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Running time: 1 hour 35 minutes, no interval

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Age Guidance: 14+
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This event is part of our season of socially-distanced performances

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“What people you know can party through all of the earth’s elements?”

2‍017. 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) and Sapphire Joy (Our Country’s Good) to tell this epic story.

J’Ouvert was first produced by Bad Breed in co-production with Theatre503 and Tobi Kyeremateng.

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'A blazing play. A glorious feather-bedecked, exuberantly performed reminder of what theatre is for. Rejoice.'

The Stage

'I can’t say this with enough emphasis. Buy a ticket for J’OUVERT. Then buy another for tomorrow. You’d be mad to miss it.'

Theatre Weekly

'Rebekah Murrell’s production is a blast: a vibrant, electrifying staging, soaked in soca music, that has the audience swaying in their seats.'

Financial Times