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Bashment comes to east London



Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

THE THEATRE Royal Stratford East, which spawned the West End's first-ever indigenously created musical set amongst Britain's own black community, continues to expand the reach of black British theatre with Bashment, which runs from May 25, 2005, to June 18, 2005, (previews from May 20).

The play with music takes its name from the homophobic influences of today's dance-hall reggae music, which is known as 'bashment', and examines how its influence leads to a gay man being viciously beaten up in a club.

Bashment is written and directed by Rikki Beadle-Blair, one of the UK's leading black directors, who professes a long-held concern on the issue of homophobia in reggae music. Not surprisingly then, Bashment was written as a means of finding the truth and, in Beadle-Blair's own words, "to try to do justice to our humanity."

In the cast are Ludvig Bonin, Nathan Clough, Jennifer Daley, Joel Dommett, Arnie Hewitt, Duncan MacInnes, Joe Marshall, Anthony Newell, Jason Teed and Luke Toulson.

 

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