Freedom, London 1955: A Story of Modern Africa Written and Acted by Africans, or Perhaps Not

  • James Gibbs


In 1955, a group of actors from different parts of Africa put on a play entitled Freedom in London. Although promoted as an all-African production, this play was deeply informed and supported by Moral Re-Armament (MRA) and its values. This chapter looks at the forces that explain this extraordinary production history, investigating both the London performance and the subsequent tour. The thrust of my argument is that, despite being, in a sense, ‘by Africans’, Freedom projected the views of those who made the production possible—MRA—and was in fact an example of the way in which the stage image of Africa was misleading even when African playwrights and a cast of African actors were involved.


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  • James Gibbs
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  1. 1.University of West of EnglandBristolUK

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