Vibrant and thoughtful play J’Ouvert at the Harold Pinter Theatre is both a celebration of the carnival experience as well highlighting sexual politics and inclusivity versus cultural appropriation that can emerge in these settings.
A slice of explosive, gritty, witty, youthful urban life, J’Ouvert is a play set in the streets of Notting Hill during its annual August bank holiday celebration of African-Caribbean culture.
J’Ouvert bursts onto the stage and it is the theatre experience I’ve been waiting to get back to. Theatre that can pack a powerful punch and do it while at the same time be entertaining.
Written by Yasmin Joseph, J’Ouvert makes its West End debut at the Harold Pinter Theatre, where it is running until 3 July 2021. I caught up with actor Annice Boparai to find out more.
Amy Berryman’s ambitious debut play Walden about siblings, climate change and space travel is full of ideas, but what happened to the emotions?
The vibrant culture of the Notting Hill Carnival is celebrated and examined in Yasmin Joseph’s play about three young women, J’Ouvert.
RE:EMERGE, a collection of new plays curated by Sonia Friedman Productions alongside Ian Rickson (artistic director for the season), is due to open to socially-distanced audiences from May at London’s Harold Pinter Theatre.
The image we’re left with is not one of violence in J’Ouvert at Theatre503, but of pride, friendship and resilience, and a community that’s prepared to keep fighting for as long as it takes to reclaim its voice and heritage.
J’ouvert, a debut play from Yasmin Joseph and the directorial debut of Rebekah Murrell, is an ambitious play, encompassing the spirit, commercialism and epic Notting Hill Carnival.
In her female-led, debut play J’ouvert, taking place over a day at Notting Hill Carnival, Yasmin Joseph pays homage to the people, young and old, that make up the event’s vibrant landscape and give it its soul.