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Playwright Roy William’s at Royal Court

Theatre showcases black playwright

The Royal Court is staging a quite remarkable play that is causing real excitement across the West End and among London’s art critics. Written by award winning playwright Roy Williams.

Sucker Punch is a deeply psychological drama that uses the metaphor of boxing to illustrate the complexities of racism. Set in south London in the 80’s cockney racist gym owner Charlie spots two hugely talented black boys. What follows is a searing tale of love, blackness, white racism, money and power. Set in the era of  Thatcherism and against a backdrop of riot torn Britain, strike’s and police racism the play is a tour de force of the challenges and contridictions facing black youth in urban Britain.

Starring fine performances by two young black actors Daniel Kaluuya and Anthony Welsh playing the principle characters Leon and Troy respectively, and Nigel Lindsey as the racist Charlie.

The play is attracting rave reviews from those taciturn sourpusses, London art critics. Michael Billington the Guardian said, “ William’s 90-minute play packs a knockout punch. “
Henry Hitchings from the Standard says:
“Williams articulates key aspects of the experience of black British youth in the Eighties in a way that feels fresh and authentic. He handles the issues smartly; the writing is taut, and there are some stinging lines. As a theatrical spectacle, Sucker Punch packs a meaty one-two, and Kaluuya is a knockout”.
Charles Spencer of the Telegraph says:
“Director Sacha Wares builds up the tension in a gripping, interval-free, 90-minute production and Miriam Buether’s wonderfully authentic, venue-transforming design is a terrific coup.”
This is definitely a play worth seeing.
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