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MUSCOVADOa new play about slavery in Barbados

Written by Matilda Ibini
Directed by Clemmie Reynolds
Original Music by James Reynolds 

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Reviews for Muscovado:

“Muscovado is ambitious, complex, powerful, and it delivers dramatic, emotional and political punch.” - Sunny Singh

“Really powerful” – BBC Radio1

“Stirring. This isn’t theatre for the faint-hearted – it’s gruelling stuff. Go if you can.”FemaleArts.com

“Highly recommend” – Jules Haworth, Soho Theatre

“… a truly visceral experience. The sweat dripping from the bodies of the actors, confessions in candlelight and sacred song combine to make this church -although a world away from Barbados- a fitting and intimate space to witness some great writing from a promising future playwright.” - Robyn Bennet, The Blain Reaction

“… a complex multi-layered story of pain felt by both slaves and masters… an uncompromising portrayal of slavery in all its brutality while offering an alternative narrative that restores the humanity slaves are often denied in modern day tellings” – Ella Achola, Media Diversified

“Compelling. A passionate piece of work that really ought to be seen not just because it’s Black History Month but because the lessons of slavery are still being learnt today. It is a necessary and daring insight into history that though should never be forgotten and should never be repeatedGo and see it!” – Ronke Lawal, Afridiziak

Watch the Trailer..

This year we have been developing a brand new play with award-winning playwright Matilda Ibini.

The play has been developed through collaborations with the Young Vic and V&A Museum, and with support from Arts Council England.

Listen to the music from ‘Muscovado’

‘Muscovado’ is set against the backdrop of a rich and atmospheric soundtrack written by BurntOut composer James Reynolds. Played and sung live by the cast and four choral singers, it is a combination of classical part song, soulful negro spirituals and an exotic soundscape of mosquitoes, drums and whips.

Credo in Unum Deo

Mass for Muscovado

Lay Down By The Riverside

 

What else do we do?..

OPEN-AIR SHAKESPEARE

Each summer we tour an open-air Shakespeare production to parks, gardens and city squares in South of England:

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 “Outstanding” - A Younger Theatre

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“Easily the most age-accessible Shakespeare play I’ve watched, with adults and children alike in hoots of laughter…A perfect experience for a summer day” - Everything Theatre  ****

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“An afternoon of pure entertainment” - ***** (5 Stars), The Surrey Advertiser

 

 

 

 

 

“achingly beautiful… it really moved the soul.” - The Guildford Magazine

 

 

 

 

 

 

“…the perfect combination of brawling comedy and mysterious magic…audience members old and young, Shakespeare-savvy or otherwise, were able to appreciate the beauty of the work and, equally importantly, just how funny Shakespeare can be.” - Everything Theatre

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“The enthusiasm and knowledge of this young cast are infectious… BurntOut Theatre is going from strength to strength.” Cotswold Life