J'Ouvert

J'Ouvert

A joyful and fearless story of two best friends, battling to preserve tradition in a society where women’s bodies are frequently under threat.

“A joyful and fearless story of two best friends, battling to preserve tradition in a society where women’s bodies are frequently under threat.”

Overview

“What people you know can party through all of the earth’s elements?”

‍Carnival is here. The streets of Notting Hill are alive with history and amidst the soca, sequins, and endless feathers, Jade and Nadine are fighting for space in a world that should be theirs. A timely echo of Caribbean resistance across centuries, J’OUVERT is a joyful and fearless story of two best friends, battling to preserve tradition in a society where women’s bodies are frequently under threat.

J’OUVERT marks the debut play of James Tait Black Award-winner Yasmin Joseph and directorial debut of actor Rebekah Murrell (Nine Night), coming together with Annice Boparai (Trojan Horse), Gabrielle Brooks (Twelfth Night), Sapphire Joy (Our Country’s Good) and DJ Zuyane Russell to tell this epic story at the Harold Pinter Theatre.

J’Ouvert originated at Theatre503 in a co-production with Bad Breed and Tobi Kyeremateng.

Following a year of extraordinary challenge, and as British theatre begins to re-emerge from the devastating impact of the enforced shutdown, SFP announces a season of new plays for a new world. The RE:EMERGE season will create a space for vital, new voices and fresh talent in the West End, working alongside some of the industry’s greatest theatremakers and artists. The extraordinary collection of plays curated by SFP alongside Ian Rickson – Artistic Director for the season - tackles urgent issues integral to rebuilding our society, including structural inequality, climate change and the economics of truth in an internet age. Supported by Arts Council England thanks to National Lottery funding, RE:EMERGE will celebrate and support the theatre-makers of the future, and provide vital work for the freelance community.

Critic reviews

Formless yet fabulous

· The Arts Desk

A radical, important, and revolutionary addition to the theatrical scene

· A Younger Theatre

A beautifully rendered love letter to Notting Hill Carnival

· The Independent

This is one of the best shows currently running on the West End

· Theatre Weekly

The result is a joyous, plucky work

· Broadway World

A soul-soaring, exhilarating piece of theatre

· London Theatre

Makes so much out of so little

· WhatsOnStage

Vivacious interplay

· The Times

Excellent and ambitious debut

· Time Out

The wild Carnival you won’t see on London’s streets

· The Telegraph

Blazing reminder of what theatre is for

· The Stage

The production as a whole feels diffuse and underpowered

· The Guardian

J’Ouvert brilliantly creates a carnival atmosphere with only 3 actors, pulling the audience into the fun, making that precious rarity: a genuinely hilarious play that has a lot to stay and still kills you with laughter

· Everything Theatre (Theatre 503 run)

Joseph’s writing is poetic and evocative, and she displays a real talent for honestly rendering characters rarely seen on stage

Exeunt (Theatre 503 run)

Sequins, sisterhood and a serious message

· Evening Standard (Theatre 503 run)

Creatives

Loading...
Follow them on the Stagedoor app to get notified when they have a new show.
Previous Next

Date & time

Show ended
Wed 16 Jun - Sat 3 Jul 2021

This event has socially distanced seating, meaning seats can only be booked in spread out blocks. This is to ensure guests are spaced at a safe distance from each other during the performance.

**Promo codes can not be applied on this show**

Venue

Panton Street SW1Y 4DN London, UK · Get Directions
Photo by Helen Murray
Photo by Helen Murray
Photo by Helen Murray
Photo by Helen Murray
3
out of 5 stars
1 user review
Loading user reviews…

Seen the show? Add your review now!

Open in app