Production Profiles: Joseph Charles Director of Black Spartacus


In the first of a series of production profiles we take a look at the Director of the play Black Spartacus, Joseph Charles.

Joseph has been a professional theatre director and actor for forty years. His long experience includes working as an actor at the Royal Shakespeare Company. He Played “Jesus” in The Mystery plays at Lincoln Cathedral. Which he describes as one of his most enjoyable and challenging roles.

He has acted in both television and film roles. This includes making appearances in a wide number of situational comedies and TV dramas including “The Sweeney”, “The Professionals”, “Family Affair”, “East Enders”, “Casualty”, “Jesus of Nazereth” and “Yanks”.

As a director his journey has mirrored his acting career, working in many repertory theatres, and directing a wide variety of plays, from classics through to modern.

Due to Joseph’s pioneering efforts a new “Roots Theatre” style of acting evolved at The Brixton Village. Joseph directed Jamaican Roots plays for Roots Theatre and Blue Mountain Theatre Company spanning twenty years.

He founded Thee Black Swan Theatre and Opera Company dedicated to providing a platform for classically trained singers and actors from a diverse range of cultural backgrounds. He directed and produced a critically acclaimed all-black version of Purcell’s “Dido and Aeneas” at the Tricycle Theatre, in Kilburn London. Black Concert at The Wimbledon Theatre quickly followed.

Joseph went on to direct a four part mini-series called Black Spartacus which is Thee Black Swan’s audio play and production that aired on The Wireless Theatre Company.

Joseph has produced and directed a series of projects and plays for Thee Black Swan, which includes two plays by the writer Allister Bain at the award winning, Rosemary Branch Theatre and an Arts Council funded opera project, “Troubled Island” by William Grant Still (a video about this production can be seen below).

Joseph is the director of Thee Black Swan’s latest production which brings Black Spartacus to the stage at The Courtyard Theatre in Hoxton from Tuesday 18th August to Sunday 13th September.

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