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All White Everything But Me

Written and performed by KEMI-BO JACOBS

Directed by BECKY MORRIS

“I dream now too, of the future, of the life that will be lived there, because we dared to live in hope, here.”

Coinciding with Wimbledon, we are thrilled to welcome this awardwinning debut play by our Associate Artist Kemi-Bo Jacobs inspired by the remarkable life of tennis player Althea Gibson.

Born into a family of sharecroppers in South Carolina, Althea became the first black person to win Wimbledon, in 1957. Despite the magnitude of her achievements her story has been somewhat erased from history.

First produced at Alphabetti Theatre, this play celebrates Althea’s unique life, while asking the questions: What is History? Who decides who is remembered and who is erased?

Reviews from 2022 run:

★★★★ ‘A smartly written and compellingly performed one-woman show about a groundbreaking, but often overlooked, tennis champion.’ THE STAGE

'Jacobs performance is enthralling. Her energy is just non stop from start to have to get down to see this.' IN NEWCASTLE

Kemi-Bo is winner of Writer of the Year North East Culture Awards 2022.

Audience Feedback & Reviews from run at Alphabetti Theatre in 2022

Audience Reactions from performance at Aphabetti Theatre in 2022

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All White Everything But Me

  • Arts Council England
  • Community Foundation
  • European Regional Development Fund


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