‘Do you think dreams are wasted on people like us?’
It’s a hot and humid summer in 1958 St Anns, Nottingham. Tempers are flaring and Teddy Boys are on the march. Jamaican couple Pearl and George are helping Caribbean migrants to cut loose by hosting a forbidden party at their Shebeen. Pearl has dreams of opening a restaurant on the Wells Road. George, a retired boxer, has hung his dreams next to his gloves. A young interracial couple are falling in love and figuring out how to be together.
As tensions mount on a night filled with rum, calypso and dancing, and with the Shebeen under threat from the police, everyone is forced to confront the uncomfortable truths their relationships are built upon.
Specially commissioned by Nottingham Playhouse, Shebeen invites you to a party you never knew existed. This world premiere by Nottingham Writer, Mufaro Makubika, shines a light on a community under siege and the sacrifices made for love.
Shebeen is the WINNER of the Alfred Fagon Best New Play of the Year award!
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Venue: Main House
Time: 7.30pm (matinees at 2.30pm)
Price: from £10
Age Guidance: 14+ (some strong language and violent scenes)
Access performances: Audio described Saturday 7 July 2.30pm; Captioned Thursday 5 July 7.30pm; BSL interpreted Friday 6 July 7.30pm
Concessions: Available at many performances for children and under 26s. If you can’t attend a show without the support of a companion or carer, you can get a companion ticket free of charge – click here for details.
Newham Discount Night: There are a limited number of £5 tickets for the performance on Wed 20 Jun. These are available for first time visitors who live or work in Newham (proof of address required) and there's a maximum of two per person. Only available to book in person or over the phone.
Our ticket prices increase as the theatre fills. We always recommend booking early to secure the best seats at the best price.
Presented by Nottingham Playhouse Theatre Company in association with Theatre Royal Stratford East.
Writer Mufaro Makubika
Director Matthew Xia
Designer Grace Smart
Lighting Designer Ciarán Cunningham
Sound Designer/Composer Richard Hammarton
Dramaturg Kirsty Patrick Ward
Starring Karl Collins in the role of George. Remaining cast TBA.
Martina Laird in the role of Pearl.