'Out West' Scored by Simon Slater at Lyric Hammersmith Theatre
“A triumphant triptych of plays for today.” ★★★★ I News
‘Out West’, with original music by Simon Slater, is now on at the Lyric Hammersmith Theatre.
“Three new plays by Tanika Gupta, Simon Stephens and Roy Williams. Co-Directed by Rachel O’Riordan & Diane Page. All rooted in West London, the plays explore race, identity and our sense of place and purpose, presented together as a triple bill.”
‘The Overseas Student’, is written by Tanika Gupta and stars Esh Alladi.
“An 18-year old Gandhi has just arrived from India to study Law. Miles from home, his wife and his family, we see him navigate a time of uncertainty, growth and opportunity. As he builds a new life, he explores the joys of money, food and women whilst facing the struggles of class and imperialism.
Gupta’s sharp and profound play is an insight into the teenage years of a man we know will grow up to be one of the most significant figures in history.”
‘Blue Water and Cold and Fresh’ is written by Simon Stephens, with collaborator Emmanuella Cole, and stars Tom Mothersdale.
“In the wake of city lockdown living and Black Lives Matter protests, one man’s journey across London raises difficult truths. His childhood memories. His father’s drinking. The woman he married. The birth of his son. His own white privilege. This heartfelt piece explores what it means to be a father, husband and son.”
‘Go, Girl’ was written by Roy Williams and stars Ayesha Antoine.
“Working as a security guard at Westfield and a mother to a teenage daughter, Donna sees her life as unremarkable. Why have things not turned out how she pictured when she was a young girl, inspired by the words of Michelle Obama? The hope and excitement she once felt has now become isolation and judgement of the choices she has made.
Until one night Donna gets a call from her daughter that makes her rethink her entire life. As their bravery and humanity is tested, Donna realises just how remarkable they both truly are.
A celebration of Black women, everyday heroism, and female resilience.”
The production is running until the 24th July.