Absorbing, Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Intelligent
About the Show
Ché Walker's coming of age drama about a teenager growing up in 1980s America.
Teenager Maxine and her alcoholic father move from rural Georgia to the metropolitan city of Los Angeles against a backdrop of the LA uprising, the Northridge Earthquake and Reagan's politics. Writer and director Ché Walker makes his debut at the Hampstead Theatre.
The play, small in itself, carries its own devastating and seismic power...If the lockdowns turned the monologue into an overfamiliar form, Wolf Cub remoulds it into something new, exciting and dangerous again.
Ché Walker’s play is a coming-of-age story in Reagan’s America. But, with years of ground to cover, the result is a thinly drawn history...Despite this, Wolf Cub drags as a play. It never roars.
With Walker directing and the twice Olivier-winning actor Sheila Atim, no less, providing evocative incidental music, they have created a haunting 80-minute monologue that embraces epic events.