Shebeen

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Inspired by the Windrush generation and set in the writer’s hometown of Nottingham, award-winning new play Shebeen shines a light on a community under siege. Read More >

Inspired by the Windrush generation and set in the writer’s hometown of Nottingham, award-winning new play Shebeen shines a light on a community under siege.

Shebeen is set in a hot, humid summer in 1958. Tempers are flaring and Teddy Boys are on the march. Jamaican couple Pearl and George are helping Caribbean migrants to cut loose at their Shebeen – a forbidden party where drinks flow, music plays, food is plentiful, and carefree attitudes roam.

On a night fuelled by rum, calypso and dancing, the Shebeen is under threat from the police, and as tensions build everyone is forced to confront some uncomfortable truths.

Theatre Royal Stratford East alumnus Matthew Xia returns to direct Mufaro Makubika’s new play, winner of Alfred Fagon Award.

Timely, expertly cast, and full of tenderness and joy, Shebeen is an electrifying performance of sheer power.

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Age Recommendation: 14+. Contains some strong language and violent scenes.

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Important Dates & Timing

Opening Night: 20/06/2018

Closing Night: 07/07/2018

Running time: 2h05, inc. interval

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Cast & Creative

Cast

George - Karl Collins

Pearl - Martina Laird

Constable Reed/Robert Dunne - Adam Rojko-Vega

Mary - Chloe Harris

Gayle - Danielle Walters

Mrs Clark - Hazel Ellerby

Sergeant Williams - Karl Haynes

Earnest - Rolan Bell

Linford - Theo Solomon

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Creative

Director - Matthew Xia

Designer - Grace Smart

Lighting Designer - Ciarán Cunningham

Movement Director - Rachael Nanyonjo

Sound - Richard Hammarton

Author - Mufaro Makubika

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