Play Mas by Mustapha Matura, Orange Tree Theatre [image former Trinidadian prime minister Eric Williams]
Director Paulette Randall | Designer Libby Watson
Paulette Randall directs Mustapha Matura’s 1974 play on Trinidad’s independence, which won the Evening Standard Award for Best Play. It premiered at the Royal Court and transferred to the West End. Born in Trinidad, Mustapha Matura has lived in Britain for over fifty years. He is the multi-award winning writer of Rum ‘an Coca Cola, Playboy of the Western Indies and The Coup.
Paulette Randall was the West End’s first female black director with August Wilson’s Fences with Lenny Henry. She was Associate Director of the London 2012 Olympic Opening Ceremony and Artistic Director of Talawa, Britain's foremost Black-led theatre company.
Play Mas is set in 1950s Port of Spain. Samuel, a young tailor’s assistant, dreams of Trinidad’s independence. On the eve of carnival everyone fills the streets, dressed up to play mas. This annual celebration turns to tragedy and spurs Samuel on to make a decision that will change the political landscape of the future of this vibrant, volatile island.
Cast: Lori Barker, Llewella Gideon, Kevin N Golding, Rob Heanley, Melanie La Barrie, David Monteith, Johann Myers, Kirris Riviere, Victor Romero Evans, Seun Shote
Info: Play Mas by Mustapha Matura is at the Orange Tree Theatre from 11 Mar to 11 Apr 2015 | Book tickets | Times Mon - Sat eves 7.30pm | Thu & Sat mats 2.30pm (not 12 & 14 Mar) No performance Mon 6 Apr | Post-show talks Thu 26 Mar 2.30pm | Thu 2 Apr 7.30pm | Audio-described performances Tue 31 Mar 7.30pm | Sat 4 Apr 2.30pm | Orange Tree Theatre, 1 Clarence Street, Richmond, Surrey, TW9 2SA Box Office: www.orangetreetheatre.co.uk | 020 8940 3633 (open 10am to 6.30pm Mon-Sat). | Under 30S £10 tickets available Tue – Thu eves | Standing £10 (when all seats have been sold) | Concessions £15 (Tue - Thu eves) for Over 60s, Students, Job Seekers Allowance, Equity, BECTU, and Writers & Directors Guild Members Audio-described patrons £10 Groups 12+ 10% off (excluding Sat eves)
Mustapha Matura is the first recipient of the Alfred Fagon Outstanding Contribution to Writing Award, 2014