Master Juba

Master Juba

New York: 1843; William Henry Lane is a 17 year old black ‘freed slave’ and talented street dancer. He has mixed the Juba; the dances of his slave ancestors with those of the Irish immigrants, to create an electrifying new dance.

Discovered by PT Barnum and brought to London, Lane has to ‘black up’ as a minstrel before he is allowed to perform. At first he is happy to be exploited, but before long he wants recognition as Master Juba – master of the dance. This play fused dazzling choreography, a blistering score and cutting edge interactive animation techniques to bring Lane’s journey to life.

Master Juba was produced and performed by THEATRE IS… in 2006, and toured theatres and schools in London and the East of England. It won the Meridian Theatre Award in 2006.