The Great Dr. Samuel Johnson was an outspoken anti-slavery campaigner and ensured that his young black manservant, Francis Barber, was educated as an equal. Despite this, their relationship was fraught with all the politics of power and dependency which Johnson so publicly criticised and, racked with guilt at his own hypocrisy, he made a deathbed will leaving all his worldly goods to Barber. Without the protection of his master, Barber was never accepted into seventeenth century English society; he lost his fortune and died in a workhouse infirmary.
Resurrection examines the delicate and troubled relationship between these two men, looking at the thoroughly contemporary themes of freedom, exploitation, need and power in a fascinating historical context.
Winner of the LWT Plays on Stage Award 1995