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Scarlett Brookes as Frieda Joubert and Shaq Taylor as Errol Philander (Photo: Helen Maybanks)

REVIEW: Statements After an Arrest Under the Immorality Act, Orange Tree Theatre (2021)

She is Frieda Joubert, a librarian (Scarlett Brookes) and he is Errol Philander, a schoolteacher (Shaq Taylor) at a township school.  They met when he came to the library to obtain a book to do with his correspondence course.  He is looking to improve and she is looking to help him, but they fell in love.

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Read more about the article REVIEW: Out West, Lyric Hammersmith (2021)
Esh Alladi (Photo by Helen Maybanks)

REVIEW: Out West, Lyric Hammersmith (2021)

Out West is a collection of three one actor plays by three renowned playwrights, linked by each play illustrating differing aspects of racism and alluding to the area where the Lyric Theatre is today.  One is about a mixed race marriage, one about a black woman's fight for self esteem and one about a law student from overseas arriving in Britain in the reign of Queen Victoria. 

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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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