At one point it was thought that this might be one National Theatre hit not to follow the transfer route recently enjoyed by Democracy, Jerry Springer — The Opera and others, but producers Bill Kenwright, Jenny King and Matthew Gale and the Birmingham Repertory Theatre have stepped into the breach. Kwame Kwei-Armah's play depicts a single father's struggle to keep going in a rough corner of Hackney, while shielding his son from a life of crime. It's set in a shabby café where tensions soon come to a head.
Angus Jackson directs, with designs by Bunny Christie. Hartley T.A. Kemp supplies the lighting designs, with music by Neil McArthur and sound by Neil Alexander. The cast includes Kwei-Armah himself, Dona Croll, Oscar James, Michael Obiora, Shaun Parkes and Don Warrington.
The show is booking until Aug. 20, 2005. For more information, call (0)870 890 1104.