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Author: Akua Gyamfi

90% #OutOf100 – Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom at The National Theatre

Is it necessary to explain that the Blues is a music born out of the suffering of black folks from the deep south of north America by way of Africa?  Pain, regret, loss, anger, frustration, religion, racism, sex, survival… that’s the Blues and it’s also what’s packed into August Wilson’s classic play. Through mostly the perspective of Ma Rainey’s supporting band we are made to understand why black folk sang… had to sang the blues. Although the title, you don’t get to see Ma Rainey’s actual black bottom. This is not a birth to death account of her life either…  ‘Black Bottom’ is a...

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76% #OutOf100 – Aladdin The Musical

When it was announced that Aladdin the musical was coming to the West End, the first thing I knew and rejoiced was that this would mean 100% diversity would be applied to the casting! I wasn’t wrong. Although set in the fictitious Middle Eastern town of Agragba, the true origins of the Aladdin tale is actually said to be China! Somehow over time the origins have been shifted and now we all assume it to be a fantastic Arabian tale. But, for once, this re-write of history works in our favour because it allows us a fantastic musical with...

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Vivienne Acheampong Takes her Teaching Experience to the Stage in, Rainbow Class

Actor, character comedian and primary school teacher Vivienne Acheampong has decided to turn her teaching experiences into one woman show Rainbow Class.
Coming to Assembly Hall, Baillie Room, Mound Place this August, Rainbow Class sheds comic insight into life in an inner-city. Combining verbatim text, stories and characters based on real-life people.

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