural Hero of St. Lucia.

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BLACK SPARTACUS, Episode 2

6 Part Series

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Don't miss EPISODE 3

With thanks to Kay Johnson, Alan Guy, Vivien Guy, Joe Marcell (Board of Thee Black Swan Theatre and Opera Company) and Lucia Hinton and Halo Jones of Art 19 Studios Produced by Thee Black Swan Theatre and Opera Company theeblackswan.co.uk

Black Spartacus - Episode Two

In Episode Two of Black Spartacus Toussaint L’Ouverture must choose between staging an uprising on behalf of the Royalist Planters, led by the sinister Count of Charlevoix , against the revolutionaries from Paris , in return for abolition of the whip on all plantations, or launching a full scale slave uprising. One stark question remains. Can the Count, among the cruelest of all planters in the Colony, be trusted?

As a growing air of intrigue and conspiracy gathers pace on the Breda Plantation, Marie, unsettled by all the secret talk of an uprising is caught spying on the plotting slaves. Can she balance her loyalty to her mistress with the rising call to freedom by her fellow slaves? As events unfold beyond anyone’s control how much longer can she go on ignoring the charismatic visionary Boukman’s prophecy that liberty is at hand for all slaves?

Once Boukman gives the signal at a Voudou ritual to appease the spirits of war an irrevocable gulf will soon open between “slaves” and “masters” and the time for choosing will be over… 

Starring: Lavern Archer , Judy Hepburn, Ben Onwukwe, Willie Jonah, Bob Phillips, Bhasker Patel, Olive Miller, Allister Bain,Claire Jeater, Robert Maskell, Darien Charles, Geoffrey Burton, Ewart James Walters

Lavern Archer
Ben Onwukwe

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Written By: Anthony Maddelena, Directed By: Joe Charles,  Sound Effects: Adrian Leibowitz, Sound Engineer: Freddie Cox (Art 19 Studios)

Music used in Black Spartacus: Signature tune - Dame Marie Selphia “Sesenne” Descartes, National Cultural Hero of St. Lucia.  Running Time : 33 Minutes

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BLACK SPARTACUS, Episode One

4 Part Series

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With thanks to Kay Johnson, Alan Guy, Vivien Guy, Joe Marcell (Board of Thee Black Swan Theatre and Opera Company) and Lucia Hinton and Halo Jones of Art 19 Studios Produced by Thee Black Swan Theatre and Opera Company theeblackswan.co.uk

Black Spartacus - Episode One

In episode one of Black Spartacus not everything is as it is appears on the seemingly tranquil Breda Plantation in the French Caribbean colony of St. Domingue (Haiti).

It is 1791 and strange rumours of liberty and the equality of all men have begun to reach the ears of the slaves toiling on the land courtesy of the bloody revolution convulsing the colonial motherland of France. Is it possible that the principles of liberty, brotherhood and equality could apply to a nation of brutalised black slaves? The white masters think not, but one man, Toussaint L’Ouverture, an ex-slave himself, has other ideas. Trusted by all factions in the colony, whites, blacks, and the increasingly powerful mixed race “Mulattoes” Toussaint sets about exploiting the divisions between the Royalist planters and the Revolutionaries from France to create an opening out of which true equality for the slaves may come.

It has often been said that men do not make history but history makes men. What better example can there be than the story of Toussaint L’Ouverture an illiterate ex-slave , without training, who had no choice but to find greatness as a leader to rescue his people from a dark chapter of history? In this he is assisted by the fearless meddling Voudou Priestess, Mambo Cecile, and by a young faithful house slave, Marie, poised to undergo an extraordinary transformation from a timid servant to a woman who for the first time dares to dream of freedom and beyond…

EPISODE TWO

Starring: Judy Hepburn, Lavern Archer, Ben Onwukwe, Claire Jeater, Willie Jonah, Robert Maskell, Olive Miller, Darien Charles, Alan Guy, Bob Phillips, Allister Bain (RIGAUD), Bhasker Patel (BEAUVAIS) 

Ben Onwukwe
Lavern Archer

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Written By : Anthony Maddelena, Edited By : Freddie Cox (Art 19 Studios), Directed By: Joe Charles,  Sound Effects: Adrian Leibowitz,  Sound Engineer: Freddie Cox (Art 19 Studios)

Music used in Black Spartacus: 

1] Signature Tune Dame Marie Selphia “Sesenne” Descartes, National Cultural Hero of St. Lucia. 

2] Vodou Liturgy: Selections from Rhythms of Rapture: Sacred Musics of Haitian Vodou, issued by Smithsonian Folkways, compiled by Dr. Elizabeth McAlister: (a) Azouke Legba (Dans Kanari) (b) Kadja Kadja Nou Tande (Grennadye Rhythm) 

3] French fiddle tune: En passant par la Lorraine, Auprès de ma blonde and Malbrough s'en va-t-en guerre Sourced from Fiddle Tunes of the Lewis & Clark Era performed by The New Caledonia Fiddlers issued by Voyager Records in 2002 

4] Joseph de Bologne, Le Chevalier de Saint-George (1745-1799) The Complete Symphonies Concertantes, Pilsen Philharmonic Orchestra Track 7: Rondeau (Joseph de Bologne, Le Chevalier de Saint-George An Afro-French Composer, Violinist & Conductor from Guadeloupe and France's Best Fencer & Colonel of Black Legion.) Running Time : 38 Mins

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