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The Trial of Joseph Knight

In the late 18th century, plantation owner Sir John Wedderburn returns to Scotland from the West Indies, bringing with him an African slave, Joseph Knight. By May Sumbwanyambe.

May Sumbwanyambe's play is based on real historical events. In the late 18th century much of Scotland's mercantile wealth is built on slavery. Plantation owner, Sir John Wedderburn, returns to Perthshire from the West Indies, bringing with him an African slave, Joseph Knight. Wedderburn educates Knight and uses him as a domestic servant. But when Knight runs away his escape and recapture help to pave the way for the abolition of slavery in Britain.

Producer/director: Bruce Young
BBC Scotland.

45 minutes

Last on

Thu 12 Jul 2018 14:15

Credits

Role Contributor
Joseph Knight Nana Amoo-Gottfried
Sir John Wedderburn Ron Donachie
Annie Thomson Anita Vettesse
Margaret Wedderburn Helen Mackay
Sheriff Swinton John Buick
Director Bruce Young
Producer Bruce Young
Writer May Sumbwanyambe

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