Red Velvet

ISBN-10: 1408173557
ISBN-13: 9781408173558
Edition: 2012
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Description: "It's like being at a crossroads - a point of absolute, unequivocal change. It makes the blood rush."Olivier-award winning actor Adrian Lester plays Ira Alridge in the world premiere of Lolita Chakrabarti's new play,Red Velvet, which launches Indhu  More...

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Book details

Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing Plc
Publication date: 10/11/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 128
Size: 5.09" wide x 7.74" long x 0.33" tall
Weight: 0.242
Language: English

"It's like being at a crossroads - a point of absolute, unequivocal change. It makes the blood rush."Olivier-award winning actor Adrian Lester plays Ira Alridge in the world premiere of Lolita Chakrabarti's new play,Red Velvet, which launches Indhu Rubasingham's reign as the Tricycle Theatre's new Artistic Director. The play is set in the Theatre Royal, Covent Garden, in 1833. Edmund Kean, the greatest actor of his generation, has collapsed on stage whilst playing Othello. A young black American actor, Ira Aldridge, has been asked to take over the role. But, as the public riot in the streets, how will the cast, critics and audience react to the revolution taking place in the theatre?Imagined experiences based on the often-forgotten, but true, story of Ira Aldridge, an African-American actor who, in the nineteenth century, built an incredible reputation on the stages of London and Europe.

Lolita Chakrabarti is a British actress and writer who has worked extensively on stage and screen. Her most recent theatre credits includeThe Great Game, Afghanistanfor The Tricycle,Last Seen - Joyfor the Almeida,Free Outgoingfor the Royal Court andJohn Gabriel Borkmanfor the Donmar Warehouse. Her screen credits includeVera,Outnumbered,Hustle,Extras,Christmas Special,Holby City,Silent Witness,Amnesia,William and Mary,Fortysomething,Bodies, andForgiven. She also played WPC Jamila Blake in the long running ITV dramaThe Bill. Writing credits includeThe Goddess for Woman's Houron BBC Radio 4,Faith, Hope and Blue Charity, also on BBC Radio 4 andLast Seen - Joyfor Slung Low and the Almeida. In 2012, herRed Velvetwas the first play performed under the Tricycle's new artistic director Indhu Rubasingham.

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