Theatre Royal Stratford East is so excited to be working with Nottingham Playhouse to bring you the award-winning new play SHEBEEN by Mufaro Makubika, directed by Matthew Xia. Starring Karl Collins and Martina Laird.
CAPTIONED PERFORMANCE: THU 5 JUL, 7:30PM
BSL PERFORMANCE: FRI 6 JUL, 7:30PM
DESCRIBED PERFORMANCE: SAT 7 JUL, 2.30PM
SHEBEEN runs at Theatre Royal Stratford East from Wed 20 Jun - Sat 7 Jul - tickets from £10.
It’s a hot and humid summer in 1958 St Anns, Nottingham. Tempers are flaring and Teddy Boys are on the march. Jamaican couple Pearl and George are helping Caribbean migrants to cut loose by hosting a forbidden party at their Shebeen. Pearl has dreams of opening a restaurant on the Wells Road. George, a retired boxer, has hung his dreams next to his gloves. A young interracial couple are falling in love and figuring out how to be together.
As tensions mount on a night filled with rum, calypso and dancing, and with the Shebeen under threat from the police, everyone is forced to confront the uncomfortable truths their relationships are built upon.
Specially commissioned by Nottingham Playhouse, Shebeen invites you to a party you never knew existed. This world premiere by Nottingham Writer, Mufaro Makubika, shines a light on a community under siege and the sacrifices made for love.
Shebeen is the WINNER of the Alfred Fagon Best New Play of the Year award!