Natasha Gordon's Nine Night, an award-winning comedy that celebrates the rituals of a traditional Jamaican Nine Night wake, features in the new autumn season at Leeds Playhouse (September 24-October 15).
Holding up a mirror to family life, the play invites audiences to a traditional Jamaican wake for strong matriarch Gloria. The story unfolds as her children and grandchildren gather to mark her death with nine rum-fuelled nights of music, food, storytelling and laughter.
This new production – a co-production between Leeds and Nottingham Playhouses – follows a successful West End run in 2018, which was nominated for an Olivier award for Best New Comedy and won three other awards. It was originally commissioned by and played at the National Theatre.
Gordon said: “I was blown away by the reaction when it was first produced and I'm really looking forward to sharing the story with audiences in Lees and Nottingham.”
Director Amanda Huxtable said: “It’s a wonderful opportunity to work on a project that I hope will encourage audiences who need a good laugh and a good cry.
"From the moment I started talking with the writer, I felt this was the right time to share her work. Her writing feels particularly resonant and relevant right now, because it’s about life and how we choose to live it."
Nine Night runs at Nottingham Playhouse from October 19–November 5.
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