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Delightful, Absorbing, Exquisite, Enchanting, Great writing

Yasmin Joseph's award-winning play explores the traditions of London's Notting Hill Carnival.

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Great writing, Exquisite, Enchanting, Delightful, Absorbing

See it if You’d like to experience the highs and lows of London’s vibrant Notting Hill carnival - touches on gentrification, misogyny and friendship.

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Critic Reviews (9)

The London Evening Standard
June 25th, 2021

Mostly, though, it’s a tremendously enjoyable, raucous evening from a four-strong female cast with two gutsy, energetic central performances.
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The Guardian (UK)
June 24th, 2021

There are potentially interesting arguments about class, cultural appropriation and Gen-Z activism to be found in the clashes between the friends, but they could have been further developed.
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The Times (UK)
June 25th, 2021

Where does the carnival atmosphere come from then? It’s to be found, in part, in the vivacious interplay between two young women who are unashamed about their desire to let their bodies talk for them.
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The Arts Desk
June 29th, 2021

It's all but impossible not to feel the sheer joy in performance imparted by Gabrielle Brooks and Sapphire Joy, playing Londoners who have converged in 2017 on the Notting Hill festivities at the j'ouvert of the title, i.e. the official start of Carnival.
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The Stage (UK)
June 24th, 2021

Joseph’s writing captures the heat and colour of carnival, but also provides a more layered look at its history and political significance.
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London Theatre
June 24th, 2021

This is soul-soaring theatre, charged with a sense of ritual and legacy that give it an elemental power: exhilarating.
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WhatsOnStage
June 24th, 2021

Joseph's text, lyrical, pulsing, woven with tunes and multi-roling, blends the past and present, the spiritual and the instant.
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The Independent (UK)
June 25th, 2021

Yasmin Joseph’s debut play, a beautifully rendered love letter to Notting Hill Carnival, is a kinetic, strikingly confident piece of work that also happens to be the most “live” that live theatre has felt since its return.
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