One Monkey Don’t Stop No Show - Tricycle Theatre
Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle
ECLIPSE Theatre Company is presenting Don Evans’ One Monkey Don’t Stop No Show at the Tricycle Theatre – from January 17 (preview January 16) to February 9, 2013.
In 1970’s Philadelphia suburbs, the Harrisons are the most respected middle-class Black family. However, the arrival of their young niece and her radical ideas from the rural South, turns their polite, Christian life on its head.
Described as an hilariously outrageous play in which The Cosby Show meets Restoration Comedy, One Monkey Don’t Stop No Show is about how hard we try to hide who we really are.
One Monkey Don’t Stop No Show received its UK premiere in a co-production between Eclipse Theatre and Sheffield Theatres in October 2011.
The cast includes Jacqueline Botswain (Mozelle/Mrs Caldwell), Karl Collins (Avery Harrison), Jocelyn Jee Esien (Myra Harrsion), Beverley Harrison (Rebecca Scroggs), Caleb Johnson (Clifford Samuel), Rochelle Rose (Lil’ Bits) and Issac Ssebandeke (Felix Harrsion).
One Monkey Don’t Stop No Show is directed by Dawn Walton, whose credits for Eclipse Theatre also include The Hounding of David Oluwale and Michael X. For Sheffield Theatres, she has directed There’s Only One Wayne Matthews.
Her credits elsewhere include Oxford Street, 93.2pm, Drag-On and The Shining (Royal Court Theatre); Winners and The Blacks (Young Vic); Urban Legend (Liverpool Everyman Theatre); Of Mice and Men (Southwark Playhouse) and Splinters (Talawa Theatre Company).
Don Evans was a noted African-American playwright, theatre director, actor and educator. A contemporary of August Wilson, he was a founding member of the Black Theatre Network and the African Grove Institute for the Arts. His principal works include Sugarmouth Sam Don’t Dance No More, The Trials and Tribulations of Staggerlee Brooker T. Brown, The Prodigals, Orrin, Matters of Choice, It’s Showdown Time, A Lovesong for Miss Lydia, Louis and Mahalia.
Eclipse Theatre Company is the only black-led national touring company delivering an annual middle-scale tour across the regions. Previous tours include Moon on a Rainbow Shawl by Errol John, Mother Courage and Her Children by Bertolt Brecht, adapted by Oladipo Agboluaje, Little Sweet Thing by Roy Williams, Three Sisters by Anton Chekhov, adapted by Mustapha Matura, Angel House by Roy Williams, The Hounding of David Oluwale by Kester Aspden, adapted by Oladipo Agboluaje and SUS by Barrie Keeffe (co-production with Young Vic Theatre).
One Monkey Don’t Stop No Show is designed by Libby Watson, with lighting by Natasha Chivers and sound by Adrienne Quartly.
One Monkey Don’t Stop No Show is suitable for ages 12+.
For more information or to book, call the box office on 020 7328 1000 or visit www.tricycle.co.uk/.