Playwright Natasha Gordon to take role in her play Nine Night
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.
Premiering in the Dorfman in May, Mark Shenton wrote that the play was “acted with such warmth that it emerges as both a bracing and embracing family story that we can all relate to”, in his review for LondonTheatre.co.uk.
Gordon, who becomes the first ever black British female playwright to have a play staged in the West End, will take on the role of Lorraine, a woman who gives up her job to look after her dying mum. She is joined by Oliver Alvin-Wilson (Robert), Michele Greenidge (Trudy), Hattie Ladbury (Sophie), Rebekah Murrell (Anita), Cecilia Noble (Aunt Maggie) and Karl Collins (Uncle Vince) who completes the West End cast.
The production is directed by Roy Alexander Weise (The Mountaintop, Young Vic), and it will have designs by Rajha Shakiry, lighting by Paule Constable, sound by George Dennis, movement by Shelley Maxwell and fight direction by Bret Yount.