“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.
Formless yet fabulous
A radical, important, and revolutionary addition to the theatrical scene
A beautifully rendered love letter to Notting Hill Carnival
This is one of the best shows currently running on the West End
The result is a joyous, plucky work
A soul-soaring, exhilarating piece of theatre
Makes so much out of so little
Excellent and ambitious debut
The wild Carnival you won’t see on London’s streets
Blazing reminder of what theatre is for
The production as a whole feels diffuse and underpowered
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
Joseph’s writing is poetic and evocative, and she displays a real talent for honestly rendering characters rarely seen on stage
Sequins, sisterhood and a serious message
Date & time
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**