Josephine Baker a captivating performer, political activist and international icon, who lived from 1906 to 1975, is brought vividly back to life in this startling debut play from Cush Jumbo. From the ragtime rhythms of St Louis and the intoxicating sounds of 1920s Paris, to present-day London, Josephine and I intertwines the story of a modern-day girl with that of one of the greatest, yet largely forgotten, stars of the twentieth century.
Of the play, the Sunday Times wrote: ‘a short show that, in the best possible sense, leaves you longing for more: more knowledge of its fascinating muse, Josephine Baker; more great parts for its jaw-droppingly talented author and star, Cush Jumbo. but also more time to discuss afterwards the serious points it raises about race and gender, today and in Baker's lifetime . . . a brave, exhilarating 100 minutes that redefine Josephine as less flapper, more rights-fighter, and pose important questions about her legacy.'
Josephine and I centres on the legendary American entertainer and her impact on a contemporary young woman.
In the original production, live music combined with dance to bring to life the contemporary legacy of a woman Ernest Hemingway described as "the most sensational woman anyone ever saw, and ever will." It premiered at The Bush Theatre, London on 12 July 2013.