As her play Nine Night transfers to the West End from the National Theatre, playwright Natasha Gordon is set to play a role in the production at Trafalgar Studios this winter. Nine Night based on the Caribbean mourning tradition, which sees friends and family of the deceased gather for an extended wake period to share memories and share stories of loved ones. It centres on Gloria, a Windrush immigrant on her deathbed, and the care she gets from her daughter Lorraine, who is now based in London, and the appearance of sibling Judy from Jamaica.
Given the title, Nine Night, I was expecting Natasha Gordon’s play to really dig into an education of the nine nights mourning ritual; a Caribbean wake tradition that sees relatives celebrate the life of the loved ones with several nights of parties, food and drink. Instead, this play is a thoroughly engrossing family drama set to the backdrop of nine nights, while also dealing with identity... Read more