Production Profiles: Cast Member Nathan Thomas

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London based, British born. Actor, model and youth worker, Nathan Thomas grew up in London with Jamaican parents. He attended and trained at both Morley Drama studio and Anna Shears Drama school. As an actor he has participated in various forms of productions from stage, film, TV and an interactive radio play. Nathan discovered his passion for performing arts when he was a small child being cast for his school nativity play. Ever since Nathan has been pursing this passion with great enthusiasm and determination. He continues to nurture and develop his skills.

Nathan will be playing Sammy in White Witch at the Chelsea Theatre from April 4th until April 30th.

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Production Profiles: Cast Member Elisa Boyd

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Elisa honed her craft by training at the University of Birmingham and ArtsEd. London. She has made numerous Theatre and TV and Film appearances.

Her theatre credits include A Christmas Carol at the Rose Theatre in Kingston and Trafalgar Studios in London, Sweet Charity at the New Wolsey Theatre in Suffolk, The Borrowers at the Northern Stage Theatre in Newcastle, Brother Love’s Travelling Salvation and Lord Arthur Savile’s Crime for the No. 1 Tour, A Big Day For The Goldbergs at the New End Theatre in London, Sunset Boulevard at the Watermill Theatre in West Berkshire which also had a transfer to the West End at the the Comedy Theatre (now the Harold Pinter Theatre), She Stoops to Conquer at the Birmingham Rep, ISL laboratory at the Almeida Theatre in London and for the Sydney Theatre Company, Amadeus at the Wiltons Music Hall, Five Thirty and Gift of The Magi at the King’s Head in London and a UK Tour as Juliet in Romeo and Juliet.

Her TV credits include Orchestra for production company Tiger Aspect and US comedy Good Job, Thanks!

Her Film Credits include London to Brighton, Sogni D’oro, Art In Heaven, Children Of Sorrow, Lola Malady, Standing Room Only, The Sun Always Shines and Galatea.

She is also an award winning writer and director. Her first film as writer – director (Sogni D’Oro – Dreams of Gold) won Best Drama at the Portobello Film Festival in London and her second- Art in Heaven- is currently touring the International festival circuit.

Elisa Boyd will be starring as Annie Palmer in White Witch at the Chelsea Theatre from April 4th until April 30th.

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Who was the Black Spartacus?

Toussaint L’Ouverture is one of the most important figures in world history. He was the subject of numerous books and poems from his death in 1803 until the end of the 19th century. For the Romantics, Toussaint signified the dawning of a new era in the Americas and was an emblem of hope in the slavery abolition movement. Yet he is barely recognised in the west. So who was the Black Spartacus?

According to prominent historian CLR James Toussaint was born in north of Haiti (at the time called St.Domingue) in 1743. The grandson of a captured African chieftain he was a slave until he was 45. A highly intelligent individual he taught himself to read as a child and was well versed in Caesar’s military writings and the polemics of the French abolitionist Abbé Reynal.

Toussaint grew up as a practitioner of voodou. Voodou is a peaceable creed that marries Catholicism with African animism and is still a major religion in modern Haiti. There is a consensus amongst modern historians that Haiti’s slave rebellion first began under a Jamaican voodou priest named Boukman.

Toussaint did not join the revolution until a few weeks after it had begun but quickly became a prominent leader within the movement. He showed himself to be not only a gifted military strategist but a skilled diplomat. He would go on to lead the only successful slave revolt in modern history defeating the three mighty empires of Britain, France and Spain and liberating African slaves in Haiti half a century before the American civil war freed slaves in the United States.

In an official speech General Etienne Laveaux appointed Toussaint the first black Commander-in-Chief of the colony. Laveaux, Commander of the French forces in what was then St. Domingue hailed Toussaint L’Ouverture as “The Black Spartacus avenging his people of ancient wrongs”, a reference the slave who challenged Rome. The revolt which turned Haiti into a country free from the tyranny of slavery was part of a chain of events which directly led to British abolition of Slavery.

The heroics of Toussaint L’Ouveture will be celebrated in Thee Black Swan Theatre and Opera company’s new production called ‘Black Spartacus’ written by Anthony Maddalena and directed by Joe Charles. The play will be taking place at the Courtyard Theatre in Hoxton, London from the 18th of August to the 13th of September.

For further details go to theeblackswan.co.uk or for tickets contact ticket web on 0844 477 1000