Meetings by Mustapha Matura
14 Oct – 11 Nov 2023

Orange Tree Theatre

Meetings by Mustapha Matura_Orange Tree Theatre
Meetings by Mustapha Matura_Orange Tree Theatre

Dis country still must have people who know how ter eat an cook good food

Suited, booted, and stuffed with American burgers and fries, Hugh walks out of a meeting and buys a mango on the street. To the bemusement of his high-flying wife Jean, Hugh becomes obsessed with the foods of his Trinidadian childhood and hires a cook, Elsa, to indulge his nostalgic passion. Mustapha Matura’s razor-sharp comedy is about identity, belonging and the cost of progress.

Following his performance in 2019’s Blood Knot and his OT playwriting debut Prodigal for Inside/Outside in 2021, Kalungi Ssebandeke returns to the OT as the winner of the prestigious 2023 JMK Award with Meetings.

The OT follows Mustapha Matura’s Play Mas in 2015 with the first major UK revival of Meetings: an atmospheric, entertaining and poignant play set to capture the sights, sounds and smells of the Caribbean.

“A pioneering black playwright who opened the door for his successors” Michael Billington, The Guardian on Mustapha Matura

“As nimble as it is comic” New York Times on Meetings

★★★★ “An undeniable gift” WhatsOnStage
★★★★ “Joyful and thought-provoking” The Stage
★★★★ Meetings is still a knockout… a totally engaging production” The Arts Desk
★★★★ “Riotously funny and a feast for the senses… this engaging revival remains as much of a must-watch as it did forty years ago” Broadway World
“Nimble, sparky humour and the charming cast capture Matura’s subtly satirical inflections” The Guardian

NEED TO KNOW: Meetings plays at Orange Tree Theatre from 14 Oct – 11 Nov 2023