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 and loss in a uniquely delicate way. Read more
Family, food, music and mourning.
Gloria is gravely sick. When her time comes, the celebration begins; the traditional Jamaican Nine Night Wake. But for Gloria’s children and grandchildren, marking her death with a party that lasts over a week is a test. Nine nights of music, food, sharing stories – and an endless parade of mourners.
Natasha Gordon’s debut play Nine Night is a touching and very funny exploration of the rituals of family. Roy Alexander Weise directs a cast including Cecilia Noble.
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Our Review of Nine Night
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 the tensions still clearly exist with those who wish to keep immigrants out, even those... Read more