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04 - 08 Oct
One Monkey Don’t Stop No Show by Don Evans
Roger Griffiths, Jocelyn Jee Esien
Roger Griffiths, Jocelyn Jee Esien
A UK premiere, One Monkey Don’t Stop No Show from acclaimed company Eclipse Theatre is a co-production with Sheffield Theatres and an uproarious family drama where The Cosby Show meets Restoration humour in an intoxicating blend of riotous comic elements.

Avery and Myra Harrison and their son Felix, are a respectable middle-class black family in 1970s Philadelphia. Their niece Beverly arrives from the rural South after the death of her father to live with Caleb, her late father’s business partner and newly adoptive guardian. Beverly’s fresh approach and novel ideas turn everyone’s life upside down, even the street-wise Caleb, who is rapidly undermined as Beverly decides she wants involvement with both her father’s business affairs and Caleb’s life.

Recreating a 70s sit com feel, the set replicates the sights and sounds of a live television recording with authentic TV monitor effects and on-air lights.

This production of One Monkey Don’t Stop No Show is the UK première of Don Evans’ classic comedy. Evans (1938 – 2006) was an American playwright, director, actor and teacher and a founding member of the groundbreaking Black Arts movement of the 1960’s & 1970s. He wrote eighteen plays which have been staged across the US and Europe. His writing was hugely influential to the development of US TV Sitcoms such as The Cosby Show.

Award-winning comedian and actor Jocelyn Jee Esien stars as matriarch Myra. Jocelyn was the first black female comedian to write and star in her own BBC TV series, Little Miss Jocelyn. Her other credits include the comedy series 3 Non Blondes, recent British film Anuvahood and the Chichester Festival Theatre production of Racing Demon.

Avery will be played by Roger Griffiths, a founder member of The Posse and star of the Lenny Henry comedy Chef!. Daniel Francis plays Caleb, Daniel having played the title role in eclipse theatre’s acclaimed production of The Hounding of David Oluwale. They’re joined by Ayesha Antoine, Michelle Asante, Jacqueline Boatswain and Isaac Ssebandeke.

Info: 7.30pm | The Albany, Douglas Way, Deptford, London SE8 4AG
Box Office 020 8692 4446 | www.thealbany.org.uk | www.eclipsetheatre.org.uk

Related links
Afridiziak Theatre News interview with Dawn Walton, artistic director, Eclipse Theatre
Afridiziak Theatre News review, the Hounding of David Oluwale

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