Sunday 25th September

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White Witch
Tom McCarron, with Gemma Rook as the White Witch.

The Broadway Studio Theatre: The White Witch of Rose Hall

Rating:

The depiction of subjugation (let alone torture) is hard to take however it’s done. In live theatre it really hits home. Particularly as in this instance racially motivated, white against black. Or for anyone who finds the controlling traits of religion and superstition distasteful. This is not for the faint-hearted.

Plantation owner Annie Palmer’s horrendous mantra “It’s on my command whether my slaves live or die…” is gut-wrenching in its actuality. The arrival of a conscientious (and also young and handsome) English bookkeeper is bound to cause waves, and even the island girls’ banter is undercut with danger. The show benefits from Alicia McKenzie’s impressive dramatic range, subtly played-out as housemaid Millie. Just one of a superb cohort of black actors who earn the highest praise for skilfully reigniting an abhorrent prejudice. Simon James Collier made a brave and skilful move rewriting this legend to directly confront such abuses of power.

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Category: Hidden London