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 Dumb Waiter, Hampstead Theatre
Shane Zaza as Gus and Alec Newman as Ben (Photo Helen Maybanks)

REVIEW: The Dumb Waiter, Hampstead Theatre

The Dumb Waiter is a quintessential early Pinter play from 1960, one that feels almost Beckettian if not absurdist. It is set in a room, a situation with bags of sinister mystery with just two players. I always think of what the French writer Jean Anouilh said about Waiting for Godot on seeing Beckett's play for the first time in Paris in 1953. "Nothing happens, nobody comes, nobody goes. It's awful."

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