JN Benjamin

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Reviews (16)
The Stage (UK)

"Creative team come together in perfect sensual harmony...Movement direction from Kane Husbands is also remarkable – it gently illustrates the world of the play, sweeping through the scene transitions like a cool summer breeze." Full Review

The Stage (UK)

"Black lives are made of multitudes and this piece reflects that. There is a risk, though, that starting this particular conversation so far in the past creates too comfortable a distance from reality." Full Review

The Stage (UK)

Déja J Bowens makes a confident professional debut as Mamie. Meanwhile, Kayla Meikle steps into her first leading role with the wise energy beyond her years. Full Review

The Stage (UK)

“Daddy” – A Melodrama very much has the chaotic energy of a young hustler trying very hard (too hard) to figure things out. His later work, Slave Play, which premiered on Broadway in 2018, is a more sophisticated piece. Full Review

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Camberwell
The Stage (UK)

Kassaraté and Banya give chilling performances in this 90-minute two-hander...The play reads like a feature-length poem. It favours quick exchanges over prosaic dialogue. Sometimes, when the characters cannot find the right thing to say, they defer to song. Full Review

The Stage (UK)

There’s something incredibly powerful about seeing elements of Nigerian culture and heritage represented in Ellams’ stirring adaptation. Full Review

Emilia
Barbican
The Stage (UK)

for a previous production Nicole Charles’ production loses a little of its magic in its new home, but none of its power. Full Review

Poet in da Corner
Sloane Square
The Stage (UK)

for a previous production Stevenson’s story is one of rage and trauma, but also comedy...Ola Ince’s production is an epiphany and game-changer. It throws away the rulebook and opens your ears and eyes to what theatre could and should be.' Full Review

Clutch (London)
Shepherds Bush
The Stage (UK)

"It’s excellent casting, the gulf between their personalities highlighting the central theme of friendship. They’re the sort of pair you might typically expect not to ‘get’ each other; the fact that they do is part of the magic. " Full Review

The Stage (UK)

" 'Roy Williams’ new play occasionally leans heavily into pejorative stereotypes – which can sometimes feel uncomfortable to watch – but his talent for excavating the depths of the world of Black Britishness is undisputable." Full Review

The Stage (UK)

But the other thing about this production that has not changed is its intention. That affirmation is no less necessary than it was last year: Black boys, you are beautiful, you are valuable – and you matter. How wonderful that more people get to receive this message. Full Review

Red Pitch
Shepherds Bush
The Stage (UK)

It’s difficult to believe that this is Tyrell Williams’ debut. It’s intelligent, nuanced and the dialogue is tight...It’s a next-level coming-of-age story. Full Review

The Stage (UK)

There’s something incredibly powerful about seeing elements of Nigerian culture and heritage represented in Ellams’ stirring adaptation...The performances in Nadia Fall’s compelling production are uniformly excellent.' Full Review

Strange Fruit
Shepherds Bush
The Stage (UK)

for a previous production Nancy Medina’s...direction captures all of the different conflicts in Phillips’ play and weaves them together in a way that is potent and affecting.' Full Review

Richard II
Bankside
The Stage (UK)

Andoh and Linton are a formidable pair and their direction transforms Shakespeare’s play into something visually irresistible: their staging is full of striking images. Full Review

The Jungle
Brooklyn
The Stage (UK)

for a previous production "The music is the beating heart of the show. John Pfumojena’s compositions unite audience and actors through mellifluous harmonies. The Jungle features stellar performances across the ensemble...A transferred production rarely manages to achieve the same energy, the same magic as its original. The West End transfer of 'The Jungle' not only matches the excellence of the Young Vic version, it raises the bar." Full Review