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.
Theatre is all in the timing, and the opening night of Nine Night coincided with the resignation of the Home Secretary Amber Rudd over misrepresenting her department's immigration stance on the Windrush generation who came to Britain from the West Indies in the 50s and her replacement in the post by Sajid Javid, himself a second-generation migrant. We have become a more assimilated nation, but... Read more