Not Black and White: Seize the Day

Thu 22 Oct 2009 – Thu 17 Dec 2009

by Kwame Kwei-Armah

‘Smooth operators tick all the boxes…compelling…sharp-edged clarity..satisfying narrative punch. Outstanding performances. This exciting and ambitious season of plays is another big feather in the Tricycle’s cap. The Independent

‘A capital idea for a play that grapples with a real London issue: the pressures on an African-Caribbean contender for the office of London’s mayor. And, as the second show in the Tricycle’s Not Black and white season, it goes down a storm with its audience and raises a host of issues’ The Guardian

‘Kwame Kwei-Armah is acutely aware of the many complexities of this sensitive subject’ Financial Times

‘Kwame Kwei-Armah is a playwright who engages with the politics of race in a combative and thoughful style. Pacy, funny and intelligent.’ Evening Standard

“The symbolism of having a Black mayor! A city of 45% colour, should have a mayor of colour don’t you think?”

Jeremy Charles has got the face to represent it – a well-spoken, good-looking Londoner, with an appetite for change: yes he can! He’s sold his pitch on reality TV, but can he be the real people’s candidate?

Kwame Kwei-Armah’s play LET THERE BE LOVE was a huge hit at the Tricycle last year, playing for two runs in February and August. His three plays ELMINA’S KITCHEN, FIX UP and STATEMENT OF REGRET were all produced at the National Theatre, and ELMINA’S KITCHEN later transferred to the West End.

Cast includes Kobna Holdbrook-Smith, John Boyega, Aml Ameen, Karl Collins, Sharon Duncan-Brewster, Jaye Griffiths, Abhin Galeya, Amelia Lowdell and Cecilia Noble

Creatives include Kwame Kwei-Armah (Director), Rosa Maggiora (Designer), James Farncombe (Lighting Designer) and Tom Lishman (Sound Designer)