Join us for this month’s free play reading
Red Velvet by Lolita Chakrabarti
Thursday 11 January, 7.30pm
Meet in The REP Foyer
This month's play reading will be the acclaimed Red Velvet by Lolita Chakrabarti. This Oliver Award-nominated play tells the story of Ira Aldridge, a young black American actor, as he takes on the role of Othello after the intended performer collapses on stage. Set in 1833, at the same time as the abolition of slavery, the play tells the story of how difficult it is to revolutionise art when there's a political revolution going on outside.
Led by The REP's Education Officer, Bhavik Parmar, this play reading is a great way to discover this powerful play or to rediscover it in a new way. Bhavik says, “I'm really looking forward to reading Red Velvet. The play is a really thought-provoking story about the value of diversity in theatre and performance. It asks questions such as where does skill and experience fit in when it comes to 'being the right fit' for a role? It is a play that challenges stigmas that may still resonate the working lives of many performers in 2018. I'd love for people to join me for this play reading and to hear their thoughts on the journey this very important play takes us on.”
Next play reading:
After The Dance by Terrence Rattigan on Thursday 8 February
Married couple David and Joan live a hedonistic lifestyle. In fact, they claim to have only married for amusement and to not really love each other. But when an earnest-minded younger woman called Helen declares her love for David, the truth comes out. Joan's greatest secret rears its ugly head, she is deeply in love with her husband.