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"Elmina's Kitchen"at the Garrick from 20 April
Elmina's Kitchen, written by and starring Kwame Kwei-Armah, will open at the Garrick Theatre 26 April 2005, following previews from 20 April 2005, and booking to 20 Aug 2005 .
It is directed by Angus Jackson, designed by Bunny Christie, lighting by Hartly T A Kemp.
The cast is: Kwame Kwei-Armah (Deli), Dona Croll (Anastasia ), Oscar James (Bayjee), Michael Obiora (Ashley), Shaun Parkes (Digger), Don Warrington (Clifton ).
The play premiered at the National Theatre in May 2003 where it received terrific notices from the popular press: MADDY COSTA for THE GUARDIAN says, "Kwei-Armah writes exquisitely, in a language that is peppery, poetic and full of wit." IAN JOHNS for THE TIMES says, "Elmina’s Kitchen builds into a powerful, of-the-moment drama and a heartfelt plea for finding your potential without a gun. It’s a fine addition to Nicholas Hytner’s first season at the National." NICHOLAS DE JONGH for THE EVENING STANDARD says, "Amusing but too static first half....absolutely chilling second half."
The play has recently been remounted at the Birmingham Rep and is currently on tour in the UK.
Elmina's Kitchen will be produced in the West End by Bill Kenwright, Jenny King and Matthew Gale.
Elmina's Kitchen is the story of a single dad's struggle to survive and protect his wayward son from the temptations of crime. Set in a run down West Indian cafe in Hackney, Deli takes on a new waitress, feisty Anastasia, to help him clean up and improve his cafe. Meanwhile, his son Ashley and his old friend Digger are out to advance themselves in a rather different way whilst Deli's own father and his best friend have their own ideas for self-improvement.