COMING TO ENGLAND
THF Honorary Patron and children's TV legend Dame Floella Benjamin has said she's "thrilled" that a new stage musical is to tell the story of her arrival in 1960s Britain.
Coming To England is based on her 1997 book about her journey from Trinidad and how she overcame the racism she encountered when she arrived.
It is being adapted by David Wood, one of her former co-presenters on classic children's TV show Play Away.
"It's about overcoming adversity, this story, and it's uplifting," she said.
Dame Floella moved to England with her family in 1960 at the age of 10, but was met by hostility and prejudice from classmates and neighbours.
The story is about "determination, never giving up, standing up to bullies, and standing up for what you believe in", she explained after the musical was announced.
“I am absolutely thrilled that the musical production of my book Coming to England which has been adapted by the fantastic award winning playwright David Wood, will have its world première at The REP, Birmingham early next year."
CAN'T WAIT TO SEE THE SHOW!