Oliver Samuels remains the comical genius that we have always known him to be in his role as Uncle Joshy, the “drink the rum, me dun me dun” Don of Jamaica, in the play – Who A Di Don. The play cleverly showcases the different perceptions of the political and social currents that underpin life in Jamaica for the youth, and elders living in both the town and countryside. Oliver has ingeniously written and co-directed a play that explores the dynamics of a Jamaican family with the themes of friendship, divorce, death, trust and betrayal – all forming a comical backdrop to the socio-political issues being highlighted.
Audrey Reid is brilliant in her role as ‘Sylvia’, the recently widowed, bereft and at times hysterical over-protective mother, who can only trust in her dear friend and Journalist ‘Debbie’, played by Ruth Ho Shing. Debbie is the kind of women that will ‘Mek yuh tell her tings yuh nuh even know you a tell her”, who Uncle Joshy claims is a ‘pest and parasite’ that needs to be “fumigated”. – The one liners exchanged between Debbie and Uncle Joshy will have you in stitches of laughter.
“If me was yuh heart me would attack you”, is just one of the many one liners that had me and the full house under what can only be likened to a comical cardiac arrest . The ‘Who A Di Don’ play opened at the Hackney Empire on Saturday night, and closed to a rapturous applause.
Who A Di Don is the funniest play you will see this year – guaranteed. Don’t take my word for it as the Daily Observer states, it is a “A golden masterpiece” and The Sunday Observer sums it up well, as; “The most hilarious comedy to hit the Jamaican Theatre Scene in years…foot stomping, belly grabbing…uncontrollable laughter”.
Act fast as the last dates for the play are this weekend at the Broadway Theatre Catford on the 28th & 29th July 2012 and my advice for the ‘Don’s and ‘Donette’s‘ intending to see the show, ‘ mek sure yuh tek yuh kerchief ‘ to dab those laughter tears.
You can contact the Box Office on: 0208 690 002 or check out the website here: Broadway Theatre Catford
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