It’s a hot and humid summer in 1958 St Anns, Nottingham. Tempers are flaring and Teddy Boys are on the march. Jamaican couple Pearl and George are helping Caribbean migrants to cut loose by hosting a forbidden party at their Shebeen. Pearl has dreams of opening a restaurant on the Wells Road. George, a retired boxer, has hung his dreams next to his gloves. A young interracial couple are falling in love and figuring out how to be together.
As tensions mount on a night filled with rum, calypso and dancing, and with the Shebeen under threat from the police, everyone is forced to confront the uncomfortable truths their relationships are built upon.
Specially commissioned by Nottingham Playhouse, Shebeen invites you to a party you never knew existed. This world premiere by Nottingham Writer, Mufaro Makubika, shines a light on a community under siege and the sacrifices made for love.
Shebeen is the WINNER of the Alfred Fagon Best New Play of the Year award!
The acting of the main cast, Pearl and her husband were very strong. Pearl in particular. I think the performance of the others were weak in comparison - wooden. However I enjoyed the whole production and it was interesting to be taken back to my childhood looking at the household furniture and pictures on the wall and green tin “basin” prop in the kitchen. Whilst the ending was somewhat expected it nevertheless was still shocking. I would recommend it and in fact, have done to my brother.
Theatre Royal Stratford East
Gerry Raffles Square, London E15 1BN
No exchanges or refunds after booking.
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Suitable For Children
Age Guidance: 14+ (some strong language and violent scenes)
When Can I Go
20th June - 7th July
Time: 7.30pm (matinees at 2.30pm)