First-year students on boomsatsuma’s Professional Acting Diploma present a double bill performance, featuring Mojisola Adebayo’s Wind/Rush Generation(s) and Hattie Naylor’s A Marxist in Heaven, as part of the National Theatre Connections Festival.
This is a play about the British Isles, its past and its present. Set in a senior common room, in a prominent university, a group of first-year undergraduates are troubled, not by the weight of their workload, but by a ‘noisy’ ghost.
So they do what any group self-respecting and intelligent university students would do in such a situation – they get out the Ouija Board to confront their spiritual irritant and lay them to rest – only to be confronted by the full weight of Britain’s colonial past – in all its gory glory.
However, if you think you know about British history, Empire, slavery, economics, racism and humanity, then this play might get you to think again. As the planch on the Ouija Board skates from letter to letter at an ever-increasing breakneck speed, the students are catapulted through space and time, witnessing the injustices, incongruities and inhumanity of the past.
A Marxist in Heaven
By Hattie Naylor
A Marxist in Heaven is a play that does exactly what its title page says it’s going to do. The eponymous protagonist ‘wakes up’ in paradise and once they get over the shock of this fundamental contradiction of everything they believe in…..they get straight back to work….and continue their lifelong struggle for equality and fairness for all….even in death.
Funny, playful, provocative, pertinent and jam-packed with discourse, disputes, deities and disco dancing by the bucketful, this upbeat buoyant allegory shines its holy light on globalization and asks the salient questions – who are we and what are we doing to ourselves?…..and what conditioner do you use on your hair?
boomsatsuma’s Bristol Professional Acting Diploma is developed in association with the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School – part of the Conservatoire for Dance and Drama, and one of the leading drama schools in the world. The course draws on the richness and rigour of the drama training at the Old Vic Theatre School but makes it available for 16-18 year olds.
Feb 27-29, 7.30pm, Redgrave Theatre, BS8 3LE, from £8.