REVIEW: The Death of a Black Man, Hampstead Theatre (2021)
Toyin Omari-Kinch as Stumpie, Natalie Simpson as Jackie and Nickcolia King-N'da as Shakie (Photo: Marc Brenner)

REVIEW: The Death of a Black Man, Hampstead Theatre (2021)

Its very title would have conjured up then, as it does now, the unnecessary death of a man in custody or at the hands of the police.  Although in the play there is the death of Shakie (Nickcolia King-N'da)'s father, a jazz musician in Manchester, the title The Death of a Black Man may be a metaphor.  

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REVIEW: The Gift, Theatre Royal  Stratford East (2020)
Shannon Hayes as Princess Sarah and Donna Berlin as Aggie - Photo: Ellie Kurttz

REVIEW: The Gift, Theatre Royal Stratford East (2020)

Janice Okoh's play The Gift for Eclipse, a Black Theatre company which fosters and supports black artists in the North of England, is a comedy of manners and a satire on race relations over two centuries. Based on Queen Victoria's black goddaughter Sarah Bonetta Davies who was gifted to the queen after she recognised the 5 year old's intelligence, the play is constructed around three tea parties.

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