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.