Pitched as a ‘timely echo of Caribbean resistance’, J’Ouvert pulls its audience into the beating heart of Notting Hill Carnival. It’s the summer of 2017 and the pastel hued streets are alive with a heady mix of celebration and history. In the throng of the sequin-covered crowds dancing to throbbing soca beats are Jade and Nadine, two women and best friends battling to preserve tradition in a society where women’s bodies are often under threat.
The production marks the directorial debut of actor Rebekah Murrell (Nine Night), with Annice Boparai (Trojan Horse), Gabrielle Brooks (Twelfth Night), Sapphire Joy (Our Country’s Good) and DJ Zuyane Russell stepping on stage to tell the story.
J’Ouvert is the second of three plays to show at the Harold Pinter Theatre as part of its reopening season, Reemerge.The production is sandwiched between Walden, a new climate-focused play by Amy Berryman starring Gemma Arterton (Tamara Drewe, Quantum of Solace), and Anna X, Joseph Charlton’s new play about New York’s fashion elite, starring The Crown's Emma Corrin.
|What||J’Ouvert, Harold Pinter Theatre|
|Where||Harold Pinter Theatre, Panton Street, London, SW1Y 4DN | MAP|
|Nearest tube||Piccadilly Circus (underground)|
16 Jun 21 – 03 Jul 21, Performances at 7:30pm with additional 3pm matinees
|Website||Click here for more information and to book|