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African Tudor historian raising funds for new Othello play

Historian and writer Onyeka

A HISTORIAN well-known for his groundbreaking book about Africans living in the Tudor period, is crowd-funding to raise money to launch a new play.

Young Othello is a new play written by the historian Onyeka, author of Blackamoores: Africans in Tudor England, their Presence, Status and Origins.

Inspired by the characters in William Shakespeare’s renowned Othello: The Moor of Venice, Young Othello explores the early years of a character that is shrouded in mystery and misperception.

This pivotal research into the presence and status of African people in Tudor England challenges ideas about race and identity in the 15th-16th centuries, and more poignantly in modern Britain as we face an uncertain political climate.

Narrative Eye, a publishing company and history organisation, will be launching Young Othello this year with a dramatic read-through in London. Narrative Eye have set up a GoFundMe crowd-funding campaign to raise funds towards this launch.

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Tanya, events coordinator at Narrative Eye, described the play as “an essential piece of modern literature".

She added: "Young Othello and Blackamoores: Africans in Tudor England readdress the narrative that we have heard for so long that African people did not contribute to the development of modern England. This research proves how important the African experience was and we hope that people will donate generously to bring this story to life.”

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