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.
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.
Koko Brown is back with her new show Grey, following on from last year’s hit one-woman play White. This instalment of the Colour Trilogy explores depression and black women’s mental health.
Koko Brown and Sapphire Joy women steer this ship in such a brilliant and raw direction that it is only natural that the audience is nodding along and audibly agreeing with them throughout Grey at Ovalhouse 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.
Anna Girvan’s music festival themed production of Twelfth Night has plenty of nice elements to it – but can get carried away with itself at times.
As a progressive company, Ramps on the Moon is leading the way by showing what inclusive theatre looks like. It is encouraging that this fundamental innovation is coming from regional UK theatres: London has a lot to learn from them.