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One Night in Miami Review


  Kemp Powers play One Night In Miami is on at the Donmar Theatre. Congratulations to the Donmar for hosting a play featuring four iconic black men.  It is an engaging play, based on a historical event we know little about. It’s 25 February 1964 the night that Cassius Clay beat Sonny Liston.  He is…

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The Suicide – Review


Some of the characters are memorable. There was an outstanding performance by Ashley McGuire as Sarah, Sam’s mother-in-law .

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Knife Edge Runs With The Best


One day I was at the National Theatre watching Lorraine Hansberry’s epic masterpiece ‘Les Blancs’.  A disturbing and haunting story about the end of the colonial era in an imaginary African country.  It was a compelling cast, on a big stage, which brought sight and sound and smells alive with an element of Hamlet.  The…

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Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom


Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom set in 1927 is an impressive play with an interesting history.  It centres on power dynamics: racism, self-determination, economics and change.  I enjoyed the London performance.  This play remains relevant on gender inequality and cultural appropriation.  I also went away with a better understanding of recent gang violence.  The play illustrates…

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Arts, Events & Exhibitions


  Round up of this week’s ‘must do’ arts, exhibitions, and events. Death on the Nile: Uncovering the afterlife of ancient Egypt The Fitzwilliam Museum | 23 February – 22 May 2016 The first major exhibition for the Fitzwilliam’s 2016 bicentenary celebrations goes beyond the images of mummies, pharaohs and mystery often associated with ancient…

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Arts Exhibitions Events


Round up of this week’s ‘must do’ arts, exhibitions, and events. Eleven Women Facing War Nick Danziger IWM London | Until 24 April 2016 The first UK display of Eleven Women Facing War, an exhibition of photographs and film by award-winning British photographer Nick Danziger. It records the stories of eleven women in different conflict…

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East End Boys, West End Girls – A Triumph of Black Theatre


East End Boys, West End Girls is the latest work by playwright Ade Solanke. It is an honest and humorous exploration of teenage relationships and angst in the wider context of education. Set in modern London, the play is developed around two boys from the east end of London meeting two girls from the west side of London after they have…

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