Casting has been confirmed for Rebekah Murrell’s production which will play at the Theatre503 from the 29th May.

It has been confirmed that Nicole Lecky (Superhoe, Royal Court Theatre; C4’s Fresh Meat, Channel 4; SENSE8, Netflix), Annice Boparai (17, The Vaults; Trojan Horse, Edinburgh) and Yvette Boakye (Girls, UK tour and
Soho Theatre; Heroine & Kanye The First, HighTide Festival) will star in J’Ouvert, the debut play from one of Theatre503’s resident playwright’s Yasmin Joseph.

It’s the Notting Hill Carnival and the streets in West London are alive. In dazzling colour and endless sequins and feathers, Jade and Nadine are fighting for space in a world they thought was theirs. J’Ouvert is a hilarious and fearless story of two best friends, battling to preserve tradition
in a society where women’s bodies are frequently under threat.

This production also marks the directorial debut of Rebekah Murrell (Nine Night, National Theatre, Trafalgar Studios). Talking about the production she said: “Staging this play is going to be a huge theatrical feat as we transform a black box theatre above a pub into the explosive, dizzying world of Notting Hill Carnival. We’re bringing together a team of the most exciting Black woman and non-binary theatre artists working in UK theatre today to create an experience unlike any we have ever seen, evoking the
sights, sounds and smells of an event which is so much at the heart of London’s annual calendar and which holds immense social and cultural significance to everyone involved.”

The creative team for the production is also set to include set and costume design by Sandra Falase, sound design by Mwen and lighting design by Simisola Majekodunmi.

J’Ouvert will play at Theatre503 from the 29th May until the 22nd June.

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