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50 Years of African Caribbean Funerals in London

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Sat 21 April until Sat 26 May (Dorfman Foyer) and Wed 27 June (Wolfson Gallery)

To coincide with the opening of Natasha Gordon's new play, Nine Night, in the Dorfman Theatre, the National presents an exhibition of photographs taken by Charlie Phillips.

Born in Kingston, Jamaica, Charlie Phillips arrived in London in 1953. In the early 1960s he was given a camera by a Black American GI stationed in Notting Hill, and quickly set about photographing the lives of the African Caribbean community around him.

A lifetime project documenting the changing cultural rituals surrounding death in his community began when he attended his Aunt Susie's funeral in 1962. His work is a loving celebration of the traditions and cultures of the African diaspora in London.

Phillips has witnessed significant changes and emerging traditions in burial and mourning practices. From the rituals of nine night to the establishment of specialist black funeral directors and the booming business of burying and celebrating the dead.


Dorfman Foyer and Wolfson Gallery

National Theatre
South Bank, London, SE1 9PX
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Box office: 020 7452 3000

Foyers open Mon-Sat 9.30am-11pm; Sun 12 noon-6pm


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