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On from 21 Sep 2012 till 28 Oct 2012
All Around Town
by Ncube
Genre(s): New Writing


The FESTIVAL of BRITAIN is a new play by Ncube set in May, 1951, as London approaches the spectacle that is the FESTIVAL of BRITAIN; the sequel to the GREAT EXHIBITION.

We are in a shop with a cafe/bar and its garments are manhandled, looked over or given the looksee by a brilliant bunch of Brits. We eavesdrop on conversations between the consumers. We hear of their worries, their joys, their victories and their sources of disgruntlement. We are voyeurs or peeping Toms but they don't seem to mind... So much so they share things we should never hear... Things no one should ever hear...

It's an intimate piece that's uplifting, unforgettable and strays down unexpected paths.

There's music making its rounds courtesy of a preppy musician who answers to the name Little Bo Peep. Her take on classic songs from that era are lilting and unobtrusive. She blesses us with versions of 'If I Knew You Were Coming I'd Have Baked a Cake', 'Goodnight, Irene', 'The Third Man Theme', 'When the Saints Go Marching In' & 'Dream A Little Dream.'

It is the 4th play from Ncube. It was written in what he describes as 'a period of artistic blooming of a highly-charged kind.'

Ncube is a young playwright and novelist who delights in dialogue and shared intimacy. He is 28 and heads a collective of ambitious new theatre-folk.

The costumes are designed by Skilful Dot. An upcoming fashion designer living in Minsk, Belarus. This is her first collaboration with the collective.

The production is by Aimee Sajjan-Servaes. She was responsible for the set of 'A Columbine Classroom'at the Library, 'Return to the Forbidden Planet' at Questors Theatre and 'Generous' at the Finborough Theatre.

The play is suitable for all ages.

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Approximate running time... 100 minutes, excluding the intermission.

This show is part of a tour. Please visit for other dates and venues.

Please note that tickets are very limited.

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