Scenes for Survival | Joseph Knight


11 Jun 2020

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Patrick Martins & Emma King perform an extract from the new play by May Sumbwanyambe, directed by Justin Audibert. Based on a remarkable true story, Enough of Him explores the life of Joseph Knight, an African man brought to Scotland as a slave by plantation owner John Wedderburn to serve in his Perthshire mansion.

Produced by National Theatre of Scotland, in association with BBC Scotland, Screen Scotland, BBC Arts’ Culture in Quarantine project and the Pitlochry Festival Theatre, where Enough of Him had been due to premiere in October 2020. with support from Hopscotch Films.

"It's been an incredible journey working with the National Theatre of Scotland, over the last few years, on this story about a young, black man from Africa called Joseph Knight, and the role he played in bending the long moral arc of history that little bit further towards justice. Over the last few weeks, ​myself and a few members of the original, now postponed, production of “Enough of Him” have been working on trying to bring to your screens a small ​​excerpt from the play. This small scene ​titled “Joseph Knight” felt like such a great opportunity to dive into some of the themes that it's been my privilege to explore in the larger text; such as the nature of freedom and slavery. I know from personal experience that there are many things in this world that ​can make us feel trapped, such as poverty and a lack of access to education. I was particularly drawn to adapting this moment of the script because of how clearly ​it manages to articulate a simple idea: that it is in our individual and collective imaginations, our access to sources of knowledge, culture and education and through the power of words themselves that we can all, no matter our race, class, gender or background, find the tools to free ourselves from all those situations in this world that make us feel trapped, alone, isolated or afraid."

May Sumbwanyambe