Theatre Review: Nine Night @ Trafalgar Studios
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Nine Night, the debut play by Natasha Gordon, premiered at The National Theatre (Dorfman) and has now transferred to Trafalgar Studios. The name of the play comes from a tradition practised in the Caribbean - the nine nights wake - that is an extended wake following the death of a loved one. In “Nine Night” we meet a second-generation Jamaican family on the evening of the death of the matriarch, Gloria. The loss of this important member of their family leads to a wake and mourning, where the split identity sense of belonging to two cultures is confronted.
Image courtesy of the National TheatreThe theme of the play is very much the complications of having two nationalities, being born and raised in the English society, but still wanting to honour your roots. Though this is a well written script that manages to tackle sorrow through humour, something is missing. There are a lot of interesting family stories introduced, but the audience is left hanging, lacking an explanation, or some kind of catharsis, as all these smaller stories are presented but then never followed up on.
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