Ryan Calais Cameron does it again: he portrays the male black British experience with joy as well as pain.
This is a triumphant return of Queens of Sheba after a successful run at Soho Theatre in 2021 and Edinburgh Fringe in 2018. Expertly directed, these ladies burst onto the stage with such energy and so many vibes it’s infectious and everyone in the audience feels it.
Queens of Sheba is a play of contrasts it is angry and joyous, fun and sad, quietly contemplative and in your face loud.
It’s time for Rev Stan’s best plays of 2018 overall, gleaned from everything I’ve seen – large productions and small, commercial theatres, subsidised and fringe.
Theatre is supposed to reflect society, challenge and change but how can it do that when its programming doesn’t fully embrace the full gamut of ethnicity, sexual orientation and balance of gender?
I walked out of Queens of Sheba feeling a bit teary in a kind of happy/sad/exhilarated way. It’s the first Fringe play I’ve seen that has evoked such a strong emotional response.