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J'Ouvert London Reviews and Tickets

82%
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Positive
67%
Mixed
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Members say
Absorbing, Ok, Reasonable script, Exquisite, Delightful

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

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60 Reviews | 3 Followers
57
Reasonable production, Reasonable set, Reasonable script, Reasonable acting, Ok

See it if you hadn't been able to go to the theatre because of Lockdown

Don't see it if you don't like Carnival.

25 Reviews | 2 Followers
100
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.

Don't see it if You don’t like new and exciting writing?

23 Reviews | 0 Followers
90
Refreshing, Intelligent, Absorbing

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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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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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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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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 Telegraph (UK)
June 25th, 2021

The real [Notting Hill] Carnival was last week cancelled for the second year in a row; J’Ouvert may be the closest we get to its exuberance this year.
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