Playhouse cast gets the look of the 70s


Tony Marshall (left) and Leemore Marrett Jr in Jitney
Tony Marshall (left) and Leemore Marrett Jr in Jitney - with appropriate hair

Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright August Wilson’s Jitney opened at Leeds Playhouse this week and just-released images showcase the company in not only vintage 1970s costumes, but also with retro hairstyles.

The look was accurately reproduced by the team at Piranha Hair Studio & Training Academy in Leeds, all of whom worked closely with designer Alex Lowde to deliver an authentic period look.

Directed by Tinuke Craig – recently nominated for Best Director in the Black British Theatre Awards for The Color Purple – the play explores the fragile relationships between fathers and sons and lovers and friends at a time when gentrification and displacement was souring the American dream.

Jitneys are unlicensed taxi cabs and the play is about the lives of a group of jitney drivers.

The cast includes Oldham-raised former regular on BBC1’s Casualty, Tony Marshall, and Sule Rimi, who recently starred alongside Martin Clunes in ITV1’s Manhunt.

A Leeds Playhouse and Headlong co-production, Jitney runs at Leeds Playhouse until November 6.