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Black Heroes in the Hall of Fame 2007
The UK’s Most Outstanding Black Theatre Production is Back!

Directed by Flip Fraser for Black Heroes Productions

The Hackney Empire
6-10th March 2007
On March 6th, the internationally acclaimed stage musical, Black Heroes in the Hall of
Fame, returns to the Hackney Empire.

This spectacular production, is a moving and dramatic tribute to over 5,000 years of
Black history, and highlights the contributions and achievements made by great Black
men and women towards creating world peace, prosperity and freedom – as well as
acknowledging their accomplishments in the world of science, sports and entertainment

With an all new line-up of characters, songs and dances, the show magically recreates
significant moments in Black history by bringing to life some of the most important
figures of times past including; The Kings and Queens of Africa, The Freedom Fighters,
The Great Achievers, The Great Entertainers as well as Malcolm X, Martin Luther King,
Marcus Garvey and Nelson Mandela - all of who feature in the Great Debate.

Described as cross between a traveling Black history museum and a ‘live version’ of
Madame Tussauds – because where else would you see heroes such as Rosa Parks,
Cleopatra, Harriet Tubman, Angela Davis, Paul Robeson and Muhammad Ali sharing a
stage? - Black Heroes in the Hall of Fame is an explosion of information and cultural
expression, designed to motivate, inspire, enlighten, educate and entertain diverse
audiences of all races and ages.

The production - created by Flip Fraser in collaboration with JD Douglas (lyrics) and
Khareem Jamal (music) - was first launched as a community project in 1987 at the Shaw
Theatre in Camden.

The show broke box-office records, and made history when it opened at the Astoria
Theatre two years later, by becoming the first all Black production to play in the west
end. Sell out tours throughout the UK, Caribbean and USA followed, as did awards and
honours such as; the prestigious Spirit of Detroit Award, Key to the City of Miami Award
and a Proclamation Declaration from the Mayor of Washington DC establishing 5th
February as “Black Heroes Day” for the city.
In the mid nineties, during a tour of the states specifically aimed at schools and colleges
– the cast and production team played an integral role in the Mayor of Chicago’s ‘Stop
Black on Clock Killings’ campaign, when they participated in a number of community
workshops and national events set up to tackle youth violence. So successful was their
involvement in this crusade, that for the first time since the show’s conception, Flip
Fraser and his team – who believe young people can be given hope if they are exposed
to positive role models – have introduced four weekday school matinees to the
forthcoming nationwide tour

Black Heroes in the Hall of Fame is as relevant and culturally enriching in 2007, as it
was when it was conceived twenty years ago. In addition to teaching Black history facts
to a wider audience, the show’s core objective remains to expose a positive self-image
of black people and their achievements.

Flip Fraser says, “When we first launched Black Heroes in the Hall of Fame,
we saw it as a great way to promote positive race relations and to highlight to audiences
of all races what Black people had achieved. Twenty years later, we still believe it is the
perfect vehicle to remind us - and especially our youth - just how much more we have
left to accomplish…”

Black Heroes 2007 is supported; by The Arts Council, Synergy Events and the Diversity
Arts Incubation Programme (DA-IP).
The Voice: “The cast staged their finale seasonal show at the Hackney Empire amid
tears and clamor from the public demanding more.”

The Gleaner: “The spectacle that unfolded was something to behold.”
Chicago Sun Times: “Black History has never been presented with this type of

The Black Heroes Production Ltd Team:
Flip Fraser: Creative Director
Khareem Jamal: Musical Director
JD Douglas: Lyricist
Robert Lee: Project Director
David Betteridge: Booking Agent

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