For the first time ever, Jamaica Kincaid’s acclaimed book about Antigua and its exploitation by the West, A Small Place, is brought to the stage at the Gate Theatre this month. Starring Cherrelle Skeete and Nicola Alexis, the premiere production runs from 8 November to 1 December 2018. Time to book those tickets!!
Published in 1988, Kincaid’s A Small Place is a novel-length essay exploring her experience of growing up on the Caribbean island of Antigua. Through the lens of tourism, she examines the differences between visiting the holiday destination and living there, condemning the colonialism and power structures still felt in Antigua.
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Kincaid’s book is adapted for the stage by Anna Himali Howard, who also directs the show. An alumni artist at the Gate Theatre, she was Paines Plough’s Trainee Director in 2016 as well as working as Associate Director on the acclaimed Fleabag and as Assistant Director to Ellen McDougall on Othello and In the Night Time (Before the Sun Rises).
Cherelle Skeete and Nicola Alexis star in the two-hander. Skeete was last seen on the London stage in the Young Vic’s hit production of Fun Home and previously played Rose Granger-Weasley in the original cast of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. Alexis is also a former Potter star, having played Hermione Granger in the hit London production. She may be best known for playing WPC Ruby Buxton in The Bill.
The full creative team for A Small Place includes Season Butler (Dramaturg), Munotida Chinyanga (Sound Designer), Johanne Jensen (Lighting Designer), Camilla Clarke (Set Designer), Lucy Morris (Stage Manager), Emily Aboud (Assistant Director / Video Designer) and Sandra Falase (Design Assistant).
A Small Place is part of Ellen McDougall’s second season as Artistic Director of the Gate Theatre. The season also includes Sarah Ruhl‘s play about the friendship between American poets Elizabeth Bishop and Robert Lowell, Dear Elizabeth (17 January to 9 February) and Anthony Simpson-Pike‘s surreal exploration of colonial narratives The Ridiculous Darkness (27 February to 23 March).
Notting Hill venue the Gate Theatre was founded in 1979 with the aim of bringing ground-breaking international plays to London audiences. It has since become one of the capital’s most influential and revered off-West End theatres. Acclaimed directors Stephen Daldry, Laurence Boswell, David Farr, Mick Gordon, Erica Whyman, Thea Sharrock, Carrie Cracknell, Natalie Abrahami and Christopher Haydon were all previously Artistic Director at the venue. Ellen McDougall took over in January 2017.
A Small Place runs from 8 November to 1 December at the Gate Theatre, 11 Pembridge Road, Notting Hill, London W11 3HQ. Performances are Mondays to Saturdays at 7.30pm with Wednesday & Saturday matinees at 3pm. Tickets are priced £12-£24. CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE!
Cherrelle Skeete originated the role of Rose Granger-Weasley in the London production of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. Other London stage credits include Fun Home (Young Vic), The Phlebotomist (Hampstead Theatre), The Seagull, Jack and the Beanstalk (both Lyric Hammersmith), Three Days in the Country and The Amen Corner (both National Theatre). Her TV credits include Silent Witness, Doctors, Danny and the Human Zoo, The Five, Ordinary Lives and Call the Midwife.
Nicola Alexis has appeared in West End productions including Harry Potter and the Cursed Child and Clybourne Park. Other London stage performances include Bacchai, Jitney (both National Theatre), Macbeth (Orange Tree Theatre), Emma (Tricycle Theatre) and Indecent Desires (Lyric Hammersmith). On television, she has been seen in Obsession: Dark Desires, Doctors, EastEnders, Hollyoaks and The Bill.