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Category B

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About the Show Less...

Roy Williams presents a new play about the British prison system as part of the Tricycle's Not Black And White season. Read More >

Category B is part of a three-month season of plays at the Tricycle theatre examining life and social issues in 21st century London from the perspective of three leading black contemporary playwrights.

Roy Williams, whose plays Days Of Significance, Starstruck and The Gift were all staged at the Tricycle,  returns with a new play about the prison system, Category B.

Saul runs a tip-top wing – the screws love him for it, especially Angela. Prisoners follow his rules, and it’s all gravy. But Saul’s number two position is vacant, new inmates are flooding in, so everyone’s feeling the heat. Errol could fill the gap, but he’s up for parole in six weeks, and now new kid Rio’s rocking the boat. No one wants to go to Category B, but the world on the outside is a different story.

In addition to his work at the Tricycle, Williams’s other plays include Sing Yer Heart Out For The Lads and Baby Girl at the National Theatre, and Lift Off, Clubland and Fallout at the Royal Court.

Category B director Paulette Randall was last at the Tricycle directing August Wilson’s Radio Golf, the fifth of Wilson’s plays that she has directed there.

For more about Category B at the Tricycle Theatre, read the First Night Feature or Tricycle Artistic Director Nicolas Kent on programming the Not Black And White season.


Important Dates & Timing

Previews From: 8/10/2009

Opening Night: 12/10/2009

Closing Night: 19/12/2009

Running time: 2h30

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Cast & Creative


Jimmy Akingbola, Aml Ameen, John Boyega , Karl Collins, Sharon Duncan-Brewster, Abhin Galeya, Jaye Griffiths, Kobna Holdbrook-Smith, Simone James, Amelia Lowdell, Cecilia Noble, Rebecca Scroggs, Robert Whitelock


Director - Paulette Randall

Producer - Tricycle theatre

Designer - Rosa Maggiora

Lighting Designer - James Farncombe

Sound - Tom Lishman

Author - Roy Williams

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