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Althea Gibson, anyone?

Althea Gibson was the first black woman to win a tennis grandslam. So why is her story not better known today?

It was back in the 1950s that Althea Gibson made history by overcoming huge racial barriers to claim the first ever grandslam win by a black woman. She followed this by winning Wimbledon (twice) and three US Championships. She then went on to become a professional golfer and acted in Hollywood. ‘All White Everything But Me’ is a one person play inspired by Gibson’s life. It was written (and will be performed by) Kemi-Bo Jacobs, who will be asking questions about who is important enough to be immortalised in history. Jacobs was recently part of the RSC company’s production of ‘The Winter’s Tale’ and in 2021 she was the recipient of the New Writing North and Channel 4 Screenwriting Award. GM

All White Everything But Me, Tuesday 14 June-Saturday 7 July, Alphabetti Theatre, Newcastle, 7.30pm (plus 1pm Sat mats), pay what you feel.