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Black Men Walking – Hull Truck Theatre

Writer/Musical Director: Testament Director: Dawn Walton Designer: Simon Kenny Reviewer: Ron Simpson Black Men Walking, now on an extended tour by Eclipse Theatre Company, begins with an excellent idea and is blessed with a quartet of first-class performances, but the script sometimes fails to integrate Testament’s ambitious concept into a coherent whole. The play is dedicated to the Black Men’s ...

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Black Men Walking – Belgrade Theatre, Coventry

Writer: Testament Director: Dawn Walton Reviewer: James Garrington “We walked England before the English.” Trevor, Matthew and Richard like walking in the Peak District. Every month they meet and walk and talk. This time, although the forecast indicated that they should cancel, they press on in an attempt to fight their individual demons - until a blizzard brings them face to ...

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Black Men Walking – Royal Exchange, Manchester

Writer: Testament Director: Dawn Walton Reviewer: Katherine Kirwin “We walk” repeat the chants of Thomas, Richard and Matthew as they head out into the misty wilderness of the Peak District. Inspired by a real walking group for black men in Sheffield, Black Men Walking marks a collaboration between Eclipse Theatre and Leeds-based rapper, writer and performer Testament. Directed by Dawn ...

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A Raisin in the Sun – Liverpool Playhouse

Walter and Ruth sat at kitchen table

Writer: Lorraine Hansberry Director: Dawn Walton Reviewer: Abbie Rippon Set in Chicago in the late 1950s, Lorraine Hansberry’s thought provoking, iconic play A Raisin in the Sun is an intense and fiery script which gives the audience a glimpse of family life for the black community of the Windy City just before the Civil Rights Movement came into force. In ...

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A Raisin in the Sun – Nuffield Theatre, Southampton

Walter and Ruth sat at kitchen table

Writer: Lorraine Hansberry Director: Dawn Walton Reviewer: Sharon MacDonald-Armitage   Lorraine Hansbury’s A Raisin in the Sun may have been written in 1959 but the questions it raises about family relationships, poverty and the dream of bettering oneself by owning your own home ring as true today as they did then. This is the story of the Younger family and ...

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Sizwe Banzi Is Dead – Liverpool Playhouse

Writers: Athol Fugard, John Kani &Winston Ntshona Director: Matthew Xia Reviewer: May Mellstrom ‘We own nothing but ourselves’. The overall theme of identity pervades this revival of Sizwe Banzi Is Dead, a co-production by the Eclipse Theatre Company and Young Vic, where the play recently enjoyed a sell-out run. Devised by playwright Athol Fugard with actors John Kani and Winston ...

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Sizwe Banzi is Dead – The Drum, Theatre Royal, Plymouth

Writer: Athol Fugard Director: Matthew Xia Reviewer: Marina Spark The anti-apartheid themes of freedom and independence that run through this 1972 play are communicated from the off with the audience entering the auditorium through different gates according to their race. Sibusiso Mamba strongly sets the tone, brashly directing audience members to their race-specific gate. The play's thoughtful attack on the ...

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Sizwe Banzi Is Dead – Young Vic, London

Devised by: Athol Fugard, John Kani and Winston Ntshona Director: Matthew Xia Reviewer: Christopher Hong At the time this work was first performed in 1972, apartheid in South Africa was in full swing. Restrictions on and discrimination against black people and the bureaucracy involved was extensive, exemplified by the pass book used to regulate their movement. This play charmingly weaves ...

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